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Painting and Spraying
National Summary

This topic covers OSHA’s regulations for spray finishing, defined as any method where “organic or inorganic chemicals are utilized in dispersed form for deposit on surfaces to be coated, treated, or cleaned.” Examples of covered activities include application of flammable liquids in a spray booth or area, electrostatic coating operations, and automobile body lining operations.

OSHA has a specific standard for spray finishing using flammable and combustible materials, found in 29 CFR 1910.107. Other applicable standards for painting and spraying include those for ventilation (29 CFR 1910.94), eye and face protection (29 CFR 1910.133), and respiratory protection (29 CFR 1910.134).

For related resources and training materials, refer to the following topics:

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Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.107 Spray finishing using flammable and combustible materials  National
Handouts Brush Up on Paint Safety (PDF)  National
Interpretations Flash point of cleaning solvents for spray finishing equipment.[1910.107(g)(5)] 04/14/1996National
Quizzes Guide to Safe Painting (PDF)  National
Handouts Guide to Safe Painting (PDF)  National
Quizzes Guide to Safe Painting (PDF) -- Spanish  National
Handouts Guide to Safe Painting (PDF) -- Spanish  National
Trainer's Outlines Guide to Safe Painting (PDF) [7-Minute Safety Trainer] (short outline)  National
Handouts Paint and Coating Spray Safety (PDF)  National
Meetings Paint and Coating Spray Safety (Word)  National
Checklists Paint Safety (PDF)  National
Handouts Paint Safety (PDF)  National
Quizzes Paint Safety (PDF)  National
Trainer's Outlines Paint Safety (PDF) [Safety Audit Checklists]  National
Trainer's Outlines Paint Safety [7-Minute Safety Trainer]  National
Handouts Paint Safety [7-Minute Safety Trainer]  National
Quizzes Paint Safety [7-Minute Safety Trainer]  National
Training Activities Paint Safety Activity (Word)  National
Quizzes Painting and Coating Spray Safety Quiz (Word)  National
Meetings Painting Safety (Word)  National
Quizzes Painting Safety Quiz (Word)  National
Interpretations Requirements for spray booth when spraying water-based paint. 03/28/2008National
Interpretations Spray booth requirements including automatic sprinkler systems, relationship to NFPA 33 requirements, and paint storage.[1910.107; 1910.107(a); 1910.107(b)(5)(iv); 1910.107(e)(3); 1910.106(d)(4); 1910.161; 1910.162; 1910.106(a)(18); 1910. 08/12/2004National
Interpretations Spray finishing using flammable and combustible materials. [1910.107] 06/15/1994National
Interpretations Spray painting relating to vehicle maintenance operations [1910.107; 1910.134; 1910.252; 1910.1000; 1910.1200; 1910.94] 07/28/1992National
Checklists Spraying safety checklist (Word)  National
Interpretations The airflow rate required for a spray painting area. 04/08/1997National
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