While spray painting is an easy, convenient way to complete certain painting projects, precautions must be taken in order to protect oneself and others. Vapors and chemicals from the paint can not only be harmful to the human body but can also become extremely dangerous when exposed to other elements such heat sources.

Important precautions to be taken when spray painting include:

  • Using proper ventilation
  • Keeping aerosol away from heat sources
  • Not damaging or using a damaged spray paint can
  • Avoiding painting near heat sources or open flames
  • Using PPE to protect skin and eyes
  • Not painting electrical or lighting fixtures, including wiring, light bulbs, damaged cords, and areas of a fixture where there may be excessive heat

For more details on OSHA regulations and safety for spray painting, please visit https://www.osha.gov/dts/maritime/sltc/ships/surfaceprep/spray_painting.html.