Over the past few weeks, we have discussed the harmful effects of solvents in your auto body shop. The truth is, there are plenty of other harmful chemicals besides just solvents (such as toxic paints!) We enjoy being your go-to for garage insurance inquiries, but we also enjoy sharing our knowledge on garage safety. This week, let’s focus on paint use!
While it may not be possible to eliminating paint use all together, there are always ways to reduce it. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, there are a few ways to do so:
1. Opt for high-volume-low-pressure (HVLP) spray guns as opposed to conventional spray guns. They may cost more, but they will reduce labor time and pollution.
2. Provide training to your employees to ensure the best spray application techniques. Those with higher transfer efficiency will save paint, reduce application time, and reduce exposure to air pollutants.
3. Stop spilling paint! Try to minimize waste and spills while you mix paint.
4. Use air-tight containers to reduce vapors and waste. The only time you should open these containers is to add or pour liquid.
There are plenty of benefits to reducing paint use in the garage. It can reduce labor time, costs associated with product purchases, application time and most importantly, it can reduce exposure to hazardous air pollutants. That is a plus for your workers!
At Wolpert Insurance, we want the best for your auto body and repair shop. This is exactly why we are dedicated to providing you with the most comprehensive garage insurance program in New England! For more information, contact our agency today.