When we have a fender bender in our cars, we take them to the experts to get them fixed. We drop the car off and never really think about what goes on to fix the car, the work and sometimes dangers that are involved. Working in a body shop means that you are constantly surrounded by potential danger. There are power tools used for cutting and shaping and there is also lots of very technical and heavy equipment all around the workshop. However, the place where things get a little more dangerous is in the paint spray booth itself. You may look at the guys spraying your car from a safe distance, but while they are in there, they are surrounded by gases that you don’t see and these gases can be very hazardous for your health.
The best way to protect employees from these dangers is to install a spray booth extractor fan to make sure that there is good air flow and that the toxic gases are removed from the booth. Modern paint booths need to be designed in such a way that they can filter out all the flammable gases and move all the air towards an extractor fan so that there is proper ventilation. This extractor fan must operate independently and needs to be running when spraying is taking place and also after spraying has stopped. Filters need to be installed that capture the vast majority of the fumes and the booth needs to be fully enclosed with seals on all doors.
When constructing your paint booth with extractor fan for ventilation, there are some pieces of equipment that you can’t do without. There must be fans installed to allow the air to circulate and the gases must be moved to the outside of the building. It is necessary therefore to check that your spray booth extractor fan is not blocked, which means that it won’t overheat and not work properly. It is imperative that it is checked regularly to ensure that it is operating at its peak level.
Your spray booth needs a filter and there are two to choose from. First, you have the exhaust filter and then the intake filter. The exhaust filter works by capturing over sprayed coatings before they are put into the environment and the intake filter is used to clean dirt and other contaminants from the air that enters into the paint booth itself. It is important to check and replace your filters when necessary because if they are not working properly, then the people working inside the spray paint booth may be at risk and you don’t want that to occur.
There are lots, including the inhalation of toxic fumes which are very harmful to people’s health and you need to keep the booth properly ventilated to avoid this. Fire is a real risk because of the paint fumes and a fire suppression system is very much advised. A poor quality finish on the cars is likely if the ventilation system is not capturing dust, dirt and other contaminants.
Keeping the spray booth extractor fan working at its optimum is essential if workers are to be kept safe while doing their jobs and if the car is to be sprayed correctly.