Painting Hazards and Workplace Safety Control Measures

PPE selection information and hazard education resources for you and your industrial painting team.

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Check out 3Ms Range of PPE and Respirators for Painting

PPE for Spray Painting | Respirator Requirements

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    Water-based painting

    When hazard exposure is less than occupational Exposure limit, disposable respirators might be suitable. Disposable respirators can provide up to an APF of 10.

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    Solvent-based painting

    Solvent-based paints often contain a higher level of organic solvents, requiring a respirator with a higher protection factor. Reusable respirators can provide up to an APF of 25.

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    Industrial powder coatings

    These coatings typically have minimal or no VOCs, flammability is a possible hazard requiring a respirator meeting intrinsically safe standards.

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    Clean-up solvents

    Clean-up solvents require respirators that support varying protection factors. PAPRs can provide up to an APF of 100.

The Value of Working with Your 3M Team

Not only do we develop and manufacture PPE you need for your industrial painting projects, but we also offer trainings, resources, and access to our health and safety specialist. All here to help you achieve your safety needs.

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    PPE standardization

    Standardizing PPE across your workforce can help with satisfying certification considerations, selection and use regulations, as well as worksite program requirements. You may find cost savings by ordering from one source.

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    Reputable manufacturer

    Trust our PPE quality that's known for durability and reliability—made possible by our stringent development processes. Our global manufacturing footprint allows us to test, supply, and source at a local level to help comply with specific area requirements and preferences.

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    Global to local

    Our global team is knowledgeable about local PPE standards to help you make important decisions when it comes to complying with regulations and ordinances with an eye towards helping you fulfill your personal worksite requirements, timelines, and program goals.

    Our trained specialists also stay up to date on industry best practices and trends to offer additional beneficial recommendations.

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    Health and safety specialist

    Our dedicated safety specialists can help you understand all the options available and what will help protect your workers from the hazards they may face.

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Our health & safety specialists are here to help you.

Choosing a Powered Air Purifying Respirator | Painting in Many Applications

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    • Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR) are a suitable selection for many painting applications and when using a variety of paint types. Benefits of a PAPR include:

      • Option for intrinsically safe components when flammability is a factor
      • Allows use by wearers who have limited amounts of facial hair, when loose-fitting painter's hoods or helmets are used
      • Fit test is not required, when loose-fitting headgear is used
      • Flexible configurations
      • Cartridge options to meet the protection factor requirements when exposed to Isocynates and other hazards


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    Spray paint goggles

    Maintain visibility and help prevent exposure to paint particles with safety goggles. 3M goggles have optional features, including:

    • Anti-fog coating
    • Scratch-resistance
    • Pressure-diffusion technology helping improve comfort
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    Coveralls for spray painting

    When you need full body coverage and protection from some liquid splashes or sprays and hazardous particles, see if protective coveralls work for you. 3M offers variety of coveralls with breathable fabrics and comfortable features.

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    Paint-repelling full-body harness

    When your industrial painting project has you working at height, look for a full-body harness with webbing material that can repel paint particles. Select 3M full-body harness come with repel-webbing technology to help maintain the cleanliness and integrity of your equipment.

Training Your Team | Workplace Safety Information for Industrial Painting

Find some of our most popular resources to help you train your team.

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    PPE for various hazards

    From airborne hazards to painting at heights, we have PPE to keep you protected all over. This infographic will outline the variety of PPE available to support you and your painting application needs.

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    Learning guide: PPE for industrial painting

    We've created this guide to help you learn more about common painting hazards, injuries and control measures you can take to help provide a safer workplace.

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    Hazard Awareness Bulletins: Learn More

    Download a series of hazard bulletins, including isocyanates, organic solvents and powder coats.