Auto Shop Safety Begins With Fume Extraction

Auto repair and paint shops often employ fume extraction systems to prevent paint fumes from affecting worker health.

With all of the vehicle accidents and collisions that occur on a daily basis, there is no shortage of work for auto repair and paint shops. But with the benefits of steady work comes potential occupational hazards –such as chemical exposure.

Spraying activities in the automotive industry can create a potentially unhealthy indoor air quality due to the strong chemical components found in paints and inks. Mists and fumes can linger in the environment and negatively impact the health of those in the immediate area. Workers and customers, often without realizing that air quality has been compromised, may begin to feel ill.

Air cleaning equipment, especially fume extraction devices, are one of the most important safety measures one can use to rid the air of impurities caused by paint overspray.

Many shops and garages opt to use a spray booth, which contains the job to a specific area. A spray booth is one type of occupational engineering control system the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends to protect worker health. Inside a sealed spray booth are both air conditioning and fume extraction systems. Not only can a spray booth lower the chance of fire and explosion, the controlled environment limits air impurities from escaping into public spaces.

To avoid indoor air pollution, the first priority for auto and garage workers should be keeping their work area clean and free of contaminants. But health hazards like paint overspray and chemical mists need engineering controls to reduce the amount of airborne contaminants that result from day-to-day activities in the auto work environment. Air cleaning systems like fume extractors and oil mist collectors will improve IAQ, providing workers and customers alike, clean air to breathe.