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Spray Gun Cleaning Best Practices Checklist

  • Reduces employee exposure (skin contact and inhalation) to gun cleaning solvent and paint

  • Reduces solvent waste and saves money on waste disposal fees

  • Cuts down on solvent use and saves money on virgin solvent

Existing gun cleaning unit:

checkbox for Enclosed basin   checkbox for Parts sink   checkbox for Ventilated

checkbox for Other:___________________________________

OK Needs Work N/A Element Implementation Notes
      Enclose/cover gun cleaning unit when possible  
      Use automated cycle where possible

    If vented, exhaust vapors out of work area
      Preclean gun to remove gross contamination and extend service life

1Required element of the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Air Management Regulation V.


  • Improves solvent performance

  • Reduces worker exposures

  • Prevents solvent loss from evaporation or leaks
Solvent replacement: checkbox for In-house checkbox for Outside service      System in good condition: checkbox for Yes   checkbox for No
OK Needs Work N/A Element Implementation Notes
      Replace solvent routinely (at least once a month)  
      Ensure hoses and unit are intact
      Ensure lid seats properly


  • Reduces employee inhalation exposures to solvent vapors

Type of respirator used:

checkbox for ½ mask APR   checkbox for Full facepiece APR   checkbox for None

checkbox for Other:______________________________________

Type of cartridge used:

checkbox for Organic vapor   checkbox for Other:______________________________

OK Needs Work N/A Element Implementation Notes

Consistently use half-mask APR w/organic vapor cartridge or better when cleaning spray guns or when working near the cleaning unit.
(See guidance on respiratory protection programs and a list of respirator manufacturers and suppliers in the Health and Safety Management Section of your kit.)


1Required element of OSHA where contaminant levels exceed the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL).


  • Reduces employee skin exposure to solvents

Type of gloves worn:

checkbox for Nitrile   checkbox for Butyl rubber   checkbox for PVA   checkbox for Latex*   checkbox for None

checkbox for Other:___________________________________________

How often are gloves changed?

checkbox for After each task   checkbox for Several times per day, but not after each task

checkbox for Once or twice per day   checkbox for Other:___________________________________

Protective eyewear used?

checkbox for Yes   checkbox for No

OK Needs Work N/A Element Implementation Notes
      Consistently wear proper gloves when working with paints and solvents (check with glove manufacturer for suggested glove types - see a list of protective glove manufacturers and suppliers in the Health and Safety Management section of your kit)

      Ensure gloves are in good condition and free of tears or punctures
      Wear proper eye protection

*Latex gloves do not provide protection against most solvents used in auto refinishing shops.

1Required element of OSHA's Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) standard (29 CFR 1910.132).

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