Does your facility have any areas used for spraying, dipping, or coating processes? If these operations run regularly, you must apply Art. 516 [516.1].
Article 516 differentiates between a spray room, spray booth, and spray area [516.2]:
- Spray room: A dedicated room with dedicated ventilation supply and exhaust.
- Spray booth: A dedicated enclosure (within a room) with dedicated ventilation exhaust (ventilation supply needn’t be dedicated).
- Spray area: An area that has some local vapor extraction or ventilation.
Some requirements apply to only one or two of the above. Regardless of whether you have a room, booth, or enclosure, you must classify the location [516.3]. The location must conform to the applicable requirements that follow from 516.5 onward.
Classification isn’t as hard as it sounds:
- The interior of a container of flammable liquid is Class I, Division 1 or Class I, Zone 0.
- The interiors of spray booths, exhaust ducts, sumps, and some other areas are Class I or Class II, Division 1.
- Places open to air are generally Class I or Class II, Division 2.