Ventilation for Painting in Enclosed Spaces (2012-456)
- Atrium Environmental Health and Safety Services
- Newport News Shipbuilding
- Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center
NSRP ASE Investment: $150K
The purpose of this project was to collect new data that is representative of current industry conditions in order to develop a predictive tool to better estimate and establish some ventilation performance metrics for effective control of potential airborne hazards to health during shipyard painting processes. The project team successfully completed a comprehensive assessment of ventilation performance for air contaminant control with current shipyard practices for painting in enclosed spaces. The observation and testing covered a broad spectrum of shipyard painting processes. This work included surface ships and submarines, brush and spray applications, ships afloat and subsections under construction, work in small tight compartments and in large enclosed blast and paint facilities.
The results of this work have shown that the participating shipyards have been able to develop, demonstrate and apply specialized equipment, skills and methods to effectively install and operate both fixed and temporary ventilation systems for painting in enclosed spaces.
Final Report – Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited