14. Painting
14.1. General provisions
14.1.1. Paints may contain toxic or irritant substances and a paint for which no
manufacturer's information is available should not be used.
14.1.2. Some paints dry by evaporation of the paint's solvent and the process may
cause flammable or toxic vapours. All interior and enclosed spaces should be well
ventilated while painting is in progress and until the paint has dried.
14.1.3. Smoking should not be permitted during painting. Naked lights, such as
matches, should not be used in spaces until paint has fully dried.
14.1.4. Great care should be taken when mixing two-pack (two component) paint
as a chemical reaction takes place during the mixing which might create heat and
14.1.5. Chemical rust removers are corrosive and precautions should be taken to
protect eyes and skin.
14.1.6. Spaces where paint and painting equipment are stored should be well
ventilated. (See section 10.9 for guidance concerning entry into such spaces when the
ventilation system is inoperative.)
14.2. Spraying
14.2.1. Personnel should closely follow the manufacturer's instructions on the
operation of spray equipment.
14.2.2. A "paint mist" may form during spraying operations and personnel should
wear suitable personal protective equipment such as a combination suit, hood, gloves
and eye protectors. A respirator may also be necessary.
14.2.3. Paints containing mercury, lead or any toxic compounds should not be
sprayed in interior spaces.
14.2.4. Airless spray equipment ejects paint at a very high pressure. The operation
is hazardous as the paint can penetrate the skin or cause eye injuries. Great care should be
taken in the use of such equipment.
14.2.5. Seafarers should be trained in the correct methods of unblocking nozzles
according to the manufacturer's instructions.

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