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Following are a set of P2 options you may wish to implement. No option is perfect for everyone, but sometimes options that have worked at one facility can work at yours. They might also serve as inspiration.

Reviewed Coating - Employee Training Options

Options below have reviewed by pollution prevention specialists. They are commonly recommended and implemented for facilities.

Spray gun handling training
Train employees on proper spraying techniques. Spray gun handling is a critical element of optimizing the process. Proper handling techniques will minimize off-spray and reduce wet surface area surrounding the product. Make sure all employees know the following: The spray gun should be held as close to the surface as possible (6-8 inches is optimal), in consideration of the material output, fan pattern, and size and arrangement of the mold. Minimize leading and trailing edges. Sometimes the operator must start spraying just before the part passes, and ceases just after the part passes. This “leading edge” ensures coating uniformity. To reduce overspray, operators should reduce the distance between the point of triggering and the edge of the target. The fan pattern intercept angle should be maintained as close to perpendicular to the mold surface as possible. The perimeter of the objects should be sprayed as accurately as possible, avoiding spraying off the edge to the greatest extent possible. The spray gun should be adjusted to the lowest possible pressure that produces an acceptable fan pattern.

Unreviewed Options, Use with CautionUnreviewed Coating - Employee Training Options

Options below have not been reviewed by pollution prevention specialists. They are commonly recommended and implemented for facilities.

PP elements
describe elements of an effective PP plan ensure employee involvement.
Purchasing smaller quantities of solvents
Training the Principle Investigators and laboratory workers about RCRA and the "cradle-to-grave" requirements of hazardous materials we encourage them to purchase smaller quantities of solvents and other laboratory chemicals which will cut back on eventual wastes.
Conducting shop surveys to reduce waste
Examining the results of the laboratory safety evaluations is an effective method to reduce chemical volumes and types with the goal of preventing and reducing spills and reducing waste stream volumes.
Pollution prevention training program
All employees are trained in RCRA Regulations, spill prevention and clean-up.
PP elements
Describe elements of an effective PP plan thru classroom training to ensure employee involvement.

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