University Safety and Assurances

Indoor Air Quality: Electrostatic Painting Guidelines

Electrostatic Painting of Lockers in Engelmann Hall

Electrostatic painting of office furnishings is occasionally requested by UWM departments. While this method of painting is efficient and economical, the method is not without risk or annoyance. Electrostatic painting often uses solvent-based paint, which can adversely affect indoor air quality.

Departments planning on electrostatic painting must initiate any such work with UWM Purchasing and/or Facility Services.

In general, all furnishings must be shipped to the University Services & Research Building so that painting may occur in a ventilated paint-spray booth. In an effort to maintain acceptable indoor air quality, electrostatic painting may not be performed in occupied campus buildings without prior authorization from the Department of University Safety & Assurances.

When off-site painting is not feasible, departments must assume all costs associated with on-site furniture painting projects.  For example, budgeting for premium wage rates for weekend or night work as well as air monitoring costs associated with the project will be necessary.