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Upcoming Spray Efficiency Training

By Ken Grimm, Pollution Prevention Resource Center

Back by popular demand

The Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) and Ecology have teamed up again to offer spray efficiency training to companies that do surface coating.

Look for these upcoming workshops around the state (dates and location details still to be determined):

  • Fall 2017 in Spokane.
  • Winter 2017/2018 in Tri-Cities.
  • Spring 2018 in Bellingham.
  • SeaTac and Vancouver to be determined.

These workshops are open to any business that does surface coating. The training will include:

  • A certificate and support documents, effective for five years, showing compliance with EPA’s 6H surface coating regulations.
  • Videos and discussion of techniques proven to reduce paint use, paint waste, and dangerous waste generation.
  • Practice time on the Virtual Reality Paint Training System. This will provide painters and supervisors the opportunity to try different techniques without having to wear PPE, waste material, or clean equipment. Participants receive instant feedback on coverage and transfer efficiency.
  • Information and discussion on the advantages and barriers of converting to waterborne coatings.

Proven efficiency increases

PPRC has provided spray efficiency training to more than 200 companies nationwide, including industrial, aerospace, collision repair, and shipyard sectors.

Based on over 10 years of data, PPRC has found that, on average, autobody painters reduce their volume of paint by 22 percent after training. Military painters see a 27 percent average reduction. Woodfold, a woodworking company based in Oregon, reduced their paint usage costs by $34,664 the year after taking spray efficiency training, despite a 10 percent increase in production.

Ecology and PPRC are interested in outreach to all communities. If you want to learn more about this training or have a workshop conducted in your area, please contact PPRC Industry Outreach Manager Ken Grimm at 206-352-2050 or