EPA has new requirements to reduce air pollution of metals such as chrome, lead, cadmium, manganese and nickel compounds, and also to reduce methylene chloride fumes, from autobody refinishing work. These compounds pose health risks to anyone who breathes the air when these fumes are present. Many paints used in autobody refinishing work contain these compounds.
The new regulations require autobody shops and refinishing businesses to do several things to prevent these metals from getting into the air during spray painting.
This is a short summary of things an existing shop must do before January 2011. New autobody shops must do all these before beginning to paint. Although EPA has no requirements for hobbyists or private citizens, two things should be noted:
EPA office. Your state is listed in the web link for your EPA office –