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Environmental Impact Plan


Surface coating is an activity that can be established successfully, with minimal environmental impact if simple guidelines are followed.

For the purpose of this plan, surface coating is defined as works for painters.

The following environmental information is required to undertake an adequate assessment:

  • Separation distances from residential or other sensitive receivers.
  • Air quality protection measures.
  • Noise mitigation measures.
  • Water demand and use.
  • Water and soil protection measures.

Prime Painting Group will develop individual plans for each site as required.



Noise nuisance from surface coating includes noise generated from sanding, grinding, compressors, fans and pumps.

Schedule 2 of the Environment Protection (Industrial Noise) Policy 1994 specifies the maximum level of noise exposure for people living near industrial and other non – domestic premises. These levels are intended for existing situations. However, as existing people are typically more sensitive when a new noise source is introduced into an area, a 5 db (A) reduction should be made to the maximum permissible noise levels contained in Schedule 2 when assessing the suitability of new proposals.

Air Quality

Complaints against painting operations generally relate to solvent fumes and over spray, the impact of which can also be felt by car owners who may experience paint fallout on cars parked on or near the premises.

Water Quality

Pollutants generated by this activity should be prevented from entering water bodies through direct discharge, seepage or through contamination of storm water. Pollutants may include petroleum products, paints, solvents, coolants, degreasing agents, sediments, rubber particles and detergents etc.

Waste water management

Hazardous materials (fuels, oils, pesticides and other chemicals) must be stored in a bundled and preferably rainproof area to minimize the risk of surface/ground water contamination. Materials should be disposed of by an authorized solvent recycling company.

Waste management

Waste products include paint scrapings, residual coatings, solvents and waste powder. All waste products are required to be collected, stored in a closed container, labeled and stored in a roofed, bundled area. Such waste must be removed on a regular basis by a licensed waste transporter.


  • Wash out in an area where water cannot enter waterways, storm water drains, footpaths or roads, preferably up slope from a sediment control device
  • Transfer as much paint as possible back to the tin.
  • Spin brushes and roller sleeves in a waste paint drum.
  • Irrigate a flat grassy area with diluted wash out water, ensuring that it does not enter waterways or storm water.
  • For solvent based paints, return solvent to a solvent recycling depot.
  • Dispose of solid paint waste with other solid waste.
  • Determine if lead is present in surfaces to be painted.
  • If present seal the area with plastic sheeting to prevent escape of dust.
  • To prevent lead fumes, do not use open flame torches on lead paint.
  • Use a High efficiency particulate air (HEPA) vacuum to clean up lead dust.
  • Wash surfaces with a small amount of high phosphate detergent.
  • Minimize paints and chemicals on site by ordering the minimum quantities.
  • Store paints and chemicals in an area that can be contained, in case of spills.
  • Material Safety Data Sheets to be available at all times.
  • Keep Spill Kit on site.
  • Extraction Fans may be required to disperse fumes when painting internally.

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