This document provides guidance for protecting workers involved in the manufacture of paint and allied coating products. The phrase "paint and allied coating products" (SIC 2851) refers to a variety of products having the broad functions of surface protection or decoration. Examples are paints, varnishes, lacquers, and stains as well as related products such as putties and paint and varnish removers. The scope of this document does not encompass the manufacture of raw materials used in coatings or the physical application of coatings. Varnish production is included, although the manufacture of the resins used as raw materials is not. Workers may be exposed to hazards as a result of lack of knowledge of potential problems, inadequate training, or lack of implementation of hazard controls. Workers are exposed to general safety hazards associated with the daily handling and storage of raw materials and the production of paint and allied coating products. These workers may also be exposed to chemical hazards such as pigment dusts, solvent vapors, and gases and the physical agents such as noise. In addition, many substances used are highly volatile and flammable, thus creating potential fire or explosion hazards. Recommendations focus on personal protective equipment, machine guarding, container labeling, worker training, substitution of raw materials, engineering controls, and safe lifting techniques.