Why aren’t all spray booths ETL-certified?
ETL certification for spray booths is the process of a third-party firm, like Intertek, evaluating the paint booths for compliance to NFPA-33 Standard for Spray Application Using Flammable or Combustible Materials. The certifier also evaluates the manufacturer for quality control processes and potential problems with repeatability that would affect product quality. The certifier performs quarterly audits to review materials, processes and associated factors to ensure that the product continues to comply with the published standard. The certifier also requires the manufacturer to record and respond to Customer complaints about the listed products.
Many spray booth manufacturers of cheaper products simply cannot afford to have the personnel to support this process. They design, manufacture and sell spray booths with little or no input from third-party firms that assess the performance and quality of their products.
Tools USA offers 7 standard spray booths and a paint mixing room that have optional ETL kits that ease the permitting process. Obtaining this certification was complex and expensive. Tools USA selected the 8 most popular items to be certified but could not do so for all products as some items like truck spray booths are too cost-prohibitive to sample and test when compared to the volumes sold. Since a large number of Tools USA spray booths are certified, we can help with the testing and listing of a spray booth that is outside of the range of currently certified booths.
Tools USA is not permitted to sell any ETL kit for a spray booth or paint mixing room once the product has left our facility. Please contact one of our salesmen if you need more information on this issue.