6H Standards and Checklist


Since January of 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been enforcing the HAPS 6H standard with the objective to reduce the amount of Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPS) being released into the environment during the process of stripping paint or surface coating. If proper controls are not in place there are a myriad of chemicals which present a significant health risk to employees when performing these tasks as well. Most notably these include methylene chloride (MeCl), Cadmium, Chromium, Lead, Manganese, and Nickel compounds.

In order to comply with this standard, the HAPS 6H regulation has been broken down into several categories:

  • Paint Areas
    Defines where all painting, paint stripping, and paint preparation must be performed.
  • Usage of Methylene Chloride (MeCl)
    Establishes usage regulations
    *PLEASE NOTE* Certain states have adopted even more stringent MeCl regulations. Make sure you check with your local and state laws. Due to these, and other EPA regulations, KPA has long  recommended that products which contain MeCl not be used in facility operations.
  • Spray Gun Requirements
  • Training Requirements
    Lays out the training requirements for all employees conducting tasks such as paint stripping or other surface coating operations.
    Establishes how often training must be renewed, and how soon after hiring it must be completed.
  • Notification of compliance
    Establishes deadlines for when a facility must submit their Notification of 6H compliance.
  • Recordkeeping requirements

You can read more about the EPA HAPS 6H standard at KPAonline.

Download the KPA 6H checklist below.