Faculty Advisor

Ault, Holly K.

Faculty Advisor

Barnett, Jonathan R.


This Interactive Qualifying Project sponsored by Scientific Services Laboratory, a business unit of the Australian Government Analytical Laboratories in Melbourne, Australia, analyzed the level of consumer awareness regarding proper usage, disposal, and hazards associated with paint. In addition, behavioral activity related to paint use and disposal was evaluated. Information gathered from literature searches, interviews with relevant experts, and two separate surveys of current paint consumers in Melbourne was analyzed for content and statistical significance. Results indicated that there was a definite need to inform consumers of paint hazards and clean up and disposal methods in order to increase the occurrence of proper methods. The final outcome of the project included the development of an informative point-of-sale brochure that was produced and distributed nationally to paint consumers throughout Australia. The goal was to provide a resource that could be used immediately to inform the consumer of paint-related issues, in hopes of decreasing the occurrence of improper paint disposal.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2001

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Fire Protection Engineering