Top 5 Painting Hazards and Precautions

August 5, 2020
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top 5 painting hazards and precautions

Painting your home or office is a bit of a job, but if done right, it has long-lasting benefits. As with every home improvement project, there are hazards that need to be taken into account. You can reduce the risk and avoid possible injury, following directions, and using tools and equipment according to the manufacturer's specifications. Taking the appropriate precautions would ensure that the job goes as smoothly as possible with fewer glitches and clean-up. The first step in preventing injury or illness is to be mindful of the factors that contribute.

Improper Ventilation

One of the greatest painting-related threats includes being in a small space with little or no airflow. The paint fumes can be poisonous and cause headaches, dizziness, and other adverse side effects. In addition to keeping the doors and windows open, you should also use a respirator to help filter the toxins out of the air.

Working at Heights

It's no surprise that working at heights poses a risk of falling. You need to practice situational awareness no matter what kind of ladder, scaffolding, you are using. Be conscious of your surroundings and environment, and the conditions under which you are operating. When you're operating at heights, consider wearing a safety harness and tether to minimize the risk of death or injury from falling.

Uneven Surfaces

Surfaces that are uneven will cause you to trip and fall. The floors in adjacent rooms can differ which leads to an uneven surface. The placing of a ladder on an uneven surface will make it wobbly and unstable. If you intend to lay a tarp or plastic before painting, make sure that you smooth it out and place something heavy along the edges. Make the surface as smooth as possible so that if you have to push it, there is nothing to trip over or catch the ladder on.

Health Issues

The OSHA lists the painting as a carcinogenic job which means having the potential to cause cancer. Exposure to lead, toxic pigments, hazardous driers, and thinners present in the paint can have an impact on the human body. Cut the long-term risks by wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment ( PPE) that OSHA and the supplier of the paint suggest. Don't work in closed areas, and also ensure adequate ventilation. Wearing gloves and long sleeves when working reduces skin contact with paints and primers.

Risk of Eye Injuries

You should also wear protective glasses or goggles, because of the toxic nature of certain paints. Whenever you paint, there is an increased risk of eye injuries. All rollers and paint brushes will flip paint in various directions. Flecks of paint can easily find their way into your eyes, which can cause irritation without even knowing what has happened. Always have protective eyewear on your hand to reduce your risk of injury.

Finally if you need help with your DIY painting, it’s always safe to hire Professional Painters in Simsbury, CT. Our professional painters use the right tools and take precautions while painting. 

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