Being a painter might not sound like the most dangerous profession but that would be a bit like saying that a great white shark isn’t nearly as dangerous as a Megalodon (which is essentially a whale sized version of a great white shark). The statements true, but you wouldn’t want to encounter either of them in the ocean. And, while painters may not be experiencing the same high risk environment that a carpenter might be facing there are still some dangers that could have a serious impact on someone’s life if they were not paying attention. For that reason, we have put together this list of workplace safety tips that should help you and your fellow painters stay safe on the job.
Workplace Safety Tips – Common Causes of Injury
Before we address our workplace safety tips, we thought it would be a good idea to go over some of the most common causes of accidents and injuries for painters today. That way, you are aware of the problem (and the potential consequences) and can find additional solutions to pair with the ones that are provided below. Here are the high risk situations that painters face fairly routinely.
- Heights (ladders, platforms, scaffolds)
- Toxic Substances (mold, fungi, bird droppings, paint products)
- Repetitive Action in Awkward Positions
- Electrical hazards
- Long work days
Between falls from platforms and ladders, exposure to mold and long work days that are sure to make you less aware of your environment being a painter is no easy job. Still, there are ways to mitigate risks and take a little bit of the risk out of your work environment.
What can I do to mitigate risk onsite?
To reduce your onsite risks you can follow these workplace safety tips. Tips that will help keep you and your employees safe.
1. Use Proper Equipment
Using the right ladder or the right brush will keep you out of awkward situations that can lead to injury, will be less taxing than your body and will ensure that you have a long and fruitful career as a painter.
2. Keep Your Workplace Clean
This might be the most overlooked tip out of all of our workplace safety tips. A disorganized workplace can increase the chances of someone slipping or falling onsite. If it happens in close quarters that fall could take down a ladder or result in some other traumatic injury. So, keep your station clean and you won’t have to worry about workers compensation insurance or disability insurance.
3. Breathe Clean Air
Paint fumes can, and will, seriously affect both your physical health and mental health (especially if you’re around them all day). So be sure to make sure that your worksite has proper ventilation and that your crew is wearing masks to reduce their exposure to noxious fumes.
If you follow these workplace safety tips you will be able to lower your potential risk (which could lead to lower insurance premiums) and you’ll be able to spend more time with your buddies and less time worrying about claims. If you have any further questions please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-649-9094. We look forward to hearing from you!