Painting and decorating services are used around the world on a daily basis. They are used in residential and commercial properties and often consist of an experienced team of professionals who provide years of knowledge and experience when it comes to measuring, stripping, filling, preping and painting, just to name a few.
In this service, you are put at risk on a daily basis. While you may not see the painting and decorating services industry as a risky business, you may be surprised to note exactly how many risks you face each day and what you can do to reduce the risk of injury moving forward for you and your team.
Anyone responsible for a team of painters and decorators must hold a health and safety certification and know what to do each day to ensure the best safety measures are in place, reducing the risk of injury and ensuring that everyone working on site, understand the dangers.
The first thing you need is to understanding the risks involved when it comes to painting and decorating services, identifying which of these risks relate to the services you are providing and enabling you to put a risk assessment in place to reduce the risk of injury or harm to you or any of your team throughout the project.
The last thing you want is for one of your team members to injure themselves on the job without adequate training, which could result in a hefty claim against you. The problem is that many company owners don’t realise that in the event of a team member getting injured on site, you can be held responsible and be forced to settle the claim accordingly, which could amount to millions.
The risks involved in this industry include falls from heights, electricity exposure, climbing stairs, eye injuries, cuts, losing limbs, falling objects and sun exposure, just to name a few. Chances are that half of these never even crossed your mind that they may provide hazardous conditions to your team. Other risk involves toxic fumes from paint and equipment use.
The next step once you have been around the project area, identified the potential risks and drawn up a thorough risk assessment is to identify how to reduce the risk of injury or worse while working on this one particular project.
There are some things you can ensure your teams understand, such as paying close attention to detail in everything they do at all times. The next is to ensure all team members complete their health and hygiene courses, providing them with the training they need to ensure the highest level of safety when providing painting and decorating services to clients throughout the area.
Ensure all team members have adequate training when it comes to plant and equipment used. This can reduce the risk of accidents and ensure that everyone using the equipment knows how to use it in a safe and controlled manner.
In addition to this, you may want to consider using water based paints rather than the more toxic paints. Not only is water based paints much easier to clean when it comes to accidental drips and mess, but it also produces less toxic fumes to inhale. You will also want to take the time to read the danger warnings on all paint cans before use.
Ensure that all rooms you are working in are well ventilated, reducing the risk of inhalation. Also get your teams to wash their hands at regular intervals, especially after working closely with certain dangerous chemicals and solvents.