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Safety Tips | Workplace exposure

Painter safety

May 1, 2012

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Painters commonly use products such as paint strippers that may contain toxic, flammable or combustible chemicals. These and other concerns can make the job hazardous for workers who do not take proper safety precautions. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety advises painters to take the following precautions.

Identify potential safety and health issues:

  • Heights/falling injuries
  • Ladders, platforms and scaffolds
  • Eye injuries
  • Confined spaces
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Exposure to bacteria
  • Chemical exposure
  • Exposure to mold
  • Noise
  • Heat and cold exposure
  • Repetitive tasks
  • Standing for long periods

Painters should learn safe work practices for:

  • Working near falling objects
  • Proper lifting techniques
  • Maintaining equipment in good working order
  • Selecting and wearing personal protective equipment
  • Working in confined spaces
  • Clearing clutter
  • Reporting a hazard

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