What does a painter do?
A painter applies paint and other decorative finishes to interior and exterior surfaces of buildings and other structures.
Some of the main duties of a painter are to:
- Prepare surfaces to be painted (includes scraping, removal of wallpaper, etc.).
- Determine what materials will be needed.
- Use, clean and maintain various equipment.
- Supervise apprentices or other workers.
- Provide estimates and invoices for clients.
What are some health and safety issues for painters?
Painters can work at a variety of workplaces, construction sites, homes, etc. and face a constantly changing set of hazards. The hazards include:
What are some preventive measures for painters?
- Learn correct procedures for working at heights.
- Avoid awkward body positions or take frequent breaks.
- Learn safe lifting techniques.
- Keep tools and equipment, and their safety features, in good working order.
- Wear appropriate personal protective equipment and footwear.
- Keep work areas clear of clutter and equipment.
- Learn safety procedures for working in confined spaces.
What are some good general safe work practices?
- Practice safety procedures for:
Where can I get more information?
General information is available in OSH Answers or through the CCOHS person-to-person Inquiries Service.
Document last updated on September 10, 2004
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