Painting hazards covers everything, situations or conditions which could pose a potential risk to anyone carrying out painting activity.
Painting hazards include:
- Working at heights: A painter working at height will be exposed to all the risks relating to working at height; like falling from height, falling objects, etc.
- Working in confined spaces: The painter will be exposed to hazards like low oxygen availability, heat, etc.
- Risk of eye injury: When exposed to fumes released from the paint, the painter’s eyes may be affected if not well protected.
- Slips, trips and falls: The painter could slip, trip or fall while painting.
- Exposure to paint products, solvents, lead and other toxic substances: Some components of the paint posses health related issues that could affect the painter’s health if not well protected.
- Proximity to flammable or combustible materials.
- Musculoskeletal disorders: The painter may assume some awkward postures while painting, leading to the development of musculoskeletal injuries.
- Prolong standing: Prolong standing can result to blood pooling, leading to fainting.
- Manual lifting: Excessive and poor manual lifting techniques can result to musculoskeletal injuries.
- Exposure to heat and ultraviolet radiation.
- Electrical hazards from working close to live electrical power lines or equipment.
Safety control measures to manage painting hazards
- Learn correct procedures for working at heights.
- Select a safe working platform for the job.
- Avoid awkward body positions or take frequent breaks.
- Learn safe lifting techniques or call for assistance when necessary.
- Know how to prevent injury from electrical hazards. Maintain safe distances from energized electrical equipment or utility lines.
- Keep tools and equipment, and their safety features, in good working order. This can be achieved by routine inspection of working equipment.
- Wear appropriate personal protective equipment and footwear.
- Keep work areas clear of clutter and equipment.
- Learn safety procedures for working in confined spaces.
- Maintain good ventilation during painting. Artificial ventilation may be required.
- Good lighting should be provided in a confine space.
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