Painting and Decorating Made Easier!

“WATER. REST.  SHADE.”

 

 

PLEASE DO: Before the prolonged hot, humid and full-sun season starts…

1. Get approval to adjust your uniform requirements, to fit extreme hot, humid, sunny conditions.

2. Get approval to adjust regular tasks and projects to minimize exposure to extreme conditions.

3. Get approval for a plan on how you will work in these extreme conditions when you must handle, or help resolve, property emergencies.

 

PLEASE DO: During prolonged hot, humid and full-sun season…

1. Schedule exterior painting during the coolest times of your work day.

Example A: Dawn-to-10 AM. Example B: 5 PM-to-dusk or dark, or later.

 

2. Plan to work on surfaces and areas opposite full-sun exposure.

Example A: West and north sides of buildings when sun is over east and south sides.

Example B: East and south sides of buildings when sun is on west and north sides.

 

3. When handling, or helping to resolve, any property emergency, follow your plan.

NOTE: There are times when exterior painting must be done immediately.

 

4. Wear clothing/uniforms made of fabric that (a) reflects sun and (b) allows sweat to evaporate.

 

5. Wear short, white painter’s pants when you must work in temperatures 90 degrees and higher. Regardless of the time period involved.

 

6. Wear a cap or hat with a visor, when working and/or walking in the sun. TIP: Wider is wiser.

 

7. Keep a drinking water supply with you at all times. TIP: Cool or cold. Avoid ice cold.

 

8. Carry packs of small snacks in your pocket. Examples: Walnuts/almonds, Peanut M&Ms, raisins, Trail mix, granola bars, energy bars.

 

9. Carry frozen ice pack in small cooler on your golf cart or pushcart. Stick in healthy snacks. Examples: V-8 or orange juice; apple, banana. Help to stabilize potassium, sodium, hydration, etc.

 

 BOTTOM LINE: The painter on duty must get his/her work done. One way or another.

 

Watch out for yourself when the heat and humidity start to climb. And, the full-sun sets in for an intense and long visit!

 

Help set the standard for others to watch out for themselves. And, to help pay it forward…

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Learn and Live “Heat Illness” Free. Go to: www.osha.gov/heatillness.

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A Happy and Healthy New Year to everyone, especially old coworkers and friends.
And, many thanks for visiting “Painting with Bob.”
Copyright 2016. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.

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