It is easy to paint, when the environmental conditions are optimal. The sun is out, and the air is dry and moderately cool.
On many occasions, painting must be done in less than suitable conditions. It may be overcast, humid, or confined.
Some of it is a matter of choice. Also, the pressure to get the job done promptly.
The ability to adapt to environmental changes and conditions allows a painter much greater flexibility, that he or she might not see in set conditions.
TIPS FOR ADAPTING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
- When work is to be done outdoors, and whenever possible, select days that allow for the paint to dry properly, and you to work efficiently. Example: I’ve worked under humid conditions before only to see the paint run off the walls. The employer ignored recommendations to wait till conditions had improved.
- It is possible to enhance your working environment. Wear a hat when working in the sun. When working indoors, use a portable fan or air conditioner to improve air circulation. Some conditions, coupled with certain products, require the use of an organic vapor respirator, or a self-sustaining breathing apparatus. TIP: The driest possible air is essential for painting. At times, it is not possible.
- Minimize or adapt to toxic exposure by wearing protective head-to-toe clothing, gloves and safety goggles. Also, use a organic vapor respirator/fresh air supply system. Limit skin and breathing/respiratory exposure. Especially, chemicals, industrial solvents, and mold and mildew.
- Provide adequate ventilation, when working with chemicals. Even latex paints can cause breathing problems, and oxygen levels in the blood to decrease.
Working conditions can be altered in such a way as to not affect the quality or productivity of your work.
Take some time, forethought, and planning to improve where you work. And, to maximize the safety and health conditions in that work environment. On a daily basis.
Everyone in a painter’s work space plays a role in the health and safety of that environment.
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