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Paintshop: When You Need to Re-think Your Own Practices

The time comes for every staff or facility painter to change the way he or she does certain things.


13 Reasons that may have you thinking – and thinking some more.


  1. Steadily plummeting budget puts a greater long-term squeeze on prioritizing essential tasks, work orders and projects.
  2. Way too much work load exists for the hours in your week.
  3. The new chief engineer on board believes in change and shaking things up a lot.
  4. The new chief engineer on board tends to fight your every move and decision.
  5. The external management company has its own ideas, policies and practices on how things must be done.
  6. The engineering staff has been cut. You will need to help out more with general maintenance tasks, work orders and troubleshooting.
  7. Your work hours have been cut. You’ll need to cut back – weed out – some duties.
  8. The new management is not happy with your current system.
  9. You may have access to more, or less, help from teammates.
  10. The business may have changed, calling for you to change with it.
  11. A shift in job description responsibilities requires you to add some, and let go of other, tasks.
  12. The business climate in the area may have improved, or turned sour.
  13. You may be burning out, disillusioned, or ready for something new, but where you’re at now. Making a move – changing jobs – may not be on your radar.


The real challenge may be in convincing yourself that the time to change your own practices has arrived. Answering three questions seems to help me along:


  1. Specifically, who is asking me to change the way I do things? Does the person know anything about how a paintshop needs to operate?
  2. On a scale of 1-10, how crucial is it that I change the practice or practices now, or at all?
  3. What are the advantages in making the change or changes now, versus in six months or a year from now?


My answers tend to be different, depending on which of my practices are on the chopping block, so to speak. With some? No big deal. Let’s make the change now. With others? Hands off till I can see how to do it that paintshop operations benefit, and do not suffer unnecessarily.


Bottom line: You’ll know what practice to change, and when the time is right for the paintshop. And you, too.



A painter does not practice painting, like a doctor practices medicine.

A painter is expected to get it right the first time.



Thank you for visiting “Painting with Bob.”

Copyright 2016. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.

Painting It: For Safety Sake

Painting is done normally for beautification, and for the protection of surfaces/areas from the elements.

Often, little attention is paid to the reasonswhy – it should be done for safety sake.

The main reasons why safety painting matters: To prevent injury and to draw attention.


The following is just a short list of applications where painting applies to safety:


1. Handicapped parking zone. The blue and white color code and wheel chair insignia designate it as an area for people with disabilities, who may require ease of access.

2. No traffic zones. The painted diagonal yellow stripes inform the driver of an automobile, or another vehicle, that the designated area should be avoided. It may be hazardous to anyone situated in that area.

3. Stop sign. The white lettering on a red background is universal in its understanding. It has saved more lives than can ever be estimated.

4. Color coding of piping and electrical conduit. Examples: black for gas pipes, blue for water. Tmost persons, these color codes may seem unnecessary. The colors are meant to inform people of the cautions that they should use in working around these areas. Use of these color codes assists in the avoidance of accidents.

5. Fire Zone. Normally painted in diagonal red lines, the area provides a safe access and water main hook up for the fire department. Also, it provides access for other emergency vehicles.


What might be the response if all of the areas, considered to be safety zones, were left suddenly unmarked or un-coded – without the use of color?


Safety experts and statistics show that the “accident rate” increases sharply.  The number and cost-liability levels of “insurance claims” rise dramatically.


Whenever you leave your home, the environment “out there” becomes more unpredictable. Your life carries with it a greater sense of risk wherever you go. Whether you’re shopping, going to work, or spending time with the family.


SAFE PAINTING: On the Job or at Home


Whether in your home or on the job, the painting environment should be a safe one. It should be free of all potential hazards, especially those which can cause injury.


How likely can any of us guarantee safe environmental conditions?  We can’t. We can, however, take certain precautions which may decrease our chances of getting hurt or seriously injured.


Common errors or areas that tend to lack our attention.


1. Standing on the top rung of a step ladder. You can fall by losing your balance.

SAFETY TIP:  Buy and use a utility or short step ladder with wide, deep and skid/rubber covered steps. For higher, hard-to-reach areas, recruit a taller person to use that same utility/short ladder. Approximate cost: $45.00


2. Over-reaching when on a ladder. You can lose you balance and fall.

SAFETY TIP: Get down, and move the ladder to an easy-to-reach position.


3. Painting overhead with eyes exposed. Prevent damage to your eyes.

SAFETY TIP: Wear a pair of snug-fitting safety glasses or goggles. Approx. cost: $12.00


4. Painting in area without adequate ventilation. Protect your ability to breathe.

SAFETY TIP: Buy and use large oscillating or stationary fan. Approx. cost: $30-60


5. Working with unprotected head in “construction”-type zone – eg. nearby beams, sharp objects/edges, protruding fixtures. Protect your brain from injury.

SAFETY TIP: Wear a hard hat or safety helmet. Approx. cost: $ 10-15


6. Painting without steady air supply. Protect your entire body.

SAFETY TIP: Wear designated, project-appropriate breathing apparatus. Approx. cost: $500-700.


7. Painting/finishing with skin exposed. Avoid skin irritation and burns from chemicals.

SAFETY TIP: Wear rubber gloves, also long-sleeved shirt and long pants; or full-body suit.

Approx. cost: $ 10 for gloves, $12 for suit.


8. Pointing a paint spray gun at a person or animal. You may cause an injury to others.

SAFETY TIP: Always point spray gun away – to the side or opposite direction of person. That includes yourself!


9. Lifting heavy buckets/objects with your legs stiff. Avoid getting a back injury.

SAFETY TIP: Bend to your knees close to object. Reach for and grasp object. Carefully lift, slowly straightening both knees, and keeping back straight.


If you find yourself questioning the safety of an on-the-job procedure, treatment, product or material, a tool or piece of equipment, consider consulting OSHA’s website on workplace safety.


Being safe is the only way to ensure the prospects for tomorrow.

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SAFETY ALWAYS MATTERS!     Thank you for visiting “Painting with Bob.”

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Copyright 2015. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.

Every Hotel’s/Facility’s Team Member Can Teach Something to Its Painter: Part 2

More “GO-TO”  Team mentor tips…

15. How to secure and manage your own personnel file. How to organize and manage your personnel and insurance information.

“GO-TO” Team mentors: Director of Human Resources; Employee services

16. Where to take out-of-town visitors for a unique experience. Where to spend a great family outing, when it’s raining non-stop.

“GO-TO” Team mentors: Le Concierge; Guest services

17. How to secure your vehicle for any parking area. What items an employee should never leave in his or her vehicle on work/employer property.

“GO-TO” Team mentors: Director/Security and Safety; Security officer

18. What is best luggage to buy for lightweight carrying. What is best way to handle heavy luggage.

“GO-TO” Team mentors: Manager/Bellhops; Bellhop

19. How and when to get best reservations deals. How much in advance should a reservation be made? Or, cancelled?

“GO-TO” Team mentors: Reservations Manager; Reservations Clerk

20. What staff member should do if the person on the line is speaking belligerently? How long to stay on the line with an “unsatisfiable” caller/guest?

“GO-TO” Team mentors: Manager/PBX; PBX operator

21. How to keep your guests happy. Five things that all guests want – wherever they’re the guests!

“GO-TO” Team Mentors: Manager/Guest Services

22. How to promote and publicize your services for free. Four things that win back the most disgruntled guests or customers.

“GO-TO” Team Mentors: Director/Public Relations and Media; Media specialist

23. Activities that keep guests wanting more – and booking return stays. Activities for children that raise parent/guest satisfaction – and generate bookings.

“GO-TO” Team Mentors: Director/ Recreation and Activities

24. How to get the best group rates at an upscale hotel, convention center, restaurant, club. Staying competitive in group market; upgrading aesthetics and amenities.

“GO-TO” Team Mentors: Director/Group Sales

25. Selecting gifts that impress, fill needs – and do good, too. Re-decorating a gift shop to increase visitors and sales: Color-blocking grids.

“GO-TO” Team Mentors: Manager/Gift Shops; Merchandiser/Sales

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What ‘GO-TO” departmental tip do you want more facility painters to use regularly?

Which ‘GO-TO” departmental tip do you want other team mentors to use?

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