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Painting

Casa Latina recommends taking the following steps to ensure safe, efficient, and high-quality work:

  • Provide workers with necessary tools and equipment

All Casa Latina workers come with their own personal protective equipment (WORK BOOTS, SAFETY GOGGLES, EAR PLUGS, N95 DUST MASK, and RUBBERIZED COTTON GLOVES). If additional tools and safety equipment are required for the job, they must be provided by the employer. This includes painting equipment and safety equipment such as ladders, brushes, and respirators.
 
  • Create a work plan

Plan ahead. Think through every step of the job before starting, including preparation, implementation, and cleanup. Make note of the type of paint being used and whether it requires extra precautions. For example, when using lacquer based paints it’s helpful to turn off all heaters.
 
  • Make sure the work area has good ventilation

Open windows or doors for ventilation. Fans and extractors should be provided if windows or doors do not open.
 

Additional protective equipment that may be required:

Body harness: for roofs, gutters, scaffolding, and ladders more than 10ft tall

 

Respirator: for work using spray paint or when applying lacquer-based stains

Casa Latina trains all our workers to follow OSHA standards  for health and safety in the workplace. Some of the most important safety tips we promote are:

  • To properly use protective equipment
  • To make sure all tools and equipment are in good working condition
  • To use ergonomic position techniques
  • To check the work area for hazards and to clean or move anything that can cause an accident
  • To read all labels and follow proper guidelines
  • To properly ventilate the work area

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