What’s your favorite part of the painting process? Choosing just the right hue? The thrill of unveiling a new coat of paint in a room? Adding curb appeal to your exterior with a fresh shade? Whatever comes to mind, it’s probably not checking for safety before any drop of paint goes up. But that old adage is as true for painting as it is for anything else: safety first.
When you’re considering hiring a painting contractor, safety should be as high of a priority as your color. It’s important to find a professional who cares as much about safety and insurance as they do your business.
How do you approach this topic when you’re looking for a painting professional? Ask for their credentials. A reputable contractor should have a Certificate of Insurance (COI) from their insurance provider. Don’t just accept a quick glance at their copy. You can request a copy that will be sent directly from their insurance carrier and shows your name as the client. If any incident should occur, you are covered.
Don’t be afraid to ask a contractor about their safety criteria and record for previous jobs. It’s important that a contractor be transparent about their procedures and any mishaps.
Aside from climbing 30 ft. ladders, accidents can also occur a lot closer to the ground. We seem to be more careful at soaring heights than on a 6 foot ladder, and personnel can get hurt.
Here are a few other safety precautions to consider before the painting gets underway:
Ventilation: Is the area to be painted well-ventilated? If not, consider what you can do to help air out or open up the painting space. Ask if any chemical solutions like strippers or cleaners will be used.
Clean Up: If the project takes more than a day, how will supplies be handled? Will the contractor be storing any materials with you or removing them at the end of the work day? If they must store anything, how can you minimize any risk associated with those materials? Remember, paint should never be stored near a heat source.
Floor Protection: What will be used to guard your surfaces? Drop cloths are safer than plastic on floors because they’re not as slippery.
Remember, ask about safety first. Don’t be shy when it comes to finding out your painting contractor’s insurance coverage and safety record. A contractor who makes a safe work environment a priority is sure to do a careful job painting your space. Then, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the results.
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