Protecting Yourself for Renovation, Repair and Painting can be challenging. Workers should always take necessary and thoughtful moments to protect themselves from hazards on the job. When it comes to RRP work, there are many inexpensive options to help keep workers safe. Depending on how often you conduct lead based paint operations, it may make sense to invest the best protection possible. In today’s article, we will discuss some of the more basic, readily available equipment to help you get the job done in a safe manner.
Workers should wear disposable painter’s hats with disposable coveralls. Some coveralls come with a hood and foot covers built into them. If yours doesn’t, make sure you pick up some foot covers and tape them to your suit. Disposable coveralls are susceptible to tears so it’s also a best practice to keep duct tape on-hand to completely patch tears that may occur. Respiratory protection is key to a successful project. Disposable N-100, R-100 or P-100 respirators are all options. These “dust mask” style respirators have their advantages and disadvantages. They do not require a pulmonary exam to be worn, however a fit test should be conducted prior to use. The disadvantages to these style respirators are; they are only good for one day, and you have to be cleanly shaven for them to be effective. Remember, protecting your respiratory system is a major key in avoiding lead poisoning.
Once you are finished for the day, dispose of all protective clothing in heavy-duty plastic bags. Have baby wipes on hand to ensure everyone wipes their hands and face prior to leaving the work area. Ensure everyone then washes their hands and face with soap and water before eating, drinking or smoking.
As always, OSHA may require more protection depending on the work being done, so it is always best to check their standards before beginning work.