Merely noting that COVID-19 has impacted how we do business would be a gross understatement. Indeed, the currently ongoing pandemic has had a drastic, unprecedented effect on the economy at large. While 2021 seems to offer hope for a return to normalcy, we’re still not quite there yet. Navigating the COVID-19 era as a painting […]
Guess what the most common construction accident is? That’s right – falls. Falling is number one on OSHA’s hit parade of the “Fatal Four” accidents in the industry. The thing is, most falls can be avoided by using the proper equipment and preparation. Even if you are building a “tiny house” a fall from the […]
In the circumstances that you suffer injuries while at work or fall ill due to the nature of your work, you could be entitled to benefit from workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation refers to a kind of an insurance policy that is a statutory requirement and one that provides medical benefits and wage replacements for […]
How do you prepare to give a proper estimate? From our experience as a contractor and working with other companies, the most important aspect is to know the customers expectations for the work. What you think may be a simple and quick repaint, potential clients may think you are bringing their 50 year old home […]
You go out to estimate a repaint on an older home, you learn that the home was built before 1977, and then, Oh No! The four letter word: “L-E-A-D!” The homeowner tells you that the home has been repainted several times since they have owned it, so there can’t be anymore lead on the house. […]
Painting seems to be one of the easiest projects, when in reality it can poses potential hazards if not carried out properly. Giving due respect to the task and following some simple yet effective safety guidelines, will not only ensure a successful project, but will also make sure you come off with the project without […]
What does that really mean? A recent article in American Painting Contractor addressed this recently and broke it down into three sections. Posture Force Frequency I think it is important that contractors look at this, for themselves and their employees. My husband spent the first 20 years of his painting career thinking he was invincible, […]
Festool’s slogan is faster, easier, and smarter. They could add safer as well. They think of every little detail, like built-in cord storage to avoid tripping.
Sometime ago, I wrote a blog about what to test and what would be considered an integrated whole. It seems now, that the EPA RRP FAQ have put the controversy to rest. Question: I’m a certified renovator using an EPA-recognized lead test kit to determine whether or not I have to follow the Renovation Repair […]
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today, agreed with the Advisory Committee for Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention (ACCLPP) to move the line for the lead poisoning of children from 10μg/dL to 5μg/dL. μg/dL stands for micro-grams per deciliter, which is a measurement used for blood levels. The CDC also agreed that the term “level of concern” […]
I’m in the middle of a Elevated Blood Lead Investigation. This is where I try and find the source or sources that caused the lead poisoning of a child. One suspect is a painter who transferred lead dust from his clothes to the family car and then that dust was transferred to his wife’s clothing and […]
The Environmental Protection Agency has announced that LeadCheck is now approved to test drywall or plaster. You can verify this by going to http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/testkit.htm This approval was in the works back in September of 2010, but wasn’t made official until a few days ago. It seems LeadCheck had to do some of their own test, […]
There has been a lot of chatter about the recent Lead Reduction Amendments Act of 2012, where the Senate bill proposes to return the Opt-Out to the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule. The bill was introduced by Senator Inhofe (R-OK) and is co-sponsored by several other republicans. NARI, NAHB, and many other contractor organizations […]
While not a topic everyone wants to hear, it is an important subject if you have concerns with risk management. Each month, 100,000 to 200,000 people are learning about the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. This is primarily from Lead Safe Certified Firms giving estimates and explaining the dangers of lead based paint. Unfortunately, with […]
Part three is where compliance cost are over 10% and the lead test showed your project has lead based paint. A prime example of a job would be exterior painting.