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Job Site Safety: Breath-Saving Tips for You and Your Customers

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Safety is crucial on the job site. Here are some air quality and respiratory safety tips from Sherwin-Williams and 3M:

Help your crew stay safe

Two questions to ask yourself:

  1. Are your periodic respiratory medical evaluations up-to-date to ensure there are no underlying cardiac or respiratory issues that could affect a crew member’s ability to wear a respirator?
  2. Are all respirator fit tests current?

Then a thorough review of the scope of the job will help ensure that you have the proper safety eyewear, hearing protection, respirators and other personal protective equipment (PPE) you need.

Help manage customer expectations

  1. Whether you’re using water-based or solvent-borne coating, it’s good to remind your customers of the importance of adequate ventilation. When possible, opening windows and doors or using other means to ensure fresh air entry during application and drying will help everyone stay more comfortable.
  2. Odor is subjective, so a strong smell to one person may be negligible to another. For occupied buildings, suggesting project scheduling that minimizes direct contact with occupants is a good way to reduce odor complaints.

More resources

Learn more in our story Job Site Safety: A 12-Point Guide for the Pro Painter


This article was originally published in the Summer 2017 issue of the Sherwin-Williams CommercialPro newsletter. Get more business-building tips and info on products, services, discounts and project solutions on the Sherwin-Williams contractor website

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