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  • PDA painters and decorators insurance

    Insurance for members of the Painting and Decorating Association

PDA painters and decorators insurance

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Tips and advice for painters and decorators

  • Ensure you have held a full and frank discussion with the client before beginning the work so that you fully understand their requirements. Documenting these requirements and asking the client to sign them off will help protect you.
  • Prior to beginning the work, agree likely timescales and approximate costs, including when the work will begin, when it is likely to finish and a breakdown of materials and labour.
  • Any amendments should be mutually agreed, and best practice would be to document these changes, with the client’s signature acting as evidence of their approval.
  • If you work for a painting and decorating company and you feel that something you have been asked to do is unsafe or that you lack the skills and knowledge to do the job, inform your immediate line manager before undertaking the job. They have a legal duty to try to protect you while you undertake your work activities.
  • Ensure that you have the correct tools and equipment necessary to perform the job safely and that, if necessary, this equipment has been certified safe by a qualified professional and that this certification has not expired. Regular checks are necessary because of wear and tear within equipment’s operational life.
  • Never use equipment or plant machinery unless you have received specific training and instruction and you are authorised to do so.
  • Be alert to unsafe conditions or acts that could lead to an accident and report them immediately to a supervisor, even if the unsafe condition or act would not directly affect you.
  • Always wear the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) for the work task. When it is provided, you must use it in the way it was intended to be used.
  • Where chemicals and substances hazardous to health are concerned, always understand the risk and relevant Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) assessments before commencing work involving them.
  • Respect both your work environment and the environment in general. Keep your work space tidy and uncluttered by tripping hazards and dispose of waste products in a responsible manner.
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