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Safety Considerations when Painting Healthcare and Senior Living Facilities

August 8th, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Safety Considerations when Painting Healthcare and Senior Living Facilities”

Safety While Painting Healthcare and Senior Living Facilities

Paint­ing in a health­care facil­i­ty is a chal­leng­ing task that requires an expert, as there are health con­cerns to take into con­sid­er­a­tion, includ­ing expo­sure of patients to poten­tial­ly harm­ful fumes, aes­thet­ic appeal, dis­rup­tion of work and choice of paint. The safe­ty con­sid­er­a­tions to take into account are out­lined below:

Dis­rup­tion of work

It is advis­able to sched­ule paint­ing jobs of health­care facil­i­ties in the evening and dur­ing the week­ends in order to min­i­mize dis­rup­tion of nor­mal activ­i­ties. Dur­ing the day, most facil­i­ties are very active with patients, care­tak­ers and doc­tors, and paint­ing dur­ing the day may raise the risk of expo­sure to paint fumes and risk of injuries if peo­ple trip over the work prod­ucts.

Choice of paint

Cer­tain sec­tions of a hos­pi­tal will need spe­cial paint coats like the emer­gency room where steril­i­ty is of impor­tance. Paint fin­ish­es with shiny sheens are more com­mon­ly rec­om­mend­ed due to their abil­i­ty to be cleaned eas­i­ly. Paints that con­tain less volatile organ­ic com­pounds are rec­om­mend­ed, as they don’t have as many fumes, cre­at­ing a safer envi­ron­ment for patients.

Ven­ti­la­tion con­cerns

While paint­ing in a facil­i­ty, fumes from the paint can be trans­ferred through the ven­ti­la­tion to adjoin­ing rooms, lead­ing to health haz­ards. It is advis­able to block vents to pre­vent fumes from being passed to oth­er rooms. It is also impor­tant to use notices to inform patients and doc­tors that paint­ing is occur­ring.

Strip­ping and Sand­ing Risk

Strip­ping is remov­ing a coat of paint and fin­ish from a wall and clean­ing the under­ly­ing sur­face. In some cas­es, the removal of paint con­tain­ing lead may cause lead poi­son­ing. Anoth­er type of paint removal is pres­sure wash­ing. When pos­si­ble, pres­sure wash­ing is safer and more effec­tive than using chem­i­cal-based meth­ods in wor­ri­some areas, as lead is not made air­borne, nor are chem­i­cal fumes a prob­lem. Pres­sure wash­ing tools are, how­ev­er, dan­ger­ous if not han­dled cor­rect­ly and should be oper­at­ed with safe­ty in mind. Pres­sure wash­ing can also be used to clean con­crete in health facil­i­ties.


The col­ors cho­sen dur­ing the paint­ing of walls in health facil­i­ties should be those that offer relief to patients. White walls give a clin­i­cal feel and can be depress­ing to patients. Warm col­ors are more pre­ferred for patients’ rooms to pro­mote heal­ing and have a sooth­ing effect.

Paint­ing bud­get

As inte­ri­or paint­ing hap­pens every 7–10 years it is not an expense most health­care facil­i­ties plan for in their main­te­nance bud­gets. Many facil­i­ties also tend to think that their main­te­nance bud­get is exclud­ed from tax­a­tion, how­ev­er, the IRS defines expen­di­tures as being non-cap­i­tal or cap­i­tal and paint­ing is not con­sid­ered as a cap­i­tal expense as it is a non-annu­al expense and there­fore a tax­able one. A facil­i­ty should, there­fore, remem­ber to set aside main­te­nance funds for paint­ing, despite it being a tax­able project.


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