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Safety Guide for Residential Painting Contractors

General building contractors have some of the highest injury rates in the U.S. A report produced in Montana showed an incident rate of 23.2 injuries per 100 workers. As a contractor, you have certain obligations to protect the health and safety of your employees and, in some cases, subcontractors.

On a national level occupational health and safety standards are mandated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Failure to comply with regulations could result in civil and criminal penalties.

Below are health and safety regulations that may apply to most contractors. Regulations vary depending on the work being done and the nature of the hazards. Current information and regulations pertaining to your type of work can be obtained from OSHA.

Local Regulations and Recommendations

Depending on where you operate your business, the following recommendations could be law. Regardless they are excellent recommendations and are designed to encourage workers and employers to work together in creating and implementing a workplace safety philosophy. It is your responsibility to determine exactly what local and state regulations say, in addition to federal.

  • Establish and maintain an education-based training program.
  • Provide new employees with a safety orientation before they begin work.
  • Provide job- or task-specific safety training for all employees.
  • Offer safety refresher training (at least annually).
  • Provide a system for employers and employees to discuss safety-related issues.
  • Implement a method for periodic workplace inspections and hazard assessments.
  • Document safety-related activities. These records must be kept for three years.
  • Develop a safety committee.
  • Assign specific safety responsibilities and performance accountability to employees.
  • Maintain procedures for investigating, reporting, and taking corrective action on all work-related illnesses, incidents, accidents, and injuries.


Federal Regulations

OSHA's general duty clause states that "each employer shall furnish to each of his employees employment and places of employment free from recognized hazards that cause or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees." Federal regulations applicable to construction fall under two main codes that address specific workplace activities, require employers to instruct employees to recognize and avoid unsafe conditions in the workplace, and require employers to train employees in regulations applicable to his/her work environment as well as how to control or eliminate potential hazards.


  • 29 CFR 1910 General industry codes relating to health and safety requirements and employee training.
  • 29 CFR 1926 Construction industry codes that address specific workplace activities and employee training.

Safety Programs

State and federal regulations require employers to develop, implement, and maintain an accident prevention/safety program. Each company develops a written safety program to meet the needs of the company. A written description of the program, along with written program elements, should be kept on file by management, posted if possible, and made available to all employees.

Business Digest 08-20-14  — The Laker/Lutz News
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