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Health And Safety at Work

Health and safety are a primary concern in almost any workplace. Although workplace safety procedures vary from place to place, there are certain universal health and safety guidelines that you should follow. I have been a health safety compliance expert for years, and have studied this in detail. The thing that matters most isn’t whether this or that rule is in place, but whether there is a culture of safety in the workplace. If safety and health guidelines are respected and put above everything else, people won’t get hurt. If on the other hand, people take a lax attitude towards environmental safety, accidents will happen – sometimes with tragic results.

The most important thing is to keep health safety guidelines in the forefront of company concerns

This means that you don’t only deal with health and safety issues once a year when you are getting accreditation reviews by the government. You have to deal with it all the time. If you have a large enough company to afford it, you should appoint a workplace safety expert. If you don’t, you can add it on as a peripheral to someone’s job description. Take one of your other workers who wants to make some extra money and offer to appoint him safety and health compliance chair in exchange for a bonus. Many workers will jump at the chance.

Make sure that every month or so, you have a meeting that deals with health and safety issues. It doesn’t matter exactly how often you do it, as long as you do it regularly. In some workplaces, you have to deal with issues of safety almost every week. In other workplaces, once every other month is probably good enough. The most important thing is to schedule it and post it and allow other workers to voice their concerns at the meeting. That way, you can start to develop a culture of workplace health & safety.

Most importantly, make sure that you post health and safety rules around the workplace. Whether you train your workers once or you train them a hundred times, someone will forget the guidelines at some point. Rather than berating your workers for being forgetful, make sure that they always have access to the guidelines. Put them in a place where everyone can see them and periodically quiz workers on them. Everyone should know the rules, whether it is food safety or proper maintenance and operation of machines. It could save a life.

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Health & Safety at Work First

health and safety

Before you start any decorating work you should always follow health and safety guidelines.

Often referred to as HASAW or HSW, this Act of Parliament is the main piece of UK health and safety legislation. It places a duty on all employers “to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work” of all their employees.

The HSE is the UK government body responsible for enforcing health and safety at work legislation. The HSE also plays a major role in producing advice on health and safety issues, and guidance on relevant legislation. The role of enforcement is split between HSE and local authorities depending on the business sector.

In addition, HSE conducts research into the effectiveness of regulations and other health and safety issues, consults with employers and employees representatives, and advises legislators and government on health and safety.

The HSE website contains a wealth of information and guidance on maintaining health and safety at work, and detailed advice on complying with health and safety regulations.



wallpaper hanging

When is comes to decorating, wallpapering would normally be the last stage of the job, by this time you would’ve almost certainly painted the doors, ceilings, skirting boards first and wallpapering would normally come after. With wallpaper, you can change the colour theme, the texture of your walls and pattern straight away.

With wallpaper nowadays you can get the typical paste the back of the wallpaper or paste the wall and stick the paper on the walls. You would be best to use vinyl when wallpapering a kitchen as you can wipe it clean with a damp cloth.

Tools & Materials / Planning

Move furniture and soft furnishings out of the room and cover anything that cannot be moved with dust sheets. You can paper over most wallpaper if it is in good condition but you should not paper over relief or washable paper, you should remove this. Expect the area/room to get messy.

If the wallpaper that is already there is in bad condition then remove it and line the walls. If the surfaces have paint, you can directly paper over the surfaces but you should wash them with soap first as the walls must be clean, dry and smooth.

How many rolls will I need to decorate my rooms?

Good question, And I can help.

We have provided a simple chart below which you can use to estimate the amount of wallpaper you will need, a standard roll of wallpaper is about 10m long and about 530mm wide. You can use the table below in conjunction with the distance around the room but include windows and doors as this will help and allow for any wastage.

Follow this simple table below to get an idea of how much paper you should need.

Distance around the room Wall height 2.3 – 2.4m Wall height 2.4 – 2.6m Wall height 2.6 – 2,7m
10m 5 5 6
12m 6 6 7
14m 7 7 8
16m 8 8 9
18m 9 9 10
20m 10 10 11

Tip: Make sure to check if you are buying a patterned wallpaper to check the batch number and this will ensure the pattern matches up properly.

Tip: For uneven surfaces, ensure you use lining paper, works the same way as normal wallpaper but you must leave it to fully dry before hanging the wallpaper. This can take 12 hours to dry properly.

Tip: Ensure you hire a professional decorator to do it for complete satisfaction.

Safety Tips & Planning Provided By The Painting Specialist

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