Health and Safety

Our Commitment at Zeolis House Painters

Based in Auckland, NZ, Zeolis House Painters is committed to leading the painting industry with a strong emphasis on health and safety. We prioritize the well-being of our team and clients by adhering strictly to the latest local codes and standards, ensuring a safe and compliant working environment.

Compliance with Local Codes and Standards:

  • At Zeolis House Painters, we uphold the highest standards of health and safety as mandated by local authorities and regulatory bodies such as WorkSafe New Zealand. Our practices are designed to meet or exceed these requirements, providing confidence and security to our clients.

Expert Training and Continuous Education:

  • Our team undergoes rigorous training and education programs that cover the latest safety protocols, hazard identification, emergency response procedures, and the proper use of safety equipment. This ongoing commitment ensures that our workforce is well-prepared and knowledgeable in all aspects of safety.

Professional Safety Equipment and Practices:

  • We equip our painters with state-of-the-art safety gear, including harnesses, ropes, safety glasses, masks, gloves, and more. Regular maintenance and inspections of this equipment guarantee that it meets stringent safety standards, safeguarding our team members during every project.

Risk Assessment and Mitigation:

  • Before starting any project, we conduct comprehensive risk assessments to identify potential hazards and develop effective mitigation strategies. This proactive approach minimizes risks and fosters a secure working environment for everyone involved.

Commitment to Accessibility and Inclusivity:

  • Accessibility is integral to our operations. We ensure safe access to elevated areas using certified scaffolding and accommodate specific client needs without compromising safety or quality.

At Zeolis House Painters, safety isn’t just a priority—it’s ingrained in everything we do. Our dedication to health and safety standards underscores our commitment to delivering exceptional painting services with integrity and reliability.

In New Zealand, workplace health and safety regulations are governed primarily by WorkSafe New Zealand, the national regulator for workplace health and safety. For a house painting service like Zeolis House Painters, compliance with these regulations is crucial to ensure the safety of employees, clients, and the public. Here are some specific details regarding safety codes and licenses pertinent to your industry:

Safety Codes and Standards:

  1. Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA):
    • The HSWA is the cornerstone legislation governing workplace health and safety in New Zealand. It places duties on employers, employees, and other parties to ensure health and safety in the workplace.
  2. Codes of Practice:
    • WorkSafe New Zealand issues Codes of Practice that provide practical guidance on how to achieve compliance with health and safety duties under the HSWA. These codes are industry-specific and outline recommended practices and procedures.
  3. Managing Work at Height:
    • Given the nature of your work involving scaffolding and working at height, adherence to the “Managing Work at Height” guidelines is essential. These guidelines provide specific requirements for planning, risk assessment, and control measures when working at height to prevent falls and other accidents.
  4. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
    • Requirements for PPE, including harnesses, ropes, safety glasses, masks, and gloves, are detailed in standards such as AS/NZS 1891 (Industrial fall-arrest systems and devices) and AS/NZS 1716 (Respiratory protective devices).

Licenses and Certifications:

  1. Work at Height Licenses:
    • WorkSafe New Zealand requires that individuals involved in setting up scaffolding and working at height hold appropriate licenses. This ensures competence in erecting, dismantling, and maintaining scaffolding structures safely.
  2. Site Safe Passport:
    • The Site Safe Passport is a nationally recognized health and safety qualification specific to the construction and related industries. It certifies that individuals have completed basic health and safety training and are aware of common hazards on construction sites.
  3. Elevated Work Platform (EWP) Licenses:
    • If your operations involve the use of elevated work platforms (such as cherry pickers or scissor lifts), operators must hold a valid EWP license issued by an accredited training provider.
Work at Height training every 6 months course renewed and checked

Training and Certification:

  1. Regular Training Programs:
    • Zeolis House Painters conducts regular training programs for employees every 6 months, focusing on safe work practices, hazard identification, emergency procedures, and the proper use of safety equipment. Training is updated regularly to incorporate changes in regulations and industry best practices.
  2. First Aid Certification:
    • It is essential for key personnel to hold current first aid certifications to respond effectively to any medical emergencies that may occur on-site.

By adhering to these safety codes, obtaining necessary licenses, and investing in ongoing training and certification, Zeolis House Painters demonstrates its commitment to maintaining a safe working environment and delivering high-quality painting services to clients across Auckland, NZ.

To address the language barrier among workers regarding safety training requirements in New Zealand, Zeolis House Painters implements a comprehensive approach to ensure all team members receive the necessary training and stay updated on health and safety practices:

Language Accessibility and Training Initiatives:

  1. Translated Training Materials:
    • Recognizing the diverse linguistic backgrounds of our workforce, we provide translated versions of essential training materials. These materials cover topics such as first aid procedures, work-at-height guidelines, and other relevant safety protocols.
  2. In-Person Demonstrations by Licensed Staff:
    • To reinforce understanding and practical application, licensed staff members conduct in-person training demonstrations. This approach ensures that even employees with limited English proficiency can observe and participate effectively in safety training sessions.
  3. Regular Training Updates:
    • Every six months, we conduct comprehensive training updates to refresh and expand our team’s knowledge of health and safety practices. These sessions incorporate the latest regulations, best practices, and feedback from previous training sessions.
  4. Training Log Documentation:
    • Each training session is documented in a training log, which includes attendance records and topics covered. This documentation not only ensures compliance with regulatory requirements but also serves as a reference for continuous improvement in our safety practices.

Commitment to Safety and Inclusivity:

At Zeolis House Painters, we are committed to fostering a safe and inclusive workplace where every team member can contribute effectively and confidently. By addressing language barriers through translated materials, personalized demonstrations, and regular updates, we uphold our commitment to maintaining high standards of safety and professionalism across all projects in Auckland, NZ.

Through these initiatives, we ensure that all employees, regardless of their English proficiency level, receive the training and support they need to perform their roles safely and effectively.

Handling lead-based paint during sanding and, when necessary, removal requires strict adherence to safety protocols to protect both our staff and homeowners. At Zeolis House Painters, we prioritize safety and efficacy in managing lead-based paint, ensuring a thorough and responsible approach in every project. Here’s how we handle lead-based old paint, focusing on sanding and removal:

Lead-Based Paint Handling Procedures:

our lead paint removal work health and safety practices
  1. Initial Assessment and Testing:
    • Before starting any work, we conduct a thorough assessment to determine the presence of lead-based paint. This involves using lead testing kits or hiring certified professionals to perform lead inspections.
  2. Containment and Preparation:
    • For projects involving lead-based paint, containment is critical. We establish containment barriers using plastic sheeting to prevent dust and debris from spreading beyond the work area. Ventilation systems are set up to ensure proper airflow and containment.
  3. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
    • Our painters wear specialized PPE designed for lead exposure, including respirators with HEPA filters, disposable coveralls, gloves, and protective eyewear. This equipment is essential to minimize exposure to lead dust and particles.
  4. Sanding Procedures:
    • During sanding of lead-based paint, we use wet sanding techniques whenever possible to minimize dust generation. HEPA vacuums are employed to immediately capture dust at the source, further reducing airborne particles.
  5. Paint Removal:
    • In cases where complete removal of lead-based paint is necessary, we employ safe removal techniques approved by regulatory authorities. This may include using chemical strippers or heat guns combined with scraping methods under controlled conditions by most Auckland local painters. We have a different more advanced technology called the Infra-Red paint stripper Speedheater 1100 system. This is a completely different type of heat from a heat gun. Infrared is a penetrating heat that heats the wood rather than burning through the paint, by heating the wood the infrared breaks the bond between the lowest layer of paint and the wood – removing all layers at once. It strips faster, easier, and with less mess.
  6. Disposal and Cleanup:
    • All lead-containing waste materials, such as debris and used PPE, are carefully collected and disposed of according to environmental regulations. A thorough cleanup of the work area is conducted using HEPA vacuums and damp cloths to remove any remaining dust.

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