I was interested to read recently about a new scheme called ‘Paint Safe’ which aims to promote the safe use of paint and provide best practice for decorators during preparation, application and drying.

The initiative is the brainchild of the British Coatings Federation (BCF) in association with the Painting and Decorating Association (PDA) and the Scottish Decorator’s Federation (SDF). They have worked in close collaboration with the UK’s major paint manufacturers.

The first phase of the campaign was launched at the end of November at the National Painting and Decorating Show and focuses on decorative paints. A second phase promoting the safe use of industrial paints will be launched later this year.

At the heart of the campaign is a tri-fold leaflet outlining the dos and don’ts to follow including guidelines regarding lead exposure. It can be downloaded from paintsafe.org.uk and will also be available at trade outlets across the country.

Tom Botwell, Chief Executive of the BCF, explained that “whilst we know most decorators are aware of best practice, it never hurts to be reminded of the best and safest ways to work with paints and coatings particularly when sanding or spraying, or dealing with period houses that may have been previously painted with lead based paints in the pre1960s period.”

All sound advice in my opinion.