Why do painters wear whiteDecember 15, 2020
Choosing your work clothes and shoes is sometimes complex. For painters and plasterers, work clothes are traditionally white but must also meet specific criteria. Safety shoes are not always compulsory, however, depending on the conditions the painter or plasterer faces, they may prove to be essential.
WHY DO PAINTERS AND PLASTERERS WEAR WHITE CLOTHES?
The clothes of painters and plasterers are white for historical reasons and for reasons of practicality. The working white is therefore quite practical for painters and plasterers in addition to being perfectly suited.
WHITE CLOTHING IN HISTORY
In time, colors and fabrics were used to differentiate social classes and recognize the membership of an individual to a group in particular by his activity. Whitework clothes have been attributed to painters and plasterers considered less messy trades.
PRACTICAL WHITE FOR THE PAINTER
Only this choice was not made at random, because white clothes are also used for a practical matter. Indeed, when working with colored paints, the tones can easily be damaged by dust and dirt. By wiping your brush or staining a white garment, it is easier to see if the color has been altered.
WHAT CLOTHING IS SUITABLE FOR PAINTERS AND PLASTERERS?
There is no clothing that is specific to painters and plasterers. The painter’s and plasterer’s clothing should only be comfortable, not too loose, and allow ease of movement.
However, painters and plasterers are advised to use polycotton clothing (65% cotton – 35% polyester particularly or 60% cotton – 40% polyester) rather than 100% cotton. Polycotton is more resistant to multiple washes and is easier to maintain. As a natural fiber, 100% cotton wears out and is damaged more quickly on contact with paints or solvents.
WHAT ARE THE SHOES FOR A PAINTER OR A PLASTERER?
The law does not require the wearing of safety shoes for painters and plasterers. However, they can be made compulsory if they are mentioned in the specifications of a site or by the collective agreement of the company.
The plasterer may have to carry heavy materials (bricks, plasterboard, panels, etc.). In the event of a fall, these objects can be dangerous. Likewise, a can of paint can be quite heavy, especially if the site is large. In both cases, shoes fitted with toe caps are ideal protection.
At the same time, both painters and plasterers have to work with other trades. On a worksite, they may be confronted with the risk of perforating the foot (presence of a nail) and crushing the foot (falling heavy objects), which is why S1P-standardized safety shoes are often recommended.