Planning Matters: Do-It-Yourself Home Design and Safety

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If you are contemplating embarking on a home design or improvement project, you undoubtedly are undertaking what may amount to a considerable amount of planning. Your planning may include a wide variety of elements, including actual design considerations and the equipment and materials necessary to achieve your objectives.

 

If you are like a considerable number of people preparing to undertake a home improvement project, safety considerations may not be part of your planning process. Many people seem to think that “safety happens.” The idea of setting forth a specific safety strategy in advance of undertaking a do-it-yourself home improvement project isn’t part of the planning equation.

 

The truth is that safety is not something that can be undertaken on the fly. This is the case with all types of construction projects, including those associated with a DIY home improvement effort.

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Fail to Plan for Safety Considerations Results in Safety Failure

 

The most significant result of failing to include safety planning into your overall home improvement strategy is the risk of an absolute project-wide safety failure. Safe practices don’t just materialize out of nowhere. They require keen deliberation.

 

Take the utilization of scaffolding in a home improvement project as an example. Typically, a home improvement plan will reference “rent scaffold,” or something to that effect. What it will not include is a strategy regarding proper scaffold assembly and use.

 

Valuable and readily accessible resources exist to assist a person embarking on a DIY home improvement project in mapping out a plan for safe and proper assembly and use of scaffolding. For example, the website maintained by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration contains a wealth of information on a wide range of topics. In regard to this example, you can access in depth information about the safe and proper assembly and utilization of scaffolding.

 

Proper Safety Equipment Requires Planning

 

When you are laying out your strategy for a home improvement project, you develop a list of the equipment and materials you will require. As referenced previously, because safety equipment and materials may be necessary for your project, you must include an appropriate list of the items you must obtain in this category.

 

Yet again, the OSHA website can provide you assistance in delineating what you may need in in regard to safety equipment and materials. You don’t need to wander around blindly trying to figure out what is necessary to maintain your safety during a particular type of home improvement project.

 

One of two things tends to happen when no real planning is undertaken in regard to safety equipment and material in advance of starting a DIY home improvement project. In the best case scenario, the project ends up delayed while you hunt done what is necessary in the way of safety equipment and material.

 

In the worst case scenario, you may end up doing what a shocking number of people do in this situation. You may elect to undertake what might be called a safety punt. You forgo getting the safety equipment and materials you need for a project because you don’t want to “waste the time” seeking these items out. You mentally argue that your risks aren’t great and you really don’t need this equipment or materials anyway. You must understand that this is a dangerous thought process that puts your safety, and even your life, at risk. In addition, you might actually jeopardize the welfare of others who come into contact with your project if you slough off getting appropriate safety equipment and materials in this manner.

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Do-It-Yourself Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Doing It All Alone

 

There is an important factor that you need to bear in mind as you consider undertaking a DIY home improvement and design project. Doing a home improvement project yourself does not mean that you do all aspects of the project on your own. This particularly is the case when it comes to aspects of a home improvement and design project that might present particularly unsafe aspects.

 

First of all, advanced planning aids you in identifying those aspects of a project that might present a particular danger to you or others. Using the scaffolding example again to illustrate this issue, a majority of scaffold accidents result from the planks or structure giving way. These things oftentimes are the result of improper assembly.

 

By doing your research, and by planning, you will better recognize potential significant safety risks like that involving scaffolding. In response, you can access professional assistance, in this case with assembling scaffolding for your project.

 

Safety planning is vital. By taking safety seriously in your overall planning process, you will better protect yourself and others during your home improvement project.

 

 

Jessica Kane is a writer forĀ OSHA Campus Online, where you can complete a variety of OSHA training courses 100% online at your convenience.

 

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