Paints and Coatings: Scheduling Projects

  July 14, 2009

This is Chris Matt, Managing Editor of Print & E-Media, with Maintenance Solutions magazine. Today’s tip is scheduling painting projects.

The approach for scheduling paints and coatings projects depends on the facility’s purpose. Depending on the activities taking place in the building, an interruption in the daily work schedule can be a minor nuisance or a major disruption.

Managers in schools avoid such problems by scheduling painting projects when the facility is unoccupied, such as evenings, holidays, and summer vacations. These challenges are increasing as more schools at all levels provide year-round classes. The best approach is to consult the room-use schedule as far in advance as possible.

Hospitals and other facilities that are occupied 24-7, 365 have a different set of challenges. Almost no time is a good time to schedule a paint job because occupancy is constant. Successful scheduling requires knowing when and for how long rooms will be unoccupied, as well as how long it takes to perform various paint jobs. The maintenance planner should consider these factors to determine the scheduled time for the job:

• preparing tools and equipment and mixing paint

• traveling round trip with materials and tools

• moving and covering furniture and equipment

• performing the work at the job site

• cleaning up the site, relocating furniture and equipment, and storing paints, tools, and equipment

• Finally, taking time for personal rest and minor delays, according to company policy.


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