Ergonomic Paint Applicators

Ergonomic paint applicators are paintbrush and roller handles that are designed to allow painting with a more neutral position of the hand and wrist.

Description:

Ergonomic paint applicators are engineering controls that may reduce stressful hand and wrist activities that are common hazards workers face while painting.  Ergonomic paint applicators allow a more neutral position of the hand and wrist while painting.  

 

Painters often work in positions that are stressful on the hand and wrist.  Ergonomic paint applicators allow painting with a more neutral position of the hand and wrist.  For example, the ergonomic paintbrush handle designed by Proform Technologies Inc. allows the forearm, wrist, and hand to maintain a more neutral position while painting (Figure 1).  

Figure 1. Proform Technologies, Inc. Ergonomic Paintbrush

Similarly, The Right Brush by ArroWorthy is designed to allow the hand and wrist to adopt a more neutral position while painting (Figure 2). 

Figure 2. The Right Brush by ArroWorthy 

 

The pipe painter roller frame was designed to paint contoured surfaces by using a contoured roller frame and a handle that adjusts to varying angles while painting pipes, cylinders, and columns (Figure 3).

Figure 3. The Pipe Painter by Purdy®

The handle of the paintbrush by Proform Technologies Inc. was designed to be used with a neutral position of the wrist.  The design improves comfort while maintaining control of brush bristles.  The ergonomic paintbrush is available in brush sizes 1½”, 2”, 2½”, and 3”.  Bristle options are available in straight or angular and handles are available in plastic or wood.

The Right Brush is available in 2½" brush with angular bristles.  

The pipe painter roller frame is a 7” cover frame with naps available in 3/8” or 3/4”. The roller cover is split up into five individual covers mounted on a heavy-duty 3/8” spring, and the handle is made out of wood.


Risks Addressed:

Stressful hand and wrist activity can cause musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) such as muscle strains; tendonitis, which is inflammation of elbow and wrist tendons; or carpal tunnel syndrome, which is compression of a wrist nerve, resulting in finger numbness and loss of hand strength.  The ergonomic paint applicator can help reduce stressful hand and wrist activity by allowing painting to be performed with the hand and wrist in a more neutral position.


How Risks are Reduced:

Stressful hand and wrist activities can cause muscle strains; tendonitis, which is inflammation of elbow and wrist tendons; or carpal tunnel syndrome, which is compression of a wrist nerve, resulting in finger numbness and loss of hand strength.  Ergonomic paint applicators allow painting to be performed with the hand and wrist in a more neutral position reducing stressful hand and wrist activities associated with painting. 

The manufacturer of the ergonomic paintbrush designed by Proform Technologies Inc. states that the paint brush “reduces stressful positions and motions of the hand, wrist and forearm” and that “the bottom line is that the brush allows you to be a better painter and not have to worry about injury.”

Safety and health experts also believe that it is easier on the body to use a neutral hand position with hand tools, such as paintbrushes.


Effects on Productivity:

Ergonomic paint applicators increase productivity on the worksite.


Additional Considerations:

The pipe painter requires a specific roller cover that fits the segmented design of the frame. The roller cover must be purchased separately to refill the frame.


Hazards Addressed:

Availability

Wooster Bent Radiator, Polecat®, and Wildcat® paintbrushes
The Bent Radiator, Polecat®, and Wildcat® paintbrushes can also be purchased from many online vendors. Price of the Bent Radiator paintbrush ranges from $12 - $15 per brush depending size of brush. Price of the Polecat® and Wildcat® is approximately $20. www.woosterbrush.com or contact 1-800-392-7246 http://woosterbrush.com/ContactUs

Pipe Painter
The pipe painter can be purchased from many online vendors. Price of the pipe painter roller frame ranges from $25 - $27. Price of the pipe painter roller cover refills are available for approximately $10 for 3/4" nap and $11 for 3/8" nap. www.purdycorp.com and www.thepaintstore.com or contact 1-800-547-0780

Proform Technologies, Inc. Ergonomic Professional paintbrush
Price ranges from $7 - $10.00 per brush depending on size and bristle style. www.proformtech.com or contact 1-307-857-6643 service@proformtech.com

Nylo-Hockey Brush by Purdy
The Nylo-Hockey brush can also be purchased from many online vendors. Price of the Nylo-Hockey brush is approximately $20. www.purdycorp.com or contact 1-800-547-0780

Return on Investment

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