In a typical work setting, furniture finishers:
- Have a medium level of contact with others. When they talk to others, it's usually face-to-face.
- Sometimes work as part of a team.
- Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of others.
- Are responsible for the work done by other finishers and assistants.
Physical Work Conditions
- Always work indoors.
- Are sometimes exposed to contaminants such as chemical strippers.
- Wear safety goggles, masks, gloves, or other specialized equipment on a daily basis.
- Are exposed to loud or distracting sounds and noise levels on a daily basis.
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- Are regularly exposed to hazardous conditions and equipment.
- Sometimes must get into awkward positions to reach cramped work places.
- Occasionally are exposed to hazardous situations that may cause cuts or minor burns.
- May work physically near other workers.
- Must be exact in their work and be sure all details are done. Errors could damage furniture and cause the company to lose money.
- Sometimes must match the pace of work with the speed of machinery.
- Set their daily tasks and goals with some input from clients and supervisors.
- Must meet strict daily deadlines.
- Work 35 to 40 hours per week. Those who are self-employed may work longer hours, once they have built a client list.