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How to Work Safe on an HVAC Job: Useful Tips

Deciding to become an HVAC professional in an HVAC company must feel like a rewarding career choice. There are no doubts about that because you’re able to provide solutions to people’s problems whilst enjoying some of the highest salaries in the sector.

But while working in this rewarding world of HVAC, you should always practice precautions to work safely while on a project. As you will almost certainly be exposed to numerous hazards throughout your working day, the safety of yourself and the others around you is paramount. We have compiled a list of some safety tip that can help to raise awareness and keep you and your colleagues safe.  

Take Time and Assess the Task at Hand

Never just jump right into the job and get going. Instead, take the time to understand the job thoroughly, read the agreed method statement, assess the job at hand to get it right and complete the task safely the first time. It will be better to remain safe than rush it and potentially end up injuring yourself or someone else.

Taking the time and assessing the site and the tasks to be completed. – this is how experienced HVAC companies such as ours work. Once you have your personal protective equipment (PPE) on, take a good look around and assess the work area. You must check your work area for any potentially hazardous areas, on the equipment you are installing and in the area where the installation is happening. 

Put Safety First (yours and everyone else on site)

Just like in all industries, safety comes first in the HVAC industry too. Everyone from the Managing Director to the trainee on-site needs to consider it as their top priority. For example, if the project is part of a refurb you may have to work around harmful materials (such as asbestos) which you can inhale easily when repairing equipment 

To protect yourself from asbestos dust and other dangerous substances in the air which may lead to infection and disease, only work in areas you have been given permission to, wear your PPE such as a respirator to help prevent you inhaling these contaminants.

Also, you should wear eye protection to keep fragments away from your fragile eyes. To protect your hands you should always wear gloves at all times when working on site. There are different types of gloves so make sure the gloves you are wearing are suitable for the material you are handling. Speak to your Manager if you are unsure. 

Ladders must be used as a last option as podiums and towers are much safer. Ladders may even be banned on the site you are working on. If you are permitted to us ladders you need to know about the proper placement to ensure the risk of the ladder slipping is reduced. Otherwise, a wrongly placed one can cause a serious injury. That is why you should ideally not use ladders but if you have to never hurry when putting the ladder into place.

You should make sure that it extends at least one foot from the wall for every 3 feet of height to reduce the risk of you falling backwards. Understanding electrical safety is crucial to prevent electrocution or electrical shocks whilst on site. You are likely to be dealing with electrical equipment daily, and the risk of electrical shock is high when if there were to be a water leak.

To help prevent electrocution and equipment damage, you should always turn off the main circuit breakers prior to working any electrical equipment. For additional advice always speak to your Manager before completing any work. 

Using Chemicals on Site

Using chemicals whilst on the job is almost certain and should be one of your safety priorities. 

You will need to get yourself familiar with the substances you will be going to deal with so that you can handle and dispose of them in the right way.

A few of the hazardous chemicals you will be coming in contact with on a typical HVAC job include cleaning liquids, refrigerants, and solvents. Not handling them properly, may result in skin burns. Some of these chemicals may be flammable or explosive and may even explode and lead to serious injuries or even deaths.

To remain safe, you should know the proper procedures in handling, moving, storing and disposing of the specific chemicals. A crucial part of chemical safety is that you should never start working unless you’re wearing sufficient protective gear, including safety glasses and the correct gloves for that chemical.

Always Check Over The Equipment You’re Using

As you move from job to job it is important to ensure you have the right tools and equipment for the work you are completing.

In addition, it is also important as taking some time to check over the condition of any equipment, to ensure that it is safe to use and also break downs are kept to a minimum. 

So whether you need to use a wire stripper, a spanner, or a vacuum gauge, you must double-check them prior to the start of the works to ensure that you can use them and complete the job in a safe and efficient manner. For example, you should never work on a maintenance job without the correct tools, or it could lead to accidents or injuries.

You always should replace faulty tools asap to ensure you can use the tools on the next job. Nevertheless, you should always do routine maintenance on your HVAC equipment to prevent a faulty one from landing on your job that might lead to potential issues or delays on the job.

Safety conscious HVAC companies, like us at CCP HVAC implement safety training for their installation and servicing technicians to ensure that they’re safe when working with electricity, chemicals, and other potential hazards throughout the project Just as we previously mentioned, safety comes first for everything from the safe working attitudes, to safe working environment to safe tools and equipment. 

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