May 31

Take A Step Back And Look At Your HVAC Risks

The team at HVACPro, an insurance program designed specifically for contractors that design, build, and service heating, cooling, and ventilation systems, agrees that it is always a good idea to take a step back from a business and take a look at what’s being done to lessen the risks in a line of business.

It’s easy to fall into a routine with any line of work and begin to overlook some pretty basic procedures out of habit.

Taking a step back and looking at the business as whole can help one see the big picture in the practices employees are using while at work. Remembering the following safety tips provided by Hannabery HVAC can prove to be extremely effective in managing risk in an HVAC business.

Having The Right Protection Helps Prevent Injuries

  • Eye and face protection - Eye protection or face shields should be worn where there are possibilities of injury from flying particles or splashes from liquids. If you wear eyeglasses, the equipment should be worn over them.
  • Head protection - Hard hats or helmets should be worn when there is the possibility of injury from falling objects.
  • Foot protection - Safety shoes should be worn if there are hazards from falling objects or when handling heavy crates or equipment.
  • Gloves, leggings, aprons - These should be worn when welding. Gloves and arm protectors should be used to prevent lacerations while handling sheet metal.
  • Clothing - Appropriate clothing should be worn to protect from heat or cold. Boots with good traction should be used if wading through pools of mud or water.
  • Ear protection - It may be necessary to wear ear plugs or muffs when noise levels surpass 90 decibels.
  • Respiratory protection - Adequate respirators should be used whenever the air is contaminated with excessive concentrations of dust, fumes, mist, gases or vapors.

Tips For Safe Tool Use

  • Use the proper tool for every job; never use a wrench as a hammer or a screwdriver for prying.
  • Use the correct size and type of tool for each job – a wrench with sprung jaws can slip and cause injury.
  • Don’t use impact tools, such as drift pins, wedges and chisels, if they have mushroomed heads.
  • Don’t use tools with cracked, broken or loose handles.
  • Worn and damaged tools are dangerous. Turn them in for repair or replacement.

Take Precaution When using Fuel

  • Never transport a plastic gas can in the back of any truck with a plastic liner. This can cause static electricity from the movement of the can on the liner.
  • Store and transport fuel only in approved containers.
  • Shut off the engine and extinguish all open flames before refueling.
  • When operating equipment in closed areas, be sure there is proper ventilation.

Each of these safety tips on their own seems very simple to employ and won’t make much impact on controlling risk. However, following them all can prove to greatly mitigate the risks involved in working in the HVAC line of business.

For more information on risk management in HVAC visit HVACPro.

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