HVAC Safety: How to stay healthy and safe during heating season

Outside, leaves are changing and snow’s about to start coming down. This means service calls in inclement weather, working in cold, dark spaces, lugging heavy equipment up and down icy steps, and a host of other potential hazards. 


Here are a few important HVAC safety tips to stay safe all season long: 


The first danger that a tech may encounter during the winter is cold. When working outdoors for extended periods of time, dress warmly from head-to-toe. Being tough is one thing, but it’s sure easier to get the job done with warm fingers and toes. Harsh exterior environments require warm, insulated boots, hats, and gloves. 


Another significant danger a tech might encounter is electrical. And the best way to deal with that is to treat every wire like it’s a live wire. Using a clamp meter, a tech is able to quickly test any exposed wires. Before attempting to perform any service or maintenance, make sure to turn off, label and lock breakers back at the circuit box to make sure nothing is accidentally turned back on while work is being performed. Note that units may have multiple power supplies. Working safe is the best way to work around electricity.  


In the world of HVAC, there’s a lot of heavy equipment. If something is too heavy for one tech to lift, find a co-worker to help. This minimizes potential injuries or damaged equipment. Also, before picking up something, learn about the best way to move it from place to place. And be aware of sharp edges and sensitive components. This minimizes personal injury and expensive equipment damage. 


While working in confined spaces, a tech could come across chemicals that could potentially harm them. These range from exhaust gases and leaking refrigerant to dust, mold and even asbestos. Carbon monoxide gas is a frequent danger too as it is odorless, colorless and potentially lethal. Techs should always wear the correct PPE when working around these chemicals and work to minimize exposure and follow the recommended ventilation requirements. 


To learn more about how to work better, faster, smarter and safer, visit www.Fieldpiece.com. 

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