In comparison with many other occupations, HVAC technicians tend to see a higher rate of injury. These often include electrical shocks, burns, falls, and straining the muscles or back when working with heavy equipment. With proper precautions and vigilance, you can protect yourself and your HVAC employees from injury. Click To Tweet
Industrial Safety Tips
An HVAC career can be rewarding and fun, but as is the case with many industrial professions, safety is a concern. The key to preventing injuries to proper training and preparation, as well as following state and federal regulations. Here are 5 tips to keep you safe on the job.
- Follow Regulations
- Required Training
- Appropriate Attire
- First Aid
1) Follow Regulations
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has safety regulations that provide guidance on how to handle dangerous materials, situations and events. Any HVAC business with at least one employee must comply with OSHA regulations and training.
2) Required Training
During your HVAC training and while on the job you should receive regular safety training and briefs. Safety should be a priority, and managers should lead by example, making safety training an integral part of the learning process.
3) Appropriate Attire
Accidents on the job can happen to anyone, even the most experienced HVAC technicians. However, wearing the correct protective gear can help prevent or mitigate injury. Examples of appropriate attire are:
- Eye Pro
- Long Sleeves or Arm Protectors
- Respirator (around unsafe materials/dust)
- Heat-Resistant Gloves (as needed)
4) First Aid
There should be a first aid kit in every technician’s vehicle, in case of minor injury. Consider getting CPR certified, or taking a first aid course with your entire staff. In the event of a serious injury, you may need to visit an urgent care or an ER (depending on the severity). In very critical accidents, call 911.
HVAC techs that handle refrigerant face exceptional risk: the extreme low temperatures may damage the skin upon contact and some are extremely flammable. Inhaling refrigerants is especially dangerous and special care should be taken when working with these toxic substances in confined spaces. Technicians should receive training and certification before being allowed to handle these dangerous substances.
A Safe Start
Every industry has its own risks, but trades that involve electricity, in particular, have a greater threat of injury. Protect yourself and your fellow technicians by following this safety guide.