As technology evolves, the demand for jobs in heating, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC) increases. In fact, HVAC industry jobs are set to grow by 14% through 2024.
With so many people in the industry, HVAC safety precautions are more important now than ever. Whether HVAC employees work in air conditioning or refrigeration, they need to be aware of the safety issues that could seriously cause them injury. Knowing some of the top safety issues can help employees avoid injuries now and in the future.
3 HVAC safety issues your employees should be aware of
HVAC work can be physically demanding. A study showed that workers in mechanical installation, like HVAC, suffer from serious overexertion injuries that far surpass the national average. However, HVAC doesn’t have to be dangerous. Safety issues can arise when employees:
- Wear improper or minimal personal protective equipment — Workers in HVAC need to wear specific pieces of equipment to protect themselves from potential shocks, foul air and dangerous machinery found in environments ranging from factories to professional buildings. This means that HVAC employers need to make sure that their employees are wearing proper attire to protect themselves from the elements. Depending on the job, protective equipment can include goggles, steel-toed boots, hard hats, earplugs, face shields and respirators. Without these items, workers can increase their risk of electrical, chemical and mechanical injuries.
- Work long hours in the heat — Working in the HVAC industry can expose employees to extremely high temperatures. Those temperatures can be exacerbated when wearing heavy and protective pieces of clothing. To reduce their risk of developing heat illnesses like heatstroke and dehydration, employees need to take frequent rest and hydration breaks. They should also work in air conditioning or shade as often as possible.
- Neglect to follow chemical procedures — Being an employee in the HVAC industry can mean frequent handling of chemicals like refrigerants and gas. All HVAC employees should be trained in the proper storage and handling of these chemicals and liquids. For example, employees should always check cylinders for leaks or damage before using them. They should also always follow manufacturer guidelines when using equipment.
Work-Fit can help you prevent HVAC safety issues at your workplace
The HVAC industry can expose your employees to a variety of dangers in the workplace. That’s why employers like you should make sure that your HVAC workers are aware of potential safety issues. Our team at Work-Fit can help you keep up with HVAC safety training. Contact our team today for more information about our services or to learn how we can help keep your employees safe.