Each company should have saftey standards that fall within the lines of Occupational Saftey and Health Administration (Osha), Osha is a goverment funded ageny. I want to discuss about a few of the Hvac industy standards that I sence that are imperative.
I would like to touch on Personal protective equipment (PPE), Eletrical Saftey, and Hazourdous materials. One is not more important than the other each is essential to Oshas mission is to assure a safe and healthful working conditions.Personal protective equipment is exactly how it sounds its for person own protection from harm while working and or sickness. “As an employer, you must assess your workplace to determine if hazards are present that require the use of personal protective equipment” https:(//www.osha.gov/OshDoc/data_General_Facts/ppe-factsheet.pd ).
PPE ranges from head protection all the way down to foot protection not to exclude respatoriy. Your boss should provide all PPE and also do training on how to properly use and wear ppe which comes from the Osha PPE fact sheet.Eletrical sfatey is very important it can cause serious injury or even death. So to help prevent that there are several actions that need to be taken before, during and after dealing with electricity. When dealing with electricty the you should make sure that you first have basic knowledge of electricity and saftey. Here is a part where PPE comes to play, when dealing with electricity you will need head, eye, hands, and foot protection.
A current of a few miliampere can cause serious injury to our organs even though the voltage is as low as 30V-40V. You should next make sure that you have the proper tools and working tools for this type of work. Not using the right tools or damaged or even old tools can result in injury.
Earlier I spoke on having basic knowledge of electricity when starting work you should first turn off the power, many say well of course but you would be shocked that more than 30,000 non-fatal shock accidents occur each year. Thankfuly that those 30,000 survived, while each year there is an estimated average of 60 electrocutions ending in death associated with consumer products, two of the three top product are power tools, and lighting equipment.(Electrical Safety Foundation International. 1300 17th Street North, Suite 900, Arlington, Virginia 22209) Which are both used when dealing with electricity. (2008-2018 airconditioning-systems.com). After your done with the job always make sure there isnt any loose wires, or open wires both can be a very bad situations. If needed you should even flag areas in the ground where electricity is flowing to warn others.
Oshas whole purpose is to make sure that all workers are properly trained and proteted at work. I chose to speak on PPE souley because its needed in the HVAC industry everyone should have and use PPE. Electricity saftey goes hand and hand with PPE because as stated before during and after dealing with electricity you need PPE.