Across the HVAC industry, summer is the busiest and most profitable season. As the days get busier, it is increasingly important to prioritize safety first. Learn how to beat the heat this summer with our Summer Safety Tips:
- Beat the heat! Extreme weather conditions are a huge concern for HVAC technicians. Many days are spent working outdoors or repairing units inside of unconditioned houses. Heat-related issues include heat stress, heat exhaustion, dehydration and heat strokes. To protect from the threat of heat-related illnesses, make sure you are taking breaks to rest and hydrate throughout the day. Watch out for signs of heat exhaustion when you are working in extreme heat. Make sure each job site and service van is stocked with an adequate supply of water.
- Take your time! OSHA has reported that the most commonly reported injuries on job sites are due to falling. Whether you are scaling ladders into attics or climbing up stairs multiple times a day, make sure to be cautious of each step you take. In addition, it is important that each contractor takes their time transporting material in and out of their service van. Making a small effort to increase safety goes a long way!
- Be prepared by wearing the correct attire! Wearing lightweight and sweat-resistant clothing will help you maintain a lower body temperature. Wearing work boots, a hard hat, and protective glasses will help protect the body from falling objects and debris. Keep respiration gear on hand just in case you are working on a job site that is infiltrated with unsafe air contaminants.
- In the summer season, you are more likely to be shifting between multiple job sites in a day and service vans have the potential of reaching temperatures of 100 degrees and above. Make sure you are aware of the storing, transporting, and handling procedures for chemicals and refrigerants. At a certain point, refrigerants and chemical can have negative reactions to extremely hot conditions.
Increase your productivity and profitability by prioritizing safety each day!