2.0103.2 Heating and Cooling Worker Safety

Topic: 
Safe Work Practices
Subtopic: 
Heating and Cooling Equipment
Desired Outcome: 
Work completed safely without injury or hazardous exposure
TitleSpecification(s)Objective(s)
2.0103.2a
Worker safety

Follow all worker safety specifications in SWS 2.0100 Global Worker Safety section

Prevent injury

Minimize exposure to health and safety hazards

2.0103.2b
Mercury

When replacing existing thermostats, identify and dispose of any mercury containing thermostats in accordance with Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA EPA U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, www.epa.gov ) guidance

Protect worker and occupant from mercury exposure

2.0103.2c
Asbestos

Suspected asbestos hazards will be identified in furnaces (e.g., gaskets), wood stoves, zonal heating devices, electrical wiring insulation, boilers, and pipe insulation and corrected in accordance with EPA EPA U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, www.epa.gov guidance

Workers will take precautionary measures to avoid exposure

Protect worker and occupant from asbestos exposure

2.0103.2d
Personal protective equipment ( PPE PPE Personal protective equipment )

Workers will wear personal protective equipment ( PPE PPE Personal protective equipment ) as needed to protect themselves against exposure to hazards (e.g., pests, sewage, flooded duct work, mold, chemicals, scat, viruses)

Long sleeves and long pants should be worn as additional protection from liquid nitrogen and other hazardous materials

Protect worker from exposure to hazards

Protect worker from skin contact with liquid nitrogen

2.0103.2e
Combustible gas detection

Worker will check for presence of combustible gas leaks before work begins

Leaks will be repaired before work is performed

Protect worker and occupant from exposure to hazards

2.0103.2f
Carbon monoxide ( CO CO Carbon monoxide )

Workers will check for presence of ambient CO CO Carbon monoxide before and during work

CO CO Carbon monoxide issues will be addressed before work is performed or continued

Protect worker and occupant from exposure to hazards

2.0103.2g
Sealant

Pipes will be sealed by a certified professional with an approved fastening process and sealant in accordance with manufacturer specifications (International Fuel Gas Code)

Gas lines will be leak free when tested with an electronic combustible gas leak detector and verified with bubble solution

OR

Gas lines will be leak free when tested by a standing pressure test that meets the approval of the local code

Install gas lines with no leaks

2.0103.2h
Safety devices

A secondary LP safety detector system (valve, exhaust fan, alarm light) will be installed by a certified professional for propane piping installed below grade

When installing new equipment, a shut off valves will be installed by a certified professional at each gas appliance ( ANSI ANSI American National Standards Institute, www.ansi.org Z21.15)

Detect accumulation of dangerous levels of propane in below-grade areas

Isolate appliances from the rest of the system for emergencies, removal, or repairs

TitleSpecification(s)Objective(s)
2.0103.2a
Worker safety

Follow all worker safety specifications in SWS 2.0100 Global Worker Safety section

Prevent injury

Minimize exposure to health and safety hazards

2.0103.2b
Mercury

When replacing existing thermostats, identify and dispose of any mercury containing thermostats in accordance with Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA EPA U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, www.epa.gov ) guidance

Protect worker and occupant from mercury exposure

2.0103.2c
Asbestos

Suspected asbestos hazards will be identified in furnaces (e.g., gaskets), wood stoves, zonal heating devices, electrical wiring insulation, boilers, and pipe insulation and corrected in accordance with EPA EPA U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, www.epa.gov guidance

Workers will take precautionary measures to avoid exposure

Protect worker and occupant from asbestos exposure

2.0103.2d
Personal protective equipment ( PPE PPE Personal protective equipment )

Workers will wear personal protective equipment ( PPE PPE Personal protective equipment ) as needed to protect themselves against exposure to hazards (e.g., pests, sewage, flooded duct work, mold, chemicals, scat, viruses)

Long sleeves and long pants should be worn as additional protection from liquid nitrogen and other hazardous materials

Protect worker from exposure to hazards

Protect worker from skin contact with liquid nitrogen

2.0103.2e
Combustible gas detection

Worker will check for presence of combustible gas leaks before work begins

Leaks will be repaired before work is performed

Protect worker and occupant from exposure to hazards

2.0103.2f
Carbon monoxide ( CO CO Carbon monoxide )

Workers will check for presence of ambient CO CO Carbon monoxide before and during work

CO CO Carbon monoxide issues will be addressed before work is performed or continued

Protect worker and occupant from exposure to hazards

2.0103.2g
Sealant

Pipes will be sealed by a certified professional with an approved fastening process and sealant in accordance with manufacturer specifications (International Fuel Gas Code)

Gas lines will be leak free when tested with an electronic combustible gas leak detector and verified with bubble solution

OR

Gas lines will be leak free when tested by a standing pressure test that meets the approval of the local code

Install gas lines with no leaks

2.0103.2h
Safety devices

A secondary LP safety detector system (valve, exhaust fan, alarm light) will be installed by a certified professional for propane piping installed below grade

When installing new equipment, a shut off valves will be installed by a certified professional at each gas appliance ( ANSI ANSI American National Standards Institute, www.ansi.org Z21.15)

Detect accumulation of dangerous levels of propane in below-grade areas

Isolate appliances from the rest of the system for emergencies, removal, or repairs

TitleSpecification(s)Objective(s)
2.0103.2a
Worker safety

Follow all worker safety specifications in SWS 2.0100 Global Worker Safety section

Prevent injury

Minimize exposure to health and safety hazards

2.0103.2b
Mercury

When replacing existing thermostats, identify and dispose of any mercury containing thermostats in accordance with Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA EPA U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, www.epa.gov ) guidance

Protect worker and occupant from mercury exposure

2.0103.2c
Asbestos

Suspected asbestos hazards will be identified in furnaces (e.g., gaskets), wood stoves, zonal heating devices, electrical wiring insulation, boilers, and pipe insulation and corrected in accordance with EPA EPA U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, www.epa.gov guidance

Workers will take precautionary measures to avoid exposure

Protect worker and occupant from asbestos exposure

2.0103.2d
Personal protective equipment ( PPE PPE Personal protective equipment )

Workers will wear personal protective equipment ( PPE PPE Personal protective equipment ) as needed to protect themselves against exposure to hazards (e.g., pests, sewage, flooded duct work, mold, chemicals, scat, viruses)

Long sleeves and long pants should be worn as additional protection from liquid nitrogen and other hazardous materials

Protect worker from exposure to hazards

Protect worker from skin contact with liquid nitrogen

2.0103.2e
Combustible gas detection

Worker will check for presence of combustible gas leaks before work begins

Leaks will be repaired before work is performed

Protect worker and occupant from exposure to hazards

2.0103.2f
Carbon monoxide ( CO CO Carbon monoxide )

Workers will check for presence of ambient CO CO Carbon monoxide before and during work

CO CO Carbon monoxide issues will be addressed before work is performed or continued

Protect worker and occupant from exposure to hazards

2.0103.2g
Sealant

Pipes will be sealed by a certified professional with an approved fastening process and sealant in accordance with manufacturer specifications (International Fuel Gas Code)

Gas lines will be leak free when tested with an electronic combustible gas leak detector and verified with bubble solution

OR

Gas lines will be leak free when tested by a standing pressure test that meets the approval of the local code

Install gas lines with no leaks

2.0103.2h
Safety devices

A secondary LP safety detector system (valve, exhaust fan, alarm light) will be installed by a certified professional for propane piping installed below grade

When installing new equipment, a shut off valves will be installed by a certified professional at each gas appliance ( ANSI ANSI American National Standards Institute, www.ansi.org Z21.15)

Detect accumulation of dangerous levels of propane in below-grade areas

Isolate appliances from the rest of the system for emergencies, removal, or repairs