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Important! Four controls you must introduce to reduce heat related hazards

by , 10 April 2013
Did you know one of the nine most common hazards are heat related! Examples of these sources are furnaces, exhausts, welding machines, blow torches, steam, boilers and heaters. These can cause burns, scalds, electrical faults and fires. Not to mention property damage, human casualties and loss in business productivity and profits.

Here's how you can save time, money and resources by controlling heat related hazards.

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Four controls you must introduce to reduce heat related hazards 
Heat related hazards in the workplace have become more of a problem for the productivity of a business. With winter fast approaching, wouldn't you like to protect your employees from health and safety risks?  Here are four simple controls you can implement to reduce the risks from a heat source!
1. Terminate the source of the heat hazard
Heaters for example are an energy efficient heat source but they badly affect respiratory health. If not connected properly they can also become a fire hazard. Ask yourself whether this heat source is necessary to your business's productivity. The cost of replacing a risky heat hazard may seem expensive at first, but it will save you thousands in the long run!
2. Replace the source of the heat
You can replace or substitute the source of the heat by isolating it. You can isolate the problem by fixing it or guarding it. Replace faulty equipment swiftly. Install surge protectors to all your power supplies to protect your electrical equipment from short circuiting.
Example: CVE, a construction company with a workshop for cutting steel, found that one of their machines would cause the power to switch off suddenly. They replaced the problematic machine and avoided a short circuit from damaging all their other machines. This saved them millions to replace the machines as well as the time lost in productivity.

Take this quick quiz to find out if you can handle the DoL hot seat
  • Which risk assessments have to be checked by an approved inspector every two years?
  • Is it absolutely necessary for your company to appoint and train someone as a risk assessor?
  • When was the last time you did a risk assessment? (Is that too long?)
  • Have you checked and double checked the less obvious health hazards?
If you can't answer even one of these questions you're not only putting your employee's lives at risk; you're also putting yourself in danger of massive fine from the DoL.
Don't wait until it's too late.
Two more controls you should implement to reduce heat source risks
3. Treat the risk by reducing its impact
You can do this by removing the hazardous part of the process. For example you can put guards and add safety clutches on your equipment. Ensure the regular use of personal protective equipment and protect your employees.

4. Accept but manage the hazard that can't be avoided
If the other controls can't be used because the risk is a key part of your business, consider managing the risk it poses. Do regular risk assessments to ensure the hazard never gets critical or unmanageable. A risk assessment matrix will assist you to determine the level of risk.
Leroy's restaurant uses an oven furnace to make pizzas. The heat from this furnace can create carbon monoxide poisoning. The oven furnace is a key part of his business and it must be tolerated. To protect his employees and his business, Leroy regularly invites a health inspector to check the furnace, as well as the venting system and thermostats.

Implement these controls to minimise the risks in your workplace. 
Are you doing your risk assessments correctly? Why not take this quick quiz  to find out if you're 100% complaint with your risk assessments
Best regards,
Miriro Matema
Managing Editor – Health and Safety Training Manual 

P.S. Take a look at what one of our club members had to ask about risk assessments. 
We've employed a sub-contractor on a project. Who is responsible for preparing the risk assessment and method statement. Is it our responsibility or the sub contractor's responsibility. 

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