When you own a factory with boilers in the building, you need to recognize the importance of safety around them. Especially if you're unfamiliar with boiler systems, you may not know what's best to keep your staff safe. Before you risk your employees' well-being, these are a few tips to help you ensure overall safety.
Make Sure Everyone Is Trained
Education is the first line of defense against accidents and injuries. If your staff isn't properly trained and educated about the risks of the boiler systems, that's when injuries become more likely. Make sure that everyone who could possibly come in contact with the boiler has thorough training about not only how to operate it, but also how to recognize potential problems. Schedule ongoing training sessions to refresh everyone's memories and to teach new hires. A couple of sessions a year can usually minimize the risk of accidents.
Schedule Quarterly Inspections
Work with your boiler rental and care technician to schedule inspections every few months. By doing them on a quarterly basis, it'll be easier for the technician to spot any signs of wear or damage before they become a disaster. In addition, ask about weekly inspections that your staff should conduct and ensure that they know how.
Keep Up With Routine Maintenance
A safely functioning boiler is one that's been maintained and cared for on a regular basis. When you invest in the boilers, talk with your installation contractor about investing in a maintenance plan. That way, they will come out and do all of the routine maintenance that's designed to minimize wear and tear. Make sure that whoever you hire for this is certified for boiler work, because industrial boilers require specific expertise.
Understand The Safety Enhancements
Boilers are designed with some integrated safety features that should help keep the system working properly and reduce the risk of injury to your employees. Make sure that all of your staff members understand these safety features and what to watch for.
For example, the safety valves are designed to help keep the internal pressure regulated so that the system doesn't explode. These valves monitor a series of things and only engage when there's a failure inside the boiler that causes a pressure increase. Make sure the valve is inspected regularly because corrosion or plugging could hinder its operation.
The low-water cutoff is equally important. It's designed to monitor the water level in the boiler and disable the system if the water level drops too low. It disables the system by cutting off the fuel supply to the boiler. Have it checked regularly for any signs of scaling or sludge accumulation inside.