Safety in the Plumbing Industry
It’s always best to put safety first, even when it seems like a job you can finish quickly and easily. Working with plumbing can require special equipment, and even a simple tool can hurt when you drop it on your foot. Here are some things plumbers need to keep in mind to protect themselves and any bystanders.
Use Safety Equipment
These basic items should always be kept handy and used as necessary when performing plumbing tasks:
- Safety glasses or goggles
- Steel toed work boots
- Ear protection – plugs or muffs
Other equipment will depend on the particular job and can include a hard hat and a high visibility vest when going on a construction site.
Be Aware of Surroundings and People
When equipment is being used, such as a hydro jet to clean drains, anyone other than the plumber needs to be kept away from the area for their safety. When working with gas, there must be adequate ventilation and there can be no flames.
Check the Area Carefully Before Leaving
Once you’ve completed the job, it’s important to check it over carefully before you leave. This is especially true when working with gas to ensure that there are no leaks or air in the lines.
No matter how simple the job, awareness of potential safety issues should be the first thing on a plumber’s mind. It may take a few minutes more to put on a piece of safety equipment or to prepare the site, but it’s always worth it. To find out more, contact Power Pro Plumbing in Los Angeles at (800) 260-7187.