9 HVAC Safety Hazards Every Tech Should Be Aware Of (2023)

Whether you run an HVAC service business or are a field tech yourself, technician safety must be a central focus in your day-to-day operations to avoid dangerous and costly HVAC accidents.Danger lurks in many places for anyone who works with HVAC equipment (heating systems, cooling systems, air conditioning, etc.). HVAC industry professionals should adhere to best HVAC servicing procedures and stay vigilant for common hazards. That’s why we’ve identified the nine biggest HVAC safety hazards and collected the best HVAC safety recommendations, regulations, and standards in one place.

In this article, we’ll begin by giving you a list of HVAC safety standards and essential personal protective equipment (PPE), and we’ll run through the most common HVAC safety hazards. Then, we’ll look specifically at how using ServiceTitan’s HVAC service management software can automate processes that may otherwise distract your HVAC techs from what they need to do to keep safe.

Finally, we show you how to use ServiceTitan to build safety checklists, which can be triggered on every job to remind HVAC techs of what to look out for.

To prevent common HVAC accidents and avoid risks, HVAC technicians should take the following 9 potential hazards into account, and put the suggested safety precautions in place:

  1. Electrical HVAC safety hazards

  2. Chemical exposure

  3. Inadequate equipment inventory

  4. Respiratory hazards

  5. Ladder liability

  6. Dangerous driving

  7. Unprofessional conduct

  8. Extreme weather

  9. Technician and client health

Are you interested in learning more about how your HVAC techs can use ServiceTitan to eliminate distracting busywork, so they can focus on what’s most important? Click here to get a free, one-on-one demo of our service management software.

HVAC Safety Standards & Essential PPE

To avoid HVAC accidents, always wear PPE.

The Refrigeration School Inc. recommends the following PPE:

  • Steel-toed work boots

  • Full-coverage clothing

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  • Thick HVAC work gloves

  • Hard hat

  • Safety goggles

  • Face shield

  • Respirator

  • Earplugs

Be sure to evaluate each worksite for common HVAC safety hazards. You can often remedy slippery surfaces, fall dangers, and electrical risks before beginning the job.

If you are a technician, make your personal safety a priority when out in the field. You must be fully licensed and trained to do your job. Don’t take shortcuts. And if you notice any gaps in your safety knowledge or training, speak to your supervisor to find an effective solution. HVAC safety training should be a routine practice—it’s never too late to start.

Read more about HVAC winter safety in our in-depth article.

Note: With ServiceTitan’s field service management software, HVAC techs can note all safety considerations related to a customer’s premises in their file. These notes, inspection checklists, and even pictures of specific safety hazards (which the tech adds via the ServiceTitan Mobile app on a tablet while on the job) will be included in the customer’s job history. These details are immediately shown when a call is booked for that customer in the future.

1. Electrical Hazards

HVAC work requires handling electrical wiring. When on a job, techs must de-energize all equipment before performing routine inspections, tests, repairs, and other servicing procedures.

Avoid accidents with these electrical HVAC safety tips:

  • Turn off power to the corresponding circuit in the breaker panel.

  • Use proper lockout and tag procedures to ensure no one tries to turn on the power while you are working.

  • Before performing the work, test the circuit with a meter that is properly rated for the type of circuit you’re testing to determine if it’s still energized.

2. Chemical Exposure

One of the main HVAC accidents the industry sees is exposure to dangerous chemicals and contaminants.

Technicians work with a variety of chemicals that can cause serious burns, such as refrigerants, cleaning liquids, solvents, and gasses. Even though a lot of refrigerants are classified as safe by the manufacturers, the chemicals’ toxicity is subject to increase when exposed to heat—ultimately reducing indoor air quality and posing a health hazard to technicians. Proper HVAC safety training is crucial before working with these chemicals.When handling hazardous materials, exercise caution and always gear up with reliable personal protective equipment (PPE), including safety glasses, protective footwear, and HVAC work gloves. Follow all safety precautions.Pressurized gas cylinders—commonly found on the back of a technician’s work truck—can become a fire hazard or even explosive when exposed to extreme summer temperatures. One bump on the road can send them shooting off like a rocket. For proper handling and storage, the American Welding Society (AWS) recommends the following:

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  • Secure cylinders upright with a chain or strap in a proper cylinder cart.

  • Ensure valves are completely closed and any protection devices are secured.

  • Keep cylinders in a ventilated location free from excessive heat and electrical circuits.

  • Ensure safety measures, such as caps or guards, are securely installed.

  • Use a cart or hand truck. Do NOT drag or roll cylinders.

3. Inadequate Equipment Inventory

Having the proper HVAC tools is crucial. Practice a routine of prevention and awareness. Before departing for your scheduled route, make sure the tools in your vehicle are ready for work. This way, you can arrive at the homeowner’s residence confident you have the properly functioning tools needed to complete the job.Additionally, determining which tools you’ll be using for your next job makes it easy to hit the ground running upon arrival. It’s not just about staying organized with your equipment inventory; it actually prevents you from improvising when you’re in the midst of a job. The best tactic for safety is prevention and proper HVAC servicing procedures. Read our related article for suggestions on how to check equipment before setting out on a call:

4. Respiratory HVAC Safety Hazards

The most common health risks HVAC technicians are exposed to are respiratory related. Many homes contain HVAC systems with dirty air filters that act as petri dishes for mold, bacteria, and fungus. A faulty pilot light and heat exchangers leaking on the furnace can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Wear an industrial-grade face mask to prevent inhaling these lingering dangers in close proximity and for extended periods. Sometimes, the job requires a higher-grade mask, such as a cartridge-style mask or even a self-contained breathing mask—especially if the job is in a contaminated and confined space. Adequate airflow is paramount in these situations, and work should be carried out in an open space, whenever possible.

Click here to learn more about OSHA’s Respiratory Protection safety standards.

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5. Ladder Liability

According to a CDC report, “each year in the U.S., more than 100 people die and thousands more are injured from ladder-related falls.” By taking a few extra steps to adequately secure your ladder, you prevent one of the most common instances of fatalities and injuries on job sites.

When engaging in ladder work:

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  • Always maintain three-point contact. Either both feet with at least one hand or both hands with at least one foot on the ladder at all times.

  • Place the base of the ladder a quarter of its working length from the dwelling to achieve the safest angle.

  • Make sure the extension or straight ladder extends at least 3 feet above the point of support.

  • Ensure all locks are properly engaged on an extension ladder.

For more electrical safety tips, visit the National Fire Protection Association’s National Electric Code and Electrical Safety Requirements for Employee Workplaces.

6. Dangerous Driving

All of your tools may be pristine and properly stored. You may be fully outfitted with all of the PPE you can manage to put on. You can climb a ladder safely and follow every precautionary step when dealing with electrical or chemical hazards. But none of that matters if you never make it to the job.

Daily driving is a mundane reality for virtually all HVAC technicians. But driving with care not only reflects positively on your company (let’s face it—that van is really just a moving billboard), it saves lives.

To stay safe on the road:

  • Schedule enough time between jobs, so you are not rushing to get there.

  • Always communicate with your dispatcher if your schedule is not feasible for your driving route.

ServiceTitan’s Route Optimization Features and Implications for Driver Safety

ServiceTitan’s dispatching features include route optimization—giving techs the most efficient route to their next job site. Route optimization allows technicians to complete more jobs in less time without compromising on safety. Plus, having automated driving instructions reduces stress and eliminates distractions for drivers.ServiceTitan’s route optimization feature automatically minimizes drive time by using average traffic speeds. It can optimize technician route schedules to take existing commitments into consideration, so you don’t have to remember every techs’ dental appointment, or scheduled afternoon off.

Daily jobs are completed in the most efficient order based on technician locations—plus, technicians never need to find the most efficient routes themselves.

7. Unprofessional Conduct

It’s an act of trust when a homeowner invites a technician into their home, and nothing screams unprofessional like an untrained technician. An untrained technician easily disrupts a homeowner’s sense of security. As a business owner, make sure all of your technicians receive HVAC safety training to recognize hazards and establish proper protocols to ensure the safety of both technicians and customers.

8. Extreme Weather Conditions

HVAC technicians frequently work outside in extreme heat or cold. This leaves them at risk for fatigue, dehydration, heat stroke, hypothermia, and frostbite. As an HVAC tech, know your limits, wear the proper clothing, hydrate, and take breaks as needed to avoid these conditions. If techs don’t take care of themselves and their co-workers, they can’t serve customers properly. A technician’s health is worth the time.

9. Technician & Client Health

As a part of their job, HVAC technicians touch various surfaces (door handles, thermostats, etc.). While there were fewer health risks associated with transmission before COVID-19, the pandemic cautioned us to take additional steps to ensure the health and safety of technicians and customers. And this remains a concern, particularly for those who may be classed as vulnerable. Simple safety strategies can help mitigate these ongoing risks.In situations where contracting COVID may still be a health concern, all transactions that can be completed virtually (like receipts and payments) should be done in advance to limit contact. For the actual visit, all employees should wear a properly fitted mask. Further, technicians should carry disinfectants for their hands and equipment and maintain a 6-foot distance. After completion of the job, all employees should wash their hands, or at least sanitize them until they have the option to do so. Understandably, any employee showing symptoms or facing health concerns should not be working. Following these cautionary steps can ensure that the technicians, as well as the customers, are fully protected and prepared.

Further reading: Mitigating COVID-19 Risk with ServiceTitan

Note: ServiceTitan Mobile provides contactless payment features so customers can pay for their service immediately, without handling cash or even passing over their credit card.

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Keep HVAC Techs Efficient (and Safe) with ServiceTitan

ServiceTitan’s field service software gives you, your office staff, and your HVAC techs everything needed to perform jobs more efficiently.

ServiceTitan Mobile Helps HVAC Techs Arrive Fully Informed

Being well-prepared is one of the most important aspects of HVAC safety. If your HVAC business is still paper-based, techs can easily lose track of those papers, which causes job delays. Plus, when techs know the exact details about their HVAC set up and property data ahead of time, they can consider safety implications before they arrive.ServiceTitan Mobile gives your HVAC techs paperless access to every piece of information your Customer Service Rep (CSR) collected from the customer when the job was booked. Because all documents, forms, and customer details are stored in the cloud, techs can see customer names, addresses, contact details, outstanding estimates, and even listen to a recording of the customer’s call with the service rep.

Keep HVAC Techs Safe with Consistent Systems and Processes

ServiceTitan makes it easy for HVAC companies to implement automated systems and processes, which not only make businesses more efficient and profitable, but also make them safer workplaces.

The automated systems and processes our software offers includes:

  • Call booking systems: As soon as a customer calls, ServiceTitan shows your customer service reps the caller’s name, job history, and contact details. CSRs can greet repeat customers by name and will have a record of any previous work done by your business. ServiceTitan gives CSRs drop-down menus of information that needs to be collected before sending a tech out to the job, so no piece of information is forgotten. (These job details are vital for your HVAC techs to refer to later.)

  • Cloud-based documentation: ServiceTitan stores all documents and forms in the cloud so techs don’t have to remember to file forms and papers back at the office, or worry about losing them while on the road.

  • Custom form creation: ServiceTitan allows both techs and managers to build custom forms to collect all kinds of information in the field. By requiring forms to be completed on jobs, including safety checklists, HVAC techs can reduce errors and stay safe. You can trigger specific forms and checklists to appear on specific types of jobs. These may include maintenance checklists, safety checklists for specific pieces of HVAC equipment, and forms that are required to be filled before a tech can conclude a job within the software. ServiceTitan’s forms provide a framework for techs to follow to make them safer and more efficient.

  • Templates: ServiceTitan offers a range of HVAC templates (for invoicing, estimates, and every other stage of an HVAC job) to give customers consistent information for proposals, estimates, pricing, invoices, and more. By having all this information at their fingertips, and knowing they can rely on it being there when they need it, HVAC techs can focus on the important business of staying safe and doing their job well.

Are you interested in learning more about how your HVAC techs can use ServiceTitan to eliminate distracting busywork, so they can focus on what’s most important? Click here to get a free, one-on-one demo of our service management software.

Further reading for HVAC Professionals:

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  • The Best HVAC Proposal Apps

  • The Best HVAC Scheduling App

  • The Pricing Guide for HVAC Contractors

  • Step-by-Step Guide to Growing Your HVAC Business

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What are the hazards of HVAC technician? ›

The main hazards of HVAC work include: lifting, confined space entry (working inside ductwork), electrocution from electricity and wiring and using ladders and scaffolding. Workers are often required to work at height (on roofs, for instance) and have to manage fall-arrest systems.

What every HVAC technician should know? ›

5 Skills Every HVAC Technician Should Possess
  • In-Depth Knowledge of HVAC Systems and Methods. Doctors know medicine. ...
  • Acute Troubleshooting and Problem-Solving Skills. ...
  • Extensive Knowledge of Safety Standards and Protocols. ...
  • Soft Skills, Communication, and Flexibility. ...
  • Willingness to Continue HVAC Learning and Training.
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What safety considerations should be considered when working with HVAC motors? ›

5 Important HVAC Safety Guidelines for New Technicians
  • 1) Protective Gear. Any time you're exposed to contaminants like dust, gases and other debris, you will need a respirator to avoid breathing in any harmful particles. ...
  • 2) Tools for Staying Safe. ...
  • 3) Identifying Hazards. ...
  • 4) Chemical Safety. ...
  • 5) Avoiding Shock.
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What are the most common issues an HVAC technician will face? ›

Get Answers to the 10 Most Common HVAC Problems

What are 5 things that HVAC technicians have to do on a daily basis? ›

Some of the typical daily duties of an HVAC technician include:
  • Oversee installation of HVAC systems.
  • Provide good customer care.
  • Run after-hours calls as needed.
  • Troubleshoot and repair HVAC equipment.
  • Provide technical support when in the field.
  • Work with Sales and Engineering to develop products to meet market needs.
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What are safety controls in HVAC? ›

Automatic safety controls are those devices installed as a part of your electrical, heating, cooling, water heating and other systems to prevent such things as overheating, high and low pressures, excessively hot water or a surge in electrical current.

What is the top pay for HVAC technician? ›

HVAC technician salary overview
  • Median Annual Salary: $48,730 ($23.43 per hour)
  • Top 10% Annual Salary: $77,920 ($37.46 per hour)
  • Bottom 10% Annual Salary: $30,610 ($14.72 per hour)

What is the average age of an HVAC technician? ›

There are over 169,363 hvac-r technicians currently employed in the United States. 2.6% of all hvac-r technicians are women, while 97.4% are men. The average age of an employed hvac-r technician is 40 years old.

Is HVAC technician hard? ›

For many, HVAC training is not hard to complete. In fact, HVAC is no more difficult to learn than any other trade, but you should be prepared to learn in various ways. Some people assume because HVAC is very hands-on work that, it's possible to learn just by taking a system apart and putting it back together again.

Why is safety important in HVAC? ›

HVAC Technicians Should Practice Chemical Safety

If handled incorrectly, they can cause major injuries. Combustible chemicals can cause an explosion if proper care isn't taken in their treatment. This is why it's important to not only wear the right protective gear but to practice chemical safety at all times.

What safety considerations should technicians remember when working with chillers? ›

Always use with adequate ventilation. Most fatal accidents involving refrigerant are due to oxygen deprivation; Never expose refrigerants to flames, sparks or hot surfaces; Never trap liquid refrigerants between valves where there is no pressure relief device.

What are the hazard and risk in refrigeration and air-conditioning? ›

The risks associated with the use of refrigerants in refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment can include toxicity, flammability, asphyxiation, and physical hazards.

How happy are HVAC Techs? ›

A recent PayScale survey found that, on average, HVAC technicians are highly satisfied with their jobs. Among the reasons techs cited for liking their jobs were “work flexibility,” “working conditions,” and “the freedom of being out on the road every day.”

What is one of the main concerns when inspecting the HVAC system? ›

Water (or moisture) is one of the main concerns when inspecting the HVAC system. Think about water; it is the greatest destroyer of houses.

What is the main tool a technician would use to diagnose HVAC problems? ›

Multimeter. The digital multimeter is among the most important HVAC tools. This device allows HVAC technicians to test systems and diagnose problems. Multimeters can measure alternating and direct current, resistance, and voltage.

What are the responsibilities of an HVAC technician? ›

HVAC Technician responsibilities include:
  • Installing, maintaining and repairing ventilation and air conditioning systems and equipment.
  • Identifying maintenance risks on equipment.
  • Diagnosing electrical and mechanical faults for HVAC systems.

How stressful is being an HVAC technician? ›

Yes, HVAC is a stressful job.

Factors such as working conditions and long work hours all contribute to stress experienced by HVAC tech. For example, the work of an HVAC tech is physically demanding - working in tight, dark, and dirty spaces can pose a variety of mental and physical challenges.

How can I become a better HVAC tech? ›

9 HVAC Technician Tips
  1. Keep an eye on the details.
  2. Familiarize yourself with HVAC software.
  3. Ensure safety for you and the customer.
  4. Diagnose with confidence.
  5. Ask for help.
  6. Be a tech, not a salesperson.
  7. Communicate with the customer.
  8. Communicate with your team.
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What are the four hazard controls? ›

When evaluating the risks associated with specific hazards, the results of this evaluation should guide the researcher in the selection of risk management techniques including elimination, substitution, engineering controls, administrative controls, and personal protective equipment.

What is OSHA in HVAC? ›

OSHA rules and regulations ensure that HVAC technicians work under safe conditions. This means that HVAC technicians aren't exposed to toxic gases or chemicals, don't get hurt by heavy machinery or burn themselves with faulty wiring. Thorough training in OSHA standards can literally save lives.

Who makes the most money in hvac? ›

The highest-paying HVAC job is for those who own their own business. HVAC contractors typically earn anywhere from $67,573 to $209,355 a year. This amount is much higher than the average HVAC technician's average salary, 42,000 a year.

Where is the most money in hvac? ›

Where do HVAC installers make the most money? According to the BLS, Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, and Massachusetts pay the highest average annual salaries for HVAC technicians. The District of Columbia also tops the list with an average salary of $73,460 a year.

Which trades pay the most? ›

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  • Radiation Therapists. ...
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologists. ...
  • Dental Hygienists. ...
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians. ...
  • Aircraft and Avionics Equipment Mechanics and Technicians. ...
  • Boilermakers. ...
  • Construction and Building Inspectors. ...
  • Electricians.

Is becoming a HVAC tech worth it? ›

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the HVAC industry is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016-2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. The diversity of job opportunities and advancement in systems makes this industry an attractive and rewarding career.

Can a girl do HVAC? ›

HVAC offers an exciting career path for women. If you have ever considered a job in the skilled trades workforce, here are five reasons why you should take the plunge into this rewarding field.

Are HVAC techs in high demand? ›

The HVAC industry is booming, and there's no sign of it slowing down any time soon. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the HVAC industry is expected to grow by 15% from 2019 to 2029—much faster than the average for all occupations.

Is HVAC harder than electrician? ›

Which is harder to learn HVAC or electrical? HVAC and electrical are very similar. Students are trained on real equipment, and both programs can be completed in as few as 10 months. It is very difficult to say which one is easier because they both involve hands-on learning and theory.

Is there math in HVAC? ›

An HVAC career doesn't typically require advanced math skills. HVACR technicians do need basic math skills, like the ability to read a tape measure, calculate basic load requirements and use fractions. Those are covered in HVACR technician training, so you're prepared to enter the field.

What should I charge for HVAC side work? ›

In California, it's illegal to perform your normal blue-collar construction jobs on the side. This means jobs like plumbing, electrical, HVAC, carpentry, windows, roofing, and other handyman type jobs. Performing those on the side is illegal if you're collecting more than $500.

What are safety precautions and why are they important? ›

Safety Precautions means general activities that include, but are not limited to, wearing gloves, wearing eye protection, using equipment that is in good repair, cleaning up spills, access to a first aid kit, etc.

What is the most important part of HVAC? ›

The heat exchanger is the most important part of your heater or furnace, because it's the tool that heats the air. Typical, furnaces pull air in from the outside. The heat exchanger heats the air quickly, and the air is blown into your home.

What three 3 safety precautions must be observed when working around engines? ›

Keep hands clear of all moving parts. Use extreme caution around engine fans, as these may strike you, fling objects, start unexpectedly, or catch dangling leads or strings. Avoid touching hot engine parts. Do not run engines indoors or in enclosed spaces.

When working near a C components and lines what safety precautions should the technician be aware of? ›

ALWAYS wear eye protection when servicing air conditioning systems or handling refrigerant. 2. Avoid breathing refrigerant and lubricant vapor or mist. Exposure may irritate eyes, nose and throat.

Is HVAC considered hazardous? ›

HVAC work involves frequently interacting with electrical equipment and wiring. One false step can mean you face harmful electrocution. Not only is electrocution harmful to the technician, but if fatigue is also a factor, a live exposed wire left unattended could also mean harm to the person they are servicing.

What are some of the most common hazards related to air compressors? ›

What are some of the most common hazards related to air compressors? They include electrical dangers, fumes, flying particles, high pressures and high noise levels. Electrical dangers: If an outlet isn't grounded correctly, it can result in electrical shocks for your operators or irreparable damage for the machine.

What is toxic in air conditioning? ›

Freon is a dangerous substance. This almost odorless and tasteless gas can cause severe symptoms if a person inhales too much at once. Because refrigerants cut off the oxygen supply, some people use the gas to get high.

Is HVAC the hardest trade? ›

A similar pattern emerged when we asked about the trades most difficult to master. According to other contractors, electrical and HVAC are among the hardest to learn, but flooring and cleaning specialists were most likely to call their own crafts the toughest.

What are the cons of being a HVAC technician? ›

Con: HVAC Work is Physically Demanding

Like many construction trades, HVAC can take a toll on your body. You'll probably spend a lot of time on your feet and have to squeeze into some tight corners. Working in attics, basements, and crawl spaces can be hard on your back. And the hours can be long, too.

What is the failure rate of HVAC business? ›

According to industry experts there are over 100,000 HVAC contractors currently doing business in the U.S. However, statistics show that 50% of small business startups fail within the first year and 95% fail within five years.

What are the primary fire hazards of HVAC systems? ›

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  • Gas Pressure and Connections. ...
  • Crowded Furnace. ...
  • Leaking Fuel Lines. ...
  • Cracked Heat Exchanger.
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What three 3 components are present in an HVAC system? ›

Basic components of an HVAC system

Air filter. Supply fan.

What is an OBD in HVAC? ›

OBD. Steel Square or Rectangular Damper. The OBD is a steel opposed blade damper operated by a flat-head screwdriver. This damper attaches directly to most grilles and registers with 'S' clips and is useful for air balancing. Opposed Blade Damper for Grilles.

Is HVAC hazardous? ›

HVAC work involves frequently interacting with electrical equipment and wiring. One false step can mean you face harmful electrocution. Not only is electrocution harmful to the technician, but if fatigue is also a factor, a live exposed wire left unattended could also mean harm to the person they are servicing.

What are some of the most common physical hazards a process technician might encounter? ›

Physical hazards are classified as electrical, noise, radiation, or temperature. Physical hazards associated with chemicals are categorized as a combustible liquid, a compressed gas, explosive, a flammable gas, a flammable liquid, organic peroxide, oxidizer, pyrophoric, unstable, and water reactive. 7.

What hazard is involved when working with furnace? ›

The principal hazards are: burns from contact with hot surfaces or materials. trauma injury by violent rupture of the reaction vessel. toxic effects by exposure to fume or hazardous substances.

Is HVAC refrigerant leak toxic? ›

Lastly, but still important, refrigerant leaks can be harmful to your health and hazardous to the environment. Refrigerant, which is more commonly known as Freon, contains chemicals that can affect air quality and enter your respiratory system.

What is the highest pay for HVAC technician? ›

On average, an HVAC technician typically earns between $46,000 and $68,000 per year depending on experience. In 2020, the lowest 10% of HVAC technicians earned around $31,000 per year, while the top 10% earned around $80,000 per year.

What is an example of a technical hazard? ›

Examples of technological hazards may include industrial pollution, nuclear radiation, toxic wastes, dam failures, transportation accidents, factory explosions, fires, and chemical spills.

What is the most common hazard associated with hot work? ›

Hot work can present numerous types of hazards to workers and the environment around them. However, the most common and significant risk of hot work is fire and explosions. Without the proper safety procedures, all types of hot work can easily ignite a fire.

What is the most common hazard when working with electricity? ›

The main hazards of working with electricity are:
  • electric shock and burns from contact with live parts.
  • injury from exposure to arcing, fire from faulty electrical equipment or installations.
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