Risk assessment for HVAC commissioning

Health and safety in commercial and domestic buildings are an increasing concern for owners and public health authorities. When it comes to HVAC systems there are a number of health, safety and risk factors that need to be kept in mind, reviewed and checked to ensure the system is operating safely.

 Safe operation also aids efficient operation and risk assessment plays a key part in ensuring both.

What is a risk assessment?

Risk assessment is a broad term that’s used to describe the process or method where hazards and risk factors are identified. These hazards are then analysed and the associated risks are evaluated. A dynamic risk assessment is one of the most important health and safety measures in any business. By constantly monitoring risk in the workplace it’s possible to save resources, protect your company reputation while ensuring a safe environment and culture.

Why is risk assessment important during HVAC commissioning?

HVAC systems that are installed into commercial premises will need to take into account any potential risks and hazards to workers and members of the public who use the building. Risk assessment for HVAC commissioning will involve taking time to make a proper assessment of the site to ensure the technicians understand what they’re dealing with.

 Any potential hazards on each job site will be identified, and proper safety precautions will be taken before the installation begins. Those who are undertaking the commissioning process will be properly trained and certified for the task

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What are some of the risks associated with HVAC systems?

There are a number of potential hazards associated with HVAC systems, both for the people who install them and for those who use a building where a HVAC system is installed. HVAC systems contain potentially harmful chemicals that can pose a serious threat to health. From refrigerants and cleansing liquids to solvent and detergents, all of these can be problematic if handled incorrectly. Combustible chemicals can even explode and cause serious injury. As well as chemicals there’s also the issue of water and electricity combined. Leaks can lead to equipment failure and even electric shock.

A rigorous approach to risk assessment

ECS testing and commissioning services ensure a rigorous and thorough approach to risk assessment. We always provide suitably qualified and experienced engineers to ensure all aspects of the commissioning process and the design intent are fulfilled, whatever the size of the project. All testing and commissioning works are undertaken in accordance with Part L Building Regulations, CIBSE guidelines and BSRIA application guides, together with CSA Guidelines and British Standards where applicable.

 To find out more about our approach to risk assessment for HVAC commissioning call 01535 600688 or email info@ecs-yorkshire.co.uk