The health and safety of our employees are among our top concerns at AFGO Mechanical. In fact, the significant emphasis we place on protecting our employees makes us one of the safest commercial HVAC contractors in New York City and the metropolitan area. We follow the rules established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for HVAC technicians to ensure total compliance with all standards and regulations at all times.
To learn more about the safety measures we have in place for our employees, please contact AFGO today.
Protecting Against Potential Job Site Hazards
Workers in skilled trades, including HVAC, are sometimes exposed to hazardous conditions. Here are some of the potential risks that heating and cooling technicians face and how we address them:
- Hazardous materials
The necessity to handle refrigerants and other chemicals exposes technicians to potentially harmful substances. Refrigeration training ensures that employees are thoroughly educated in safe handling techniques.
- rooftop operations
Fall protection—including guardrail systems, platform ladders, safety nets, or harnesses—are required for HVAC technicians working at heights of six feet or more above the ground. We make sure our team follows all the necessary precautions to stay safe on the job.
- Electrical wiring
HVAC workers deal with electricity directly when connecting heating and cooling systems to power sources. We make sure our employees are trained in the proper precautions they should take, such as turning off electrical equipment before working with it and using lockout and tag procedures to let maintenance supervisors know not to restore power until they’re done working.
- Airborne substances
We provide the proper respiratory protection for our technicians who may be exposed to excessive or toxic particles in the air while conducting maintenance or repair work on HVAC equipment.
- Confined spaces
It’s possible to become trapped or asphyxiated when working in tight areas. Before a technician enters a confined space, first we remove any hazards, such as flammable substances. Then, we ensure proper ventilation for the duration of the project.
Working around heavy equipment introduces another safety hazard to the environment. We follow proper machine usage guidelines and machine guarding requirements to keep our employees safe.
Ensuring a Safe Work Environment
Our commitment to ensuring a safe work environment is second to none. We realize that the responsibility for complying with regulatory requirements rests with us, the employer. That’s why we make sure our workers understand all the known hazards present in their work environment and how to respond appropriately to each one. Here are some of our priorities:
Our ultimate intention is to avoid all workplace accidents. To help us achieve this goal, we hold regularly scheduled meetings that focus on specific safety topics related to job-specific hazards and how to maintain a safe work environment. We also continually update our safety compliance efforts in accordance with local and national regulatory practices to make our workers as safe as possible.
Vehicle safety initiative
Our extensive fleet personnel are carefully managed and trained to practice safe policies while operating and servicing company vehicles. This training helps to minimize hazards and keeps workers safe.
open lines of communication
Our company owners, executive team, and field supervisors communicate effectively with our technicians, addressing questions or concerns they have immediately. We also remain highly engaged with our clients to ensure peace of mind and a positive experience for everyone.
AFGO's Safety Initiatives
If you have any unanswered questions regarding AFGO’s safety initiatives, please contact us today. We have nearly 100 years and three generations of experience providing quality HVAC services to businesses in Manhattan and the surrounding areas, including Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island, Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties.