Setting Sights on Safety: Eye/Face Risks and PPE
DISCLAIMER: HVAC School is NOT an official OSHA safety training resource! Although we provide safety tips in good faith, our website is not a substitute for safety training from an authorized OSHA training source.   Although we primarily work with our hands, our eyes are one of our most valuable assets in the industry. After […]
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Lockout/Tagout Basics
DISCLAIMER: HVAC School is NOT an official OSHA safety training resource! Although we provide safety tips in good faith, our website is not a substitute for safety training from an authorized OSHA training source.   Locking out and tagging equipment is one of the most basic safety procedures in general industry and maintenance work, especially […]
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Does the Voltage or the Amperage Kill You?
I hear the following phrase a lot It's the amperage that kills you not the voltage While there is truth to the statement it is sort of like saying “it's the size of the vehicle not the speed that kills you when it hits you”… OK so that's a pretty bad example, but hopefully, it […]
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Oxyacetylene Torches: Tips and Operation
    Everyone in the HVAC/R trade uses some form of torch to braze or solder alloys together. So what is the proper way to handle an oxyacetylene torch? Turns out, there’s more than one right answer. Depending on which torch rig you use, the manufacturer’s manuals for operation may vary.  Everyone (hopefully) knows a neutral […]
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5 Terror Inducing HVAC/R Stories & Facts
As the evening approaches on this All Hallow's Eve, Reformation Day, or Halloween (depending on your preference), let us take a moment to focus on some of the truly terrifying elements of our trade—because the scariest stories are TRUE. Real Ghost Stories  The year was 1921, and a wealthy family purchased a new home in […]
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Oxygen Safety Tip – No Oil and Grease
Some of the scariest practices that occur in the field surround brazing practices and tank and regulator handling. A few obvious tips are: Store tanks completely secure and upright with nothing nearby that can easily open or damage the tank valve. NEVER store tanks in a torch kit with it off only at the torch […]
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Lifting Techniques Part 4 – Using Unistrut
This is Part 4 series by Senior Refrigeration Tech (and prolific writer) Jeremy Smith. Pay attention to this one, folks. I know rigging and safe lifting practices may be boring to some of you, but it could very well save your back or your life. Disclaimer This article is written by a technician representing his […]
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Lifting Techniques Part 3 – Complex Block & Tackle
This is Part 3 series by Senior Refrigeration Tech (and prolific writer) Jeremy Smith. Pay attention to this one, folks. I know rigging and safe lifting practices may be boring to some of you, but it could very well save your back or your life. Disclaimer This article is written by a technician representing his […]
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Lifting Techniques Part 2 – Pulleys
This is Part 2 series by Senior Refrigeration Tech (and prolific writer) Jeremy Smith. Pay attention to this one, folks. I know rigging and safe lifting practices may be boring to some of you, but it could very well save your back or your life. Disclaimer This article is written by a technician representing his […]
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