A plumber is responsible for undertaking a wide range of tasks such as repairing pipes, working on fittings, fixtures, and other installations. This essentially means that during the course of a plumber's career, the plumber is likely to work across a wide range of conditions. The plumber will be working with a wide variety of tools, and if appropriate measures are not taken then the plumber could be at great risk. There is no doubt that some jobs carry a degree of greater risk than other professions. Plumbing is one of them. As you will be engaging in some dangerous tasks, the tips below should assist you in ensuring your safety as much as possible.
Risk of health problems
Plumbers often have to to work across a range of environments. This essentially means that they will be exposed to a wide variety of chemical hazards. It is possible for plumbers to be exposed to chemicals such as asbestos or lead. In order to avoid excessive exposure, you should get training on the potential health hazards before you enter the site.
Be aware of electrocution
Working with electrical devices, especially in wet environments can often be dangerous as there is risk of electrocution. This often occurs when the plumber assumes that the electricity is off. This is a dangerous assumption that can result in serious injury, possibly even death. Only use power tools that are safe for a wet environment and that have a ground fault circuit interpreter. You should take extra care when working on metal pipes; if you feel a tingling when touching a metal pipe, stop work immediately.
Working in cramped conditions
On occasion, you may be required to work in cramped conditions. In these cases you should be more careful as there are a number of risks involved. If you are not careful, you could suffer from oxygen deficiency, and could be exposed to hydrogen sulphide, a by-product of sewage decomposition, can build up to unhealthy levels. It would help to have a long lasting ventilation system in place for your job. Regular supply of fresh air will make some of the more challenging tasks get completed smoother.
Proper clothing and equipment
Plumbers are often required to work in wet areas. There are many health hazards you can come across in these areas so you should use appropriate footwear to avoid any potential falls and slips. It is important to be able to manoeuvre around quite easily, so you should keep your area clear of any form of clutter. Keep all of your tools and equipment in good working order at all times. All of your cutting equipment should be kept sharp to ensure that it will work properly. You can avoid injuring yourself with cuts by cutting away from your face and body. Ensure that you use eye protection at all times when cutting or grinding.
The importance of taking regular breaks
It is useful for your well-being if you get in the habit of taking regular breaks during your tasks. This will be good for your mind and for when you have to take on more physically and mentally demanding tasks later on.
The job of a plumber should not be taken lightly. As we have seen, plumbers often have to engage and work in some dangerous conditions. However, if appropriate measures are taken, you can ensure the safety of your well-being.