It is of great significance to practise safety precautions in handling and operating all forms of heating systems. Not only is this a pragmatic approach to health, safety and protection, it is also something that the law warrants. These following laws apply to the risk management of hot water and surfaces in health and social care:
- The Health and Safety Work etc Act 1974 (HSWA), section 3
- Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (MHSWR), regulation 3
- And the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)
Section 3 of the HSWA, in particular, covers the protection of workers who place their health and safety at risk in carrying out their tasks. The legislative act places the duty of taking care of these employees’ safety and protection on their respective employers.
As an example, a company that provides specialist HVAC services can decide to prioritise the installation and maintenance of low surface temperature radiators, instead of hazardous heating equipment. It must be imperative that a company places emphasis on the health and safety of their workers.
This emphasis is included in the MHSWR, as the introductory text talks of the employers’ obligations with respect to the health and safety of workers and in relation to measures on the minimum health and safety requirements for the workplace’.
In addition, the PUWER serves as a guideline for employers. It provides them with their responsibilities related to the protection of their employees in the workplace. The regulations of the PUWER include the suitability, maintenance and inspection of work equipment.
For Your Household Radiators
The Manufacturers Association of Radiators and Convectors (MARC) cites specific tips in maintaining and maximising the efficiency of radiators.
1. Bleed your radiators a few times on a yearly basis to remove trapped air and improve heating.
2. Limit the repainting of a radiator, as one too many coats of paint reduces its efficiency.
3. Install TRVs, or thermostatic radiator valves, to improve temperature control.
4. Do away with the use of radiator covers as it affects the TRVs.
These are just a few ways you can make better use of the UK’s preferred heating equipment. What is important here is to remember that safety comes first – approach heating systems with caution at all times.