Commercial boilers are a type of a machine that you should handle carefully during repair or maintenance. Boilers are electrical or oil-powered machines that heat water to generate steam or hot water needed for industrial purposes. The primary safety hazard in boiler systems is the risk of explosion when a boiler fails to contain the expansion power generated by heating water.
To avoid these hazards, most companies have a separate boiler room with limited access. Only authorised people are allowed to enter the room whenever it is necessary. Below are some ways in which a company can ensure that their commercial boiler room is safe for everyone who regularly visits.
Clear the Room
The boiler room should only act as a room for the boiler, not a storage space for other items. Having items scattered everywhere in the room makes maintenance more challenging, plus they can injure people who visit the room if there is low lighting. Using a boiler room as a storage room also increases the chances of accidentally storing flammable products in there.
Ensure Proper Ventilation
Companies should keep their boiler rooms well ventilated, especially if their boilers are oil-powered. Having a well-ventilated room improves air circulation, therefore, preventing the production of harmful carbon monoxide caused by incomplete fuel combustion. You can build the boiler room on a separate ground to allow ventilation features like open spaces without compromising the safety of your other import and equipment.
Keep an Operations Log
It is also important to keep a record of everything that happens in the room. Every employee or external technician who enters the room for inspection should record their findings in a report and submit it to the relevant authority. These records will help you avoid any potential boiler problems as you can easily identify potential hazards and schedule maintenance on time.
You can improve safety by setting a standard protocol for everyone who visits the boiler room. These protocols should be accompanied with checklists that will help operators to avoid costly mistakes. For example, you can come up with a checklist for properly starting up and shutting down the boiler to minimise the errors and safety issues associated with the process.