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Home Energy Auditor Health & Safety

Created 4/15/2015 by Justin Holzgrove
Updated 6/3/2016 by Justin Holzgrove
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Performing home energy surveys can put auditors in precarious situations! Rodents, muck, confined spaces, air contaminants, and hazardous waste are all commonly found in residential crawlspaces and attics. It’s important to keep our team members well-protected and well-trained for the conditions they find on the job.

 

What are the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Occupational Health & Safety training courses your company uses?

 

Mason PUD 3 is currently in the process of re-evaluating our policies in this area, and this is what we’re looking at:

Conservation Technician Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Full-body, long sleeve, disposable Tyvek suit with hood
  • Half mask respirator (SAMPLE)
  • Respirator cartridge (SAMPLE)
  • Puncture resistant gloves
  • Cotton hood to cover head and neck (SAMPLE)
  • Bump cap or head covering (auditor’s preference)
  • Knee pads (SAMPLE - skateboard kneepads that stay up on your leg while crawling!)
  • Amber safety glasses or goggles (auditor’s preference)
  • Closed toe shoes

We have requested several modules from our OSHA training vendor that may be related to our field. Do you have any additional health and safety training recommendations?

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Comments (3)
Justin Holzgrove on 04/15/15 on 03:43 PM (Pacific Time)
Thanks to Norm at Lewis PUD and Jacob at Grays Harbor PUD for sharing their input on PPE!
#publicpower #teamwork 
Michael Currie on 06/02/16 on 11:29 AM (Pacific Time)
Justin,

As we spend more time in crawlspaces we have noticed a lack of information on what to do in case of an earthquake.
Have you (or anyone with information on the matter) come across any "best practices" for where to position yourself in a crawlspace should an earthquake occur?
Justin Holzgrove on 06/03/16 on 06:21 AM (Pacific Time)

Great question! I haven't heard anything official on that... and I sure hope none of our public power conservation techs are ever put in such a precarious situation.

I would assume (key word "assume") that getting out of there ASAP or getting nice and close to the foundation would be a best practice.

I'd love to hear a professional's opinion on this.

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