Modern Industrial Boiler Cleaning-Safer and More Efficient

Armed with long rods and brushes, early boiler cleaners toiled for hours scraping off combustion debris from a boiler’s fireside and scooping out waterside sediment exposed to all sorts of deadly ash and contaminants. Fortunately, for modern day technicians the days of long sticks and brushes are gone and new inventions keep soot and debris out of their lungs and off their faces. However, the basic problems of boiler soot and scale haven’t gone away.

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The Leaching World Below Our Garbage

In 1935 the Fresno Municipal Sanitary Landfill opened in California as a model of contemporary landfill design. Trash brought to the site was compacted and covered with dirt in stark contrast to other landfills of the time that did little more than dump the waste in a large pit at the edge of town. The Fresno landfill remained in use until 1989 when it was added to the EPA’s National Priorities List of sites contaminated by hazardous waste that pose a risk to human health or the environment. Over the years, the design and maintenance of landfills have advanced. Gone are the days of oozing, festering city dumps that poisoned drinking water and killed fish. Landfills today are feats of engineering that control decomposition, collect off-gassing, and protect the surrounding environment from contamination.

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Why Safety Training Can Positively Impact Profitability

In 1970, the year Congress enacted the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), nearly 14,000 workers were killed on the job in the United States. Over the next ten years the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) established regulations for workplace safety, inspection procedures, and limits on harmful materials in the workplace. OSHA’s policies were developed and implemented throughout the 1970s and by the 1980s, the positive effects of the agencies work were apparent. By 1989, the number of workplace fatalities averaged 6,359 per year down more than 50% from 1970. In 2017 fatalities had dropped even further to 5,147. In states where written injury and illness prevention programs (IIPP) are mandated by state law, research indicates those states had workplace fatality rates as much as 32 percent below the national average. The establishment and enforcement of safety regulations have saved tens of thousands of lives.

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Boiler Cleaning, a Routine but Crucial Part of Facility Management

Boilers are built for a very specific reason: to provide heated water or steam using the least amount of energy, for the lowest cost, with little to no downtime. The facility manager’s job is simple and summed up in Cleaver-Brooks’ boiler efficiency guide; Routine inspections and preventative maintenance will pay for themselves in keeping boiler efficiency up and fuel costs down.” Unfortunately, maintenance staff sometimes take boilers for granted and forget that, just like any piece of HVAC equipment, a boiler needs maintenance, cleaning, and tuning. Without regular service, boiler performance diminishes and breakdowns become more frequent.

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Q & A with Red Seal Journeywoman Liz Sandwith RSE

We asked Red Seal Journeywoman Liz Sandwith of Black & McDonald to answer 4 quick questions about her experience working in the HVAC industry. Read on to learn the universal reasons why she loves the world of HVAC and get her unique perspective as a woman working in this industry.

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