Like all electricity-related products, solar installation has its own safety issues. It is best to proactively take preventive measures that can help prevent unnecessary injuries in the workplace. Compliance with safety protocols not only ensures worker well-being but also improves the prospect of long system life. Here are some of the precautions one should take when installing solar panels:
1. Stop Working in Bad Weather Conditions
The first safety rule to keep in mind is to stop working in bad weather. Working on Solar Panels or other photovoltaic components means you are working on electricity and you can get electrocuted during a storm. Also, a strong wind might cause damage to the photovoltaic system before it gets properly installed. The risk of slipping or imbalance is increased during the rainy season. Also, ensure that you do not install a solar system alone. Take at least one qualified personnel with you.
2. Wear insulated gloves when working with solar modules.
Solar modules carry an electric charge so you need to wear insulated gloves to protect yourself. When installing solar panels, be careful not to get the house’s sheathing wet, as this can cause leak on the roof. This is usually a problem with new roofs, but also older roofs can leak, especially if shingles are missing or have been removed at some point.
3. Never climb ladders while carrying solar panels
Lift solar panels onto rooftops using cranes or forklifts. Make sure these appliances have been properly checked. Solar panels can be very heavy, so make sure the roof is strong is enough to bear the weight of the solar panels before you assemble your solar panels. When working on roofs, always ensure that extreme safety precautions (including harnesses, lifelines, and safety nets) are in place to prevent slipping, falling, injury or death. Make sure they work properly before you start installing your PV system. When working on a photovoltaic system, it is advisable to use insulated tools. Use rubber mats to keep the ladder from slipping and ask another person to hold the ladder securely while climbing.
4. A photovoltaic system should never be installed near flammable gases
It could cause a fire or an explosion. It is not a good idea to wear metallic jewelry while working on your PV system as it can cause electric shock. Do not install a photovoltaic system within 0.3 miles of ocean or saltwater. It can cause corrosion, and fumes and mist can disrupt photovoltaic systems and cause damage or electric shock. Do not install photovoltaic systems in locations that are classified as corrosive according to ISO C5.
5. Check the PV system for damage
You not only want perfectly working solar components because they cost a lot of money, but also damaged cables and components can lead to losses in the system production as well as possible fires and additional damage. The first thing to do when you want to install solar PV systems is to check them for damage.
As the photovoltaic industry in Nigeria continues to grow exponentially, it is of the utmost importance to us that our local employees are safe and return to their families safe and sound after each installation. Hence, safety has become a major concern in our business and an important part of our employee training.