Energy efficiency surely walks side by side with safety. All energy efficiency best practices result in a safer working environment. Some examples are that good combustion control allows efficiency and can prevent explosions, fires, reduce pollution, and avoid presence of particulates in the air; steam leak detection and repair avoids personnel injuries, burns and noise; better insulation avoid burns; better design and operation reduces maintenance interventions, minimizing human exposure to equipment internals and hazardous conditions.
The list could be longer; the problem is that operational and maintenance crew often perceive energy efficiency and safety personnel to be acting in opposite directions, and they are not wrong in their conclusion. The option is to synchronize speech and actions between these two groups, they have a lot to obtain by working in a complementary manner.
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