Health and safety legislation places a duty on employers to ensure plant and equipment in the workplace is maintained. This refers to the process of regularly inspecting, repairing, and servicing the tools, machinery, vehicles, and other equipment used in a workplace to ensure its safe and efficient operation. Adequate maintenance of work equipment is essential to prevent breakdowns, prolong the lifespan of the equipment, and maintain a safe working environment. Below are some key aspects of maintaining work equipment:
Maintenance work should only be carried out by those who are competent to do the work. For some maintenance work, for example the changing of abrasive wheels, there are well-established industry training schemes. In other cases, such as for the use of small-scale scaffold towers, sufficient training may be provided by the equipment hirers.
Plant and equipment must be made safe before maintenance starts i.e., through isolation / lock-out and any stored energy released. Formal systems of work, such as a permit to work, are required in some cases to safely manage high-risk maintenance operations.
Adhering to proper maintenance practices can help ensure that work equipment operates safely, efficiently, and reliably, reducing the risk of breakdowns, accidents, and costly downtime.
The iProtectU software contains an Asset Management system which has a designated register to file assets and equipment as well as log their inspection summary. The system allows the user to add / view, the serial number, location, condition and audit history of equipment within the organisation. The inspection summary feature gives the user a snapshot of the equipment condition, compliance status as well as past and future inspection dates.
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