Even with the correct and appropriate equipment and machinery for your business, this equipment can still cause a range of serious risks without appropriate inspection and maintenance practices in place, this is especially the case in manufacturing environments, where the reliance on key plant and equipment is high and a machinery malfunction or accident could have costly consequences.
Injured employees, lost or damaged resources, reputational impact and hefty non-compliance fines can all stem from incidents and your organisation can’t afford to ignore necessary inspection and maintenance practices. Use this guidance to ensure safe and effective equipment:
- Know when to inspect—HSE regulations require workplace equipment to be inspected when there is a significant risk to the operator of the equipment or others due to incorrect installation or re-installation, damage or misuse of safety features, wear and tear of the equipment or under exceptional circumstances.
- Establish a routine—The frequency of equipment inspections and any necessary maintenance depends on the type, location and use of the equipment. However, inspections should typically take place when equipment is installed, moved or reinstalled; after an accident that has the potential to impact safety features; or at determined intervals throughout the time the equipment is in use.
- Know how to inspect—During equipment inspections, its important to utilise resources such as the manufacturer or supplier handbook, HSE guidelines or professional guidance. Important elements to check include safety guards, structural supports, safety signage or warning indicators, braking devices and emergency stops.
More than anything, you need robust insurance. Contact Bullerwell & Co Ltd today to discuss machinery breakdown cover on 01234 268818