Your work gear and equipment represent major investments in your business, your people and your future.
Having them there, and having the people who know how to use them, gives you the ability to go out into the world and do what you do best – your line of business.
Anglia Handling presents a guide to getting this right.
An Investment in Health and Safety
Keeping your equipment in good repair means that you’re adhering to original intent behind the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. That was put in place to make sure all employers provided a safe working environment for their staff. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations came along 25 years later. That required businesses to carry out risk assessments on the health and safety of their employees in all the situations they were placed in.
If your working environment includes equipment like cranes, forklifts, reel carrier trucks and scissor lifts, failure to keep them in good repair means that you’re not complying with the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations. The equipment may keep working, it may break down, but without proper care and attention, you don’t know and that’s where the danger comes in.
Prepare to Keep it All in Good Repair
First, make sure that you select someone suitable and diligent to be responsible for your work gear and equipment and how it’s deployed.
That person will need to make sure that equipment is used in the way intended or whether it needs to be adapted for a specific usage. They must consider whether the equipment is to be used inside or outside, the risks that result from usage of the equipment and how the equipment fits in with its surroundings (is it near any flammable or explosive risks?)
Your staff member will need to devise and keep a maintenance schedule for all equipment. It’s always best to get support and advice from the original manufacturer or the stockist you bought the equipment from. Maintenance records provide adequate evidence that you’re complying with health and safety regulations. Make sure they’re kept in an easy-to-find place in case your company gets an on-the-spot inspection.
Be Thorough with Your Training
As an employer, you need to make sure all your staff who use certain pieces of equipment have had the correct training to use it so that they comply with health and safety provisions. Make sure you carry out regular competence exercises on them on every piece of equipment they’re cleared to use. If an employee is not displaying the required competence on a particular piece of equipment, make sure that they are trained without delay.
It’s a good idea to train users to manage or supervise their colleagues’ use of the equipment – the more diligent eyes there are in your company, the better.
The correct people using the correct machines in the correct way means that your staff are safe and your equipment is less likely to be misused, meaning it stays in good repair for longer.
Talk to the Experts at Anglia Handling
Our experienced, friendly team is here to talk about any gear or equipment you have or you need for your company. Call us on 01767 312 125.