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Safety At Work: Workplace Maintenance

The lowdown on keeping your premises safe and secure.

The importance of having well thought out repair and maintenance procedures in place should never be underestimated because ultimately they are essential aspects of any successful, efficient and safe workplace.

Maintenance procedures cover a huge spectrum of tasks from changing light bulbs and clearing away rubbish through to repairing and servicing industrial machinery in accordance with manufacturers’ warranties and legislation.

Ensuring that buildings and premises are well maintained immediately helps to improve safety as well as enhancing their appearance to both visitors and employees, whilst also making them less attractive to criminals.

As well as the usual hazards associated with any workplace, maintenance operations generally involve a wider range of risks because often they have to be carried out in a live work environment and alongside the day to day operations of the organisation. In addition, maintenance workers often find themselves carrying out non-routine tasks, in exceptional conditions or confined spaces and in close contact with hazardous parts of machinery which adds another level of risk to the work.

It’s also vitally important that anyone else in close proximity to maintenance work, or that could be affected by it, are aware it’s happening, follow safety precautions and don’t attempt to operate machinery while it’s out of action and this is where specialist ‘lock out’ equipment can help.

Under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER), employers have to ensure that work equipment is suitable for the intended use; safe for use, maintained in a safe condition and inspected to ensure it is correctly installed and does not subsequently deteriorate; as well as used only by people who have received adequate information, instruction and training.

Finally, PPE must be provided and used by anyone undertaking maintenance work under the Personal Protective Equipment At Work Regulations 1992 and employers must ensure that all equipment is stored correctly, regularly maintained and used correctly by the relevant people.

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