H&S Update - Plant and equipment

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Do you check your plant and equipment regularly? It is so easy for these jobs to 'slip under the net' and get forgotten during busy times, but our HSEQ Manager Clare, talks about the importance of keeping everything checked and maintained. 

The importance of plant and equipment maintenance 

Having functioning plant and equipment is vital to your work right? Well this is why it is so important to have an effective maintenance programme in place! This will ensure your plant and equipment is more reliable, with fewer mishaps and breakdowns. It is so important to report any problems that arise with your plant and equipment to ensure that a longer issue is not welcomed and your safety is not put at risk. 
As a company we consider ensuring our plant and equipment is safe to use a key priority. We have a number of policies in place, which are given to our team leaders and include information about how to spot an issue and how to correctly report it. Our team leaders have the responsibility to do weekly checks which is recorded on our tablets and then presented to our fleet & operations management team. This data is collected and reported on, checking any major concerns have been dealt with and any potential risks are looked at immediately. 
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Equipment maintenance check for one of our company jet washes

Tips for your plant & equipment 

Weekly checks for wear and tear: Nominate a team member to carry out weekly checks of the equipment, filling out a form whilst they are doing this. We nominate one person to ensure that everyone knows what is expected of them and ensures that risk of something crucial being missed is reduced
Keeping machinery clean: If all machinery is kept clean, it is easier to spot problems as well as this reducing the chance of wear and tear through grit and grime
Add and test lubricants frequently: Checking for oil leaks and excess grease is so important when it comes to plant and equipment maintenance. Ensure that this is done frequently
Ensure employees are trained: It is important to ensure that all employees are aware of what may go wrong or what it looks like when something is broken. This training can be done individually or as groups
Have a process in place: Ensure that there is a process in place for who is checking what equipment, what is being checked and when they are doing this. As well as this, it is important that all checks are done as thoroughly as possible and all data and information has been recorded

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