Maintenance of equipment or facilities are inspected, maintained and protected before break down or other problems occur.
Understand your responsibilities for keeping work equipment in good working order, how often you need to do it and where you can keep a record of it.
You need to carry out maintenance to ensure the workplace structures, equipment, machines, furniture and facilities are in good working order and operate properly and safely.
The lack of adequate maintenance can lead to dangerous situations, accidents and health problems.
It includes many tasks such as
There are two main types of maintenance work.
Is planned and includes scheduled inspections repairs and replacement to make sure everything continues to work.
Is needed when things go wrong or breakdowns occur. This demands a reactive, unplanned action to be taken to get things up and running again.
These are some of the pieces of legislation related to maintenance.
Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 outlines the general responsibilities for employers to maintain a safe place of work, safe systems of work and safe work equipment.
Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations 1992 states that employers must maintain their workplace and equipment in an efficient state, good working order and in good repair.
Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 explain that employers must ensure that work equipment is maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair.
Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers to do a suitable and sufficient risk assessment also applies to maintenance work – this assessment must be carried out before maintenance work is undertaken, even when it is reactive and production demands requires a fast response.
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