Work Equipment Maintenance
Guidance on Maintenance of Work Equipment
You need to regularly maintain your equipment to ensure that it is kept in a good safe working condition. You must also consider the risks involved in the maintenance of equipment and tools.
•Ensure that equipment is made safe before any maintenance begins.
•Isolate electrical and other power supplies.
•Isolate plant & pipelines containing pressurised fluid, gas, steam or hazardous material.
•Ensure support is given to any equipment or parts of equipment that could fall.
•Use the manufacturer's maintenance instructions where available & provided.
•Ensure control switches are visible and clearly marked to show what they do.
•Have emergency stop controls within easy reach if necessary.
•Ensure to use personal protective equipment appropriate for the job to be done where necessary.
•Always use the correct tool for the job; never 'make do'.
•Replace tools when they become worn or damaged beyond repair.
•Use the right sized spanner for the nut.
•Ensure tools are never used as levers.
•Keep edges of cutting tools, saws, chisels, drills etc. sharp and in good condition.
•Handles should be properly fitted, secure and free from splits.
EVERY EMPLOYER HAS A STATUTORY DUTY TO ENSURE THAT "WORK EQUIPMENT" IS SAFE TO USE
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