Steps to Take to Ensure Your Equipment is Safe

Contributed by editor on Sep 11, 2019 - 11:35 PM

Maintaining expensive equipment is a never-ending battle. Faults, repairs, and maintenance will take up your time and money, even after the last repayment is made.

For those businesses that need such heavy equipment, there is no way around this issue either. Instead you need to implement strategy and methods to better protect and maintain your equipment.

Steps that you should take to ensure that your equipment is safe – both from damage and safe for your employees to use – will vary from business to business. Generally speaking, however, the steps that you will need to take include:

Adequately Train Staff to Minimise Misuse of Equipment

All staff, even the cleaning crew, should be trained so that they do not incidentally misuse the equipment. Someone not thinking or being careless could injure themselves, break the machines, or destroy your work.

Implement Regular Inspections on Equipment

Try to regularly inspect the equipment in question. Once a day or at the very least once a week go through a series of tests to ensure that the equipment in question is working, safe to use, and does not need repair or maintenance.

Create an Easy Reporting System for Faults

Create a series of forms that your team can fill out that describe the issue in writing. This way you can pass on their information even if they themselves are not there. Perhaps they get off shift when the repair company comes in. With detailed notes, everyone knows what they saw and were concerned about.

Ensure the Equipment is in a Safe and Secure Area

Always audit the safety of the room your equipment is in. You don’t want an unsafe room or one that is not properly equipped to hold your equipment to cause irreparable damage.

   1. Safe from Trespassers

Keep the equipment safe and locked down when not in use. For portable equipment move this to an on-site storage unit. For heavier and larger pieces of equipment limit access and lock all doors and window. Install security cameras as necessary.

   2. Properly Lit, Ventilated, and Stored

You will need to check the air, temperature, and other similar characteristics of a room on a regular basis. Proper ventilation, for example, is usually very important for the safe storage of expensive equipment.

Have a Professional Repair and Parts Replacement Company on Hand

Despite your best efforts you will need to repair and even replace parts as the years go on. That is why it is wise to find a repair company that can do it all., for example, offers 24 hour around the clock support as well as spare part sourcing. Even if the part you need has been discontinued they can either find the part you need or find an alternative that will work in its place. This way smaller labs and learning institutes can keep their machines going for longer.

Minimize Access To Equipment

Though you can have a whole team in the equipment room working, that does not mean that the whole team should have a key to the equipment rooms. Give each supervisor access to the room, and think carefully on who should have access to limit unauthorized use of your equipment.

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