Why your engineering inspections are so important…
Minimising risk is high on the agenda for most businesses. From always keeping your people safe to running the most efficient oeration, risk management is an ongoing focus for most.
As a business owner or senior operator, however, you’ve probably got more than enough on your plate without having to worry about having your machinery and equipment inspected. In fact, you might not even know which items need examining and why…
Following a thorough programme of engineering inspections is much more than a nice to have though. It’s important that you’ve got this covered, and properly, and here’s just a couple of reasons why.
1. You don’t get to choose the outcome when something goes wrong
Where plant and machinery are involved, if it goes wrong, it can really go wrong. Equipment defects aren’t always obvious, especially if you’re not trained to notice these. A malfunctioning piece of kit can have catastrophic results, including seriously injuring someone – or worse.
And that’s aside from any operational impact; a broken-down machine could cause production delays and business inefficiency.
Engineering inspections are designed to identify and highlight plant and machinery defects and allow them to be rectified as early as possible, preventing them from becoming a serious issue. In fact, if a problem is not found early enough, it could be too late or serious to be repaired and the piece of kit might need completely replacing – expensive and time consuming.
2. You’re engineering inspections are well covered by legislation
If you own or operate machinery in the workplace, you’re regulated by a whole host of essential legislation. Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) and Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) and are just a couple of the regulations that help keep businesses and their people safe in the UK. They clearly outline the need for a suitable programme of inspections for all relevant workplace plant and equipment, stating the type of equipment they cover, inspection frequencies and other vital information, not to be ignored.
For more information about the regulations covering your plant and machinery, visit the British Engineering Services Engineering Inspections Guide here.