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If Control Panels are Labelled is Training Required?

Many control panels for pieces of equipment and machinery will have labels by each switch or button which states what the button does. This therefore begs the question of whether training is required or whether the person can simply be placed at the controls and left to get on with it.


The simple answer in virtually all cases will be a resounding yes. Whilst the individual switches and buttons may be labelled, a worker will require training to be aware of the consequences that each one will entail. The label is also likely to relate to a specific process which may mean absolutely nothing to a person without a thorough and detailed knowledge of the equipment and its function.


Along with the health and safety implications that come with the operation or failure to activate a button or switch, a worker will also need to receive training to be informed and made aware of the commercial consequences of the action. For example a worker who is instructed to shut down a production process may need to complete a specific sequence to shut it down properly in a way which allows for a quick restart. If they just hit the big red button marked "stop" which is intended only for emergencies, it may require a lengthy procedure of resetting certain parts which will cost the business both time and money.


Related Pages:


  • NEBOSH General Certificate Work Equipment

  • Health and Safety with Regards to Buttons and Switches
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