Maintenance, Health & Safety and Noise Risks
Old and/or poorly maintained machinery and equipment can pose a danger to the health and safety of those nearby in a number of different ways, in particular through worn or missing parts, and the danger from noise on hearing.
Older Machines are Likely to be More of a Health and Safety Hazard
Whilst new machines and pieces of equipment can still break and be dangerous when they are used for the first time if they have not been thoroughly tested and run-in, it is more likely that dangers will come from old machines which have one or more of the following conditions:
Machinery and Equipment Dangers are Covered on Many Health and Safety Courses
The danger to a person's safety and wellbeing that can occur from using tools and equipment is so great that many health and safety courses like the NEBOSH General Certificate contain modules and elements which take an in-depth look at many of the potential risks and hazards that are associated with their usage, maintenance, storage and a lack of appropriate training before commencing operating them.
Indirect Danger Posed by Failing Machinery
As well as posing a potential danger to health and safety directly, machines are also utilised extensively in monitoring and automated safety features. If this equipment fails for some reason then the safety system may not activate when it is needed, which can result in serious injury, illness or death to workers and anyone else who happens to be in the vicinity. If this accident were to occur at a facility such as a nuclear power plant, it can have extremely serious consequences for many people over an extremely large area. Along with the health of human beings, it will also create extensive death and damage to the surrounding environment too for a long period of time.
The Importance of Maintaining and Replacing Equipment for Preventing Accidents
We have seen in the paragraphs above that old or poorly maintained machinery and pieces of equipment can pose serious risks to the health, safety and wellbeing of both workers and members of the public alike. Therefore it is imperative that this equipment is regularly inspected for damage and is sufficiently maintained by a person who is competently trained and has the required knowledge to carry out the maintenance properly. If they are not suitably competent, the act of performing the maintenance can actually create a danger to health and safety! It is also strongly recommended to replace old equipment and machinery which is likely to fail soon with newer equipment.
Not only can this newer equipment reduce the potential for health and safety incidents in the workplace, but it is likely that it will be more efficient than the previous model which has environmental benefits through the consumption of less energy and can also save the company money due to lower electricity bills.
Noise Risks to Hearing
Newer machinery can often take advantage of advances in technology and materials to operate far more quietly than machines built in the past, which can significantly reduce the potential for damage to the hearing of those near the machine. Not only can newer machines be quieter than older ones, but old ones which have worn or loose parts can also produce a great deal of noise and vibration.
Although measures can be taken to reduce the levels of sound which actually reach the ears of people, it is far more preferable - as it is with other health and safety risks and dangers - to remove the problem at source by replacing the machinery with quieter models.
Need an Accredited Course?
Along with designing bespoke health and safety training programmes, we also run the accredited NEBOSH, IOSH and ConstructionSkills (CSkills) health and safety courses as open courses at selected venues across the UK, as well as in-house for those companies who have a number of employees requiring the training, as it will be much more cost effective than sending them all onto a scheduled open course.
For more information please call 0115 984 9940 to discuss the options or send us an online contact form. Alternatively, use the "Courses" menu at the top of the page to view the courses and qualifications for the various awarding bodies.
These courses form the basis for our in-house training programmes. They can either be run as they are if the outline is exactly what you want, or can be be modified to suit the individual requirements of your organisation. Two or more can also be combined to tailor a bespoke training session for you.
Please click on a course title to find out more about what each one entails: