Maintenance work can be dangerous work as it can often involve many of the most unsafe activities like working on ladders or scaffolding, disturbing asbestos, working with electricity and even moving parts in equipment. Each task is different, and maintenance techs are frequently in direct contact with machines and other hazards, and that could lead to safety issues. While performing any maintenance task, safety is an absolute must!
Workplace safety is simply the limiting of factors that can cause harm, accidents, and other negative outcomes while completing a task. It is the policies, behaviors, and precautions that help to curb hazards, accidents, and other kinds of harm in a work environment.
Maintenance involves safety protocols for those performing repairs and also includes checks to make sure all equipment is functioning properly in order to keep workers safe. When techs know that the machinery they’re working on is safe to use, they’re able to work with more efficiency. Ultimately, more gets done quicker. Maintenance techs should always make sure their equipment stays in top shape too, whether it’s a hard hat, or a drill, or an air pump. If a piece of machinery or a tool they were using had an issue, they should report it so it can be returned to top working order.
Teaching your maintenance team why certain safety measures are essential helps them better understand and comply with the standards that are in place, which improves safety. One of the main reasons why workers don’t use PPE is because they believe that they don’t actually need it.
A few safety rules that will help to avoid workplace injury are listed below.
- Use the proper tool for the job.
- Always wear the proper PPE for the work task.
- Never work on live equipment.
- Make sure chemicals are properly labeled and stored.
- Communicate safety hazards to other personnel.
- Stop work when needed to address hazards.
- Always inspect equipment and tools.
- Always use fall protection when working at heights.
- Stay out of the blind spots of heavy equipment.
- Keep work areas clean.
- Stay alert to the conditions around you.
- Use tools and machines properly.
- Stay sober.
- Use correct posture to protect your back.