How Often Do I Need To Check Machinery

How Often Do I Need to Check Machinery?

In order to maintain the safety of machine operators, machinery must be checked regularly, but there can be some confusion as to how often. Our Health & Safety consultant Steve Matthewman fills in the blanks.

First off, the term ‘machinery’ can refer to a great number of devices, from lathes to forklifts to cars to photocopiers, ranging widely in size, complexity and the danger they pose to users. The frequency of checks is dependant on the risk assessments carried out for each individual piece of machinery. High-risk equipment will require checks more often than low-risk. For example, forklifts are required to be checked daily, whereas cars have an MOT only once each year, though both should still be checked before each use.

When using machinery, good practice is to perform a visual check each time you use it to make sure there are no obvious faults. If a fault is found, it should be reported and rectified upon discovery before the machinery is used again, though only major faults will need to be recorded. If in doubt, checks should be performed as per the manufacturer’s manual. In most cases, machinery will be regularly serviced by a supplier or manufacturer, during which time they will carry out and record an in-depth check of the machine.

Regardless of the type of machinery, there should always be a reporting structure in place for reporting faults so that the right people are notified as soon as possible and the machinery is fixed.

If your company operates machinery, call Jonny to book a Free Review of your Health & Safety processes on 0844 8797286.

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