Maintaining for safety

Posted on 26 Aug 2011 by The Manufacturer

A series of new seminars have been launched to promote awareness of best practice in maintenance for health and safety.

EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, and the TUC have teamed up to deliver the series of events which will educate and update manufacturers on the good maintenance practices for health and safety.

The events have been launched in the shadow of high-profile corporate manslaughter cases in the sector this year and a rising trend in personal culpability for company directors in cases where health and safety has been breached.

The series of EEF-TUC events also form part of the organisations’ commitments to the European Safe Maintenance Campaign and build the success of similar events last year.

Health and safety experts from EEF and trade unions will lead the seminars which are designed to help managers get to grips with key topics, including identifying safety-critical equipment, scheduling planned preventive maintenance and the duty to manage asbestos in buildings.

Thanks to sponsorship by the European Agency for Occupational Safety and Health, attendance at the half day seminars costs just £25.

The events will be held at several different location across the UK. Details are as follows:

Thursday September 15 – Leamington Spa
Friday September 21 – Sheffield
Tuesday September 27 – Hook, Hampshire
Thursday September 29 – Warrington

Steve Pointer, EEF’s head of health and safety policy said “It takes a great deal of effort to identify and put in place effective controls to manage health and safety risks. But if they are not effectively and proactively maintained all of that effort can come to nothing, putting workers at risk of harm and employers at risk of legal action. That is why we are working together to help businesses implement effective maintenance for safety-critical equipment.”

More information and registration details are available here