Regular Maintenance and the Environment
Performing regular maintenance on machinery and equipment is not only essential in terms of the health and safety of workers and members of the public, but can also greatly assist with the preservation of the environment and the reduction of direct or indirect pollution levels.
Not only can performing maintenance help to identify potential hazards and imminent dangers from failing machinery, but it can also keep machinery performing as efficiently as possible for longer than it would if it was just left. For example small tyres on a moving part may need to be inflated on a regular basis in order to maintain correct inflation levels. If tyres are underinflated, more power will be required in order to move the machine, with this power often being provided by the burning of fossil fuels somewhere along the energy creation process line. As well as preventing accidents and injuries, maintenance can also have a financial benefit for the owner and operator as a machine which is running more efficiently will have lower running costs associated with its use, not to mention well-maintained machines breaking down less than ones which are not serviced often and wearing parts replaced. Unexpected breakdowns can cause financial nightmares for managers as the loss of output can disrupt revenue and cash flow if goods cannot be manufactured and sold, not to mention the manager having to scramble around and somehow find the money needed to repair the machine safely but as quickly as possible in order to get production restarted.
Certain types of machines can seriously damage the environment if they are not correctly maintained, such as giving out toxic fumes which exceed specified limits. Whilst they may work fine, the harm to the environment is not acceptable and is probably a violation of legislative regulations, not to mention being a likely danger to the health and safety of everyone nearby as they breathe in the harmful fumes.
Interested in Environmental Training?
At the BCF Group we provide a number of environmental courses in addition to our extensive range of health and safety training courses. Our most popular environmental course, the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate, is run both in-house at your premises and on our open courses schedule at a selection of our training venues in the UK. For more information on the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate and to see scheduled course dates please click here.