Why is Conveying Equipment Limitations Important in Health and Safety Training?
Workers in pretty much every industry will use equipment to some extent in their job. Any piece of equipment or tools will have maximum tolerances and allowances which, if exceeded, can have severe health implications for both the operator and anybody else nearby.
The exact effect of pushing machinery beyond its limits will depend upon the item in question, but typical consequences which can pose a danger to health include:
- Starting of fires (Related Link: NEBOSH Fire Safety Qualification)
- Pieces flying off which can cause cuts and lacerations
- Electrical shocks
- Chemical burns if hazardous substances leak/escape
- Crashes if the equipment is a plane, helicopter, car or other vehicle
Because these situations can cause death or serious injury it is imperative that those who will be given the responsibility of using or operating machinery/equipment are provided with suitable health and safety training which includes not only instruction in how to safely operate it (and switch it off!), but are also made explicitly aware of its limitations and maximum operating levels, as pushing it beyond these can lead to one or more of the hazardous situations listed above.
Equipment and machinery should also be maintained and kept in good working order, and is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that this is the case and for employees to immediately notify employers if they discover a fault. If it is not maintained properly, these tolerance levels may be significantly reduced and may break at well under the level to which the operator has been told in the training session, and may even be different to just the last time they used it.