How Facility Preventative Maintenance Can Protect Your Employees

Planning and executing maintenance can seem like nothing but a nuisance. Not only do you have to regularly send in equipment and machines for tune-ups, but you have to find a time that is least likely to bother everyone else. Wouldn't it be easier to just skip it altogether?

While that might be the case, facility preventative maintenance does more than keep your assets running, it also ensures the safety of your employees.

Regular maintenance schedules makes your facility more reliable. When your equipment is less likely to break down, your facility is safer for everyone involved. Unmaintained machinery can break down without warning, and depending on the equipment involved, can be incredibly dangerous. If your tools break or a machine starts up on its own, accidents are likely to occur.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created to protect workers from potential dangers at work. OSHA insists employers provide a safe workplace and comply with safety standards. Along with requiring the use of safety equipment, OSHA cites regular maintenance of equipment as a responsibility that falls on the employer.

Most facilities do everything they can to prevent accidents from happening on the job. Along with being costly, workplace accidents can result in bad reputation and a black mark on your company's reputation. Facility accidents can lead to any number of injuries, many of which can lead to your employee being unable to work. Depending on the type of accident, and how it occurred workers compensation may be required. It's also possible for your employee to pursue legal action, which can get ugly in several ways. Along with regular legal concerns, Your employee could get the press involved and paint you out to be a terrible company.

Luckily, most of this can be prevented by adopting a facility preventative maintenance plan. There are several steps needed to figure out the best maintenance plan for your facility.
  1. Take stock of your maintenance needs

Different equipment calls for different upkeep. If you aren't sure what sorts of care your specific setup needs, reach out to the manufacturer. Find out what sorts of problems your machines are susceptible to develop and ways you can prevent that from happening.
  1. Create a maintenance schedule

Its possible for you to send in equipment for repairs without disrupting your company's flow of work. Take some time to study your facility's work flow over time. Company data can help you identify slower times of day that little or no work is likely to happen during. Use these times to inspect your machinery, send tools off for repair, or request a qualified professional to inspect your equipment.
  1. Invest in a maintenance tracking software

If you have more than a handful of machines that need regular maintenance, tracking their upkeep needs manually will be frustrating and time consuming. Maintaining tracking software will help you keep records of known issues with your equipment, previous repair records, and history of use. All of these factors will influence how often you need to schedule maintenance for each device, and can be easily tracked with the right program.

Asset Panda is designed to help you make the most out of your facility preventative maintenance program. With our cloud based database, all of your employees can access important equipment records and relevant maintenance schedules. They can know ahead of time if a scheduled repair will affect their ability to work, and what other equipment they can use in the meantime.

Most importantly, Asset Panda will help you create a schedule to maintain your facility and protect the well-being of all of your employees.

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Bree Brouwer

Bree has held plenty of media- and marketing-related jobs over the years now, like working as a PR and marketing assistant to a Hollywood screenwriting coach, and writing content for three different digital marketing agencies.

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