Introduction to Engineering Maintenance Safety Practices
Planned maintenance is a scheduled activity carried out by a competent engineer to ensure that an item of plant, machinery or equipment is operating correctly and that it is in a fully serviceable condition. Planned maintenance is completed to maintain operability and therefore avoid any unscheduled breakdown or downtime. Maintenance activities are also completed to find and fix faults affecting the operation of plant, machinery or equipment. Maintenance practices must be planned and undertaken safely, considering appropriate legislation and the impact on the environment.
In this unit, you will gain an understanding of your own and others’ responsibilities for safety when planning a maintenance activity. You will learn how to identify typical hazards and risks associated with maintenance and discover how to set up a safe working area with appropriate provision for emergencies. You will explore typical maintenance activities, gaining an appreciation of how to handle materials and equipment safely during maintenance operations. Finally, you will consider the environmental legislation that has an impact on engineering maintenance, and you will understand how to mitigate potential environmental issues during operational engineering maintenance.
On completion of this unit a learner should:
- Understand the safety requirements of maintenance operations
- Know how to plan a maintenance job in a workplace
- Know how to prepare for maintenance operations
- Understand environmental considerations when undertaking maintenance operations