More than a quarter of fatalities in manufacturing involve maintenance work and it is also responsible for many other serious injuries and ill health. As well as being the subject the EU Safe Maintenance campaign, HSE is focusing on maintenance as part of its inspection programme.
At the events, Health and Safety experts from EEF, HSE and the trade unions will help managers get to grips with key topics, including management of asbestos, isolating machinery and selecting contractors.
Steve Pointer, EEF’s Head of Health and Safety Policy said
“The fact that maintenance is not directly part of the manufacturing process means that it is all too easy to forget when thinking about health and safety. But everyone has to carry out maintenance in one form or another and it can present some serious risks. That is why we are working together to help manufacturers manage maintenance risks.”
Geoff Cox, Head of HSE’s Manufacturing Sector said
“HSE is very pleased to see EEF organising these events, and we will be actively supporting them. For many manufacturing businesses the potential risks around maintenance activities may be the greatest occupational health and safety risks your employees face. Taking half a day to get yourself up to speed on these issues, or to reassure yourself that you aren't overlooking anything significant, should be seen as a really valuable business investment.”
Attendance at the half day seminars costs just £25.
The five events are to be held at:
Tuesday 19th October Newport
Thursday 4th November Sheffield
Tuesday 9th November Warrington
Tuesday 23rd November Glasgow
Tuesday 30th November Leamington
For further information and booking visit www.eef.org.uk/Safemaintenance
or call 0845 293 9850
EEF is a strategic partner of the Health & Safety Executive and employs approximately 50 advisers across the UK. It delivers a range of Health & Safety training programmes which can be accessed via www.eef.org.uk/training
These range from one day health, safety and environmental awareness training sessions right through to an MSc, all of which can be delivered on site, nationally or internationally.