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5 steps for an accident-free factory shutdown

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As factory shutdowns are an infrequent occurrence it’s often a time when accident rates will shoot up. Employees and contractors are performing non-routine tasks often with a skeleton staff in place that can lead to poor safety behaviour or simple lapses in attention or judgement.

Making sure you’ve taken the right steps before you start the shutdown preparations and training (either through the courses EEF offers across the UK or tailored training at your site) can help you minimise risks and avoid accidents.

5 Steps to Safe Shutdown



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Step 1 – Create a Shutdown Plan

One of the most common causes of accidents during shutdown is the ever-changing nature of the project.

Drawing up a Plan can ensure that those involved know what to do & when. It can also help to complete projects within the required timescales.

a ½ day on-site visit where we assess what’s required & advise you on how to produce a Shutdown Plan


Managing and Delivering Projects

Safety in Project Management

Understanding CDM 2015

Step 2 – Appoint Responsible People

If your shutdown involves maintenance and the upkeep of fixed plant or structures, you have a legal requirement under CDM to appoint a competent Project Manager. Even if it doesn’t it is critical to have competent people appointed to control the project.


Your EEF consultant will work alongside your responsible person & your supervision team to ensure the project is delivered safely.

NEBOSH National General Certificate

NEBOSH National General Certificate in Construction

Step 3 – Develop & Implement Safety Procedures

During a shutdown employees and contractors will be performing non-routine tasks, often with a skeleton staff in place. This can lead to poor safety behaviour or simple lapses in attention or judgement & ultimately an increase in accidents.

EEF will carry out a full review of your procedures and provide support where required.

Assistance with writing shutdown procedures.

Assessment of contractor’s Risk Assessments, Method Statement, Permit to Work arrangements and contractors’ approval documents.

Managing Contractors

Risk Assessment

Permit to Work


Step 4 – Monitor the Project

Even with the best procedures in place, the project still needs to be monitored and reviewed on a regular basis.

EEF will conduct regular audits of the project and provide written feedback to the company.

Health & Safety Auditing


Step 5 - Review

As with any project, it is important to review how things went & identify what can be improved next time.

EEF will facilitate an end of project review aimed at identifying key lessons that can lead to improvement on future projects



If you need help and assistance with your shutdown plan call 0808 168 5874.


Health, Safety and Sustainability Delivery Lead

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