Maintenance management and safety in the workplace

An unmaintained piece of equipment is a dangerous
one. Allowing staff to continue to operate such equipment is reckless and can
lead to serious consequences, not to mention prolonged downtime. In this
article we take a look at ways in which you can use MEX to sure up your safety
efforts within your operation and highlight modules of MEX suited to help you
enforce a safety first approach.

As well as keeping a sound record of your equipment’s
maintenance or lack thereof, a maintenance management system like MEX allows
for the early identification of operating issues. This allows you to identify
any trends that could lead to the unsafe operation your equipment, or put the
cap on any downtime that may occur due to overuse and under maintenance.

Having a consistent maintenance history can also
help to investigate any serious breakdowns. Safety in the workplace is paramount, and having a tool that can ensure the
highest levels of OH&S within the workplace are maintained will not only
lead to safe working environment but also a productive one.

MEX offers a number of options to aid our clients
in ensuring compliance with current state and federal OH&S
legislation. MEX CMMS, in conjunction with MEX Ops, provides a frame work
to identify, report and control any risks, hazards and unsafe conditions
arising during our customers operational and maintenance activities.

MEX Ops may be employed
as a means to report any unsafe or hazardous conditions identified within a
workplace or during the operation of the plant and equipment. This method is
successfully used by many of our customers. The use of MEX Ops ensures that
issues are reported in a timely and efficient manner to ensure that management
and staff meet the duty of care obligations required by the OH&S
legislation. Any reported issues may be addressed by raising Work
Orders where maintenance actions are required to rectify the hazardous or
unsafe conditions.

The use of MEX Inspections provides
functionality that can be used to establish audit or conditional monitoring
processes for the detection of unsafe conditions in a work place or to ensure
that plant and equipment is fit for purpose. Work Orders may be raised to
address any anomalies detected during the inspection process allowing them to
be dealt with accordingly.

Specific notes and safety requirements that must be
adhered to when maintenance activities are preformed can be included in the
safety notes field displayed on the details tab of a MEX Work Order. In
addition to the Safety Notes the Risk tab of the Work Order may
be utilised to assess and identify any risks associated with the maintenance
activity and the control measures required to eliminate or mitigate those
risks.

A new addition to MEX, the Permits tab of
a Work Order’s details also provides a Permit to Work functionality. These
Permits may then be associated to a Work Order that identify the work to be
undertaken, the precautions necessary to perform the work and permission to
commence the work.

The MEX iOS app support
electronic signature capture to aid the completion and sign off of Permits. The
Work Orders Status Control File can be utilised to indicate when permits are
completed and work is able to commence. MEX Preventative
Maintenance and Inspection
functionalities also include these same
functions.

Used correctly, MEX can help you make your
workplace safer, your equipment safe to operate and your staff free from harm.
Should anything happen, you are backed up with a comprehensive history of work
performed and safety procedures followed.

Take your OH&S efforts to the next level with
MEX and eliminate hits to the bottom line.

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