In part 3 of our “Creating A Safe Workplace” series, we discuss upkeep and when to replace everyday equipment. Equipment such as Signage, Fire Extinguishers, Fall Protection and PPE are all subject to regular maintenance. Regular maintenance is required to make sure you are safe on the job and staying up to date on OSHA standards.
Fire extinguishers in your facility require regular inspection and maintenance. Fire extinguishers should be visually inspected to make sure that the fire extinguisher shows no sign of damage or leaks and that all labels and tags are still legible. Yearly maintenance needs to be performed by a qualified technician to make sure your fire extinguishers are still compliant.
All signage must be compliant with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.145 standards and ANSI Z535 standards. Color codes and labels differ between Facility Signage and must include a safety symbol, message panel, safety alert symbol, and signal word. Signage must be legible and clearly visible.
Fall Protection requires inspection before each use. Make sure there is no, worn, torn or ripped webbing. Make sure D-Rings and Clips are still intact. Fall Protection is also required to be inspected by a Competent Person every 6 months. Please refer to the Miller Fall Protection checklist below, when self-inspecting your harness.
PPE and Hi-Vis should also be regularly inspected for rips and tears, and should be replaced when rips and tears occur. Your safety vest, and other Hi-Vis clothing should be seen from a minimum of 1000 feet. Most Manufacturers recommend hard hats to be replaced every 5 years and hard hat suspensions replaced every 1-2 years.
All of our Emergent Safety Specialists are trained in all current OSHA standards. If you have any questions on how to keep your jobsite safe, please contact your Emergent Safety Specialist, or contact Emergent Safety directly at 800-877-1390.