8 Sep 2014

Why Good to Go Safety is the Safe Equipment Management System for you.

Good to Go Safety provides a range of products designed to increase workplace safety and reduce the risk of accidents.

PUWER stipulates that equipment provided for use at work is:
• Suitable and safe for use.
• Maintained in a safe condition and inspected to ensure this remains the case.
• Used by people who have received adequate information, instruction and training.

As a result, employers must ensure that:
• Measures are in place to minimise risks.
• Only fully trained personnel are allowed to use equipment where there is a specific risk.
• Work equipment provided is suitable, maintained and used without risks.

With so many equipment types, additional regulations specify further requirements in terms of ensuring equipment safety.

These additional duties can be found in:
• Health and Safety at Work etc. Act, 1974 (HSWA)
• Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
• Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)
• Work at Height Regulations 2005 (WAHR)
• Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations 1992
• Construction (Design & Management Regulations 2007 (CDM)
• Road Vehicles (Construction & Use) Regulations 1986

Aside from your legal responsibilities, Good to Go Safety™ also offers a wide range of benefits:
• Ensure employees know when equipment is good to go
• Forms an essential maintenance and management tool
• Clearly display findings to provide an up-to-date equipment status at point of use
• Reduce the chance of accidents occurring in the workplace
• Flexible to meet your needs – allows you to specify the frequency of your equipment checks
• Carbon copy of each completed checklist provides a permanent record of findings
• Helps identify potential equipment faults early, before they develop into a costly accident
• Helps to reduce maintenance costs by identifying faults early with routine inspections
• Quarantine faulty equipment with a clearly visible ‘Do Not Use’ message
• Easy to implement and gain employee buy-in due to its simplicity
• Reinforce your company’s dedication to employee and workplace safety
• Prevents lost man hours and equipment downtime
• Improves employee confidence/morale as it empowers them to carry out essential checks, whilst training them with safe working practices

Good to Go Safety has been designed to allow competent inspectors to carry out regular checks and clearly communicate the findings to all employees. It removes the assumption that equipment is safe for use ‘because it was used without incident yesterday’ by promoting pre-use checks. It helps you to meet your legal responsibility under the aforementioned regulations: Failure to carry out their duty of care could lead to criminal prosecutions against employers under the Corporate Manslaughter Act 2008 if an employee dies in a work-related accident.

To avoid devastating accidents, read more about the Good to Go Safety systems by clicking here or you can Download the Good to Go Brochure

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