The Importance of Quality Equipment

February 12, 2015

Quality control and safety are a number one concern in the construction industry, defects or failures can be very costly to both businesses financially but also to people as they can result in personal injuries or fatalities. Therefore whatever the job may be, big or small; you must always ensure that the equipment and materials used is to the highest quality standard, preventing the likelihood of accidents and costly delays.

Better quality products not only provide a higher safety level for both you and others around you but they can also enhance the quality of the finished project. One of the biggest mistakes in DIY or homebuilding is buying low quality equipment, to try and save money, however these products generally require frequent and annoying repairs, meaning that you end up spending far more that you would if you would have bought the higher quality equipment.

Testing the quality of materials is very important; the objective is to provide an assurance of the reliability of the materials, therefore you must always inspect the equipment that you are planning to use prior to the start of the project, if you find that the equipment is damaged, split or looks to be rotten you must not use this piece of equipment as it could cause serious danger to you or others around you.

For equipment that lasts longer, does the job properly and has safety as a number one priority you must ensure to buy equipment of a high quality! Here at DSL-Direct we can provide you with equipment of the highest quality standards, view our full range of products here https://www.actavodirect.com/

Minimising work disruption in snow

Our Health and Safety manager Chris Pendrey discusses methods to reduce the work disruption of bad weather in the workplace.

“In 2018, The Construction Products Association claimed the construction industry had faced “huge losses” in the wake of extended poor weather and businesses would struggle to make up for the delays suffered. As we enter the new year bad weather is set to take its toll on planning and productivity once again. But there are things that you can do to help minimise disruption to your projects.”

Read the full articles here.

 

Health and safety apprenticeships in the workplace

Chris Pendrey discusses introducing a health and safety apprenticeship in the work place on TrainingJournal.com.

“With UK businesses losing an estimated £4.8bn per year in lost productivity due to workplace injuries, employing a dedicated health and safety specialist is a wise investment. Last year, the Institute for Apprenticeships launched a new health and safety course, aimed at teaching the essentials for preventing workplace incidents.”

Read the full article here.

Increasing Health and Safety awareness in the work place

Our very own Chris Pendrey discusses Health and Safety awareness in the workplace and how to increase employee awareness in your organisation in a new article in Employee Benefits magazine.

“According to the Health and Safety Executive’s Health and safety statistics, published in November 2017, UK organisations lost over 31 million working days to workplace injuries alone in 2016-2017. The benefits, therefore, of defining an adherable health and safety plan are clear; greater productivity, reduced absenteeism and potentially lower costs for injury compensation.”

Read the full article here.

How to Store and Care For Your Harness and Lanyard

Far too often, workers take off their harness & lanyard at the end of a shift or when taking a break and throw them in the back of a work van, locker. When leaving height safety equipment at the workface they are exposed to the elements: rain, heat, freezing temperatures, and direct sunlight. All of this can potentially result in serious damage. To properly care for your equipment, it is important to store and transport your harness and lanyard in a clean, cool, dry place free from direct sunlight. Remember the primary purpose of a harness and lanyard is to arrest a fall so why would anyone not respect it and look after it!?

Storage

The harness and Lanyard should be hung, so it doesn’t get crushed, bent, damp and dirty or torn by other objects in the storage area. Sharp objects and tools can damage the fibres of the webbing and harmful substances such as acids, alkalis, fuel, paints and solvents can cause harm to the polyester and nylon fibres. Any wetness of the equipment should be allowed to dry naturally away from direct heat.

Ensure that your storage area is not in direct sunlight or exposed to a heat source. The heat and UV rays can compromise the materials that make up your harness and lanyard. This also applies to other PPE, such as hardhats, as well. Extensive exposure to ultraviolet light can cause degradation of the fibres and could fail when they are needed most.

Store them somewhere where nobody else can get them. Somebody may pick them up and use them when you are not around and who knows what damage they may cause. At the very least, they’ll readjust your harness to fit them and, if you’re not diligent, you may end up putting on an improperly adjusted harness on your next shift. You can practically guarantee that somebody borrowing a harness and lanyard off the ground isn’t going to clean it before returning it – if they return it.

Cleaning

Your equipment should be cleaned on a regular basis. This helps to ensure that there is no substance on the harness and lanyard that could degrade the materials. It also ensures that you can properly see all parts of the equipment so you can do a thorough inspection.

You need to be careful when cleaning the equipment. Soaking the harness or lanyard, for instance, can cause potential damage to the fibres as they relax and re-tighten.

    • Using bleach, chlorine or abrasives can also cause damage. To properly clean your equipment, follow these steps: Use a damp sponge (warm water only) to wipe away any residue on your straps and buckles.
    • Then, use soap and water to work up lather on the straps. The soap should be nothing more than dish soap or laundry detergent. Do not use anything containing chlorine, bleach, or abrasives.
    • Rinse the lather from the straps using a sponge with clean water. Remember, you are not SOAKING the harness or lanyard. That can cause damage. Finally, wipe the equipment and hang it to dry naturally away from direct heat. If you don’t hang it, you could be left with creases or other structural problems.

Remember: Follow the Golden Rules to protect yourself and others.