Workplace maintenance safety campaign launched

Three leading industry bodies have joined together to raise awareness of the relationship between maintenance of equipment and safer workplaces.

The European Safe Maintenance Campaign is being run by manufacturers’ body the EEF, the Health and Safety Executive and the TUC, with events during October and November 2010 around the UK to provide advice and help to employers.

The campaign has estimated that more than a quarter of fatalities in manufacturing involve maintenance work.

Steve Pointer, EEF’s head of health and safety policy, said: “The fact that maintenance is not directly part of the manufacturing process means it is all too easy to forget when thinking about health and safety. But everyone has to carry out maintenance in one form or another and it can present some serious risks.”

Attendance at the half-day seminars costs £25.

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