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                        Does your machinery safety system need a health check?

                        Does your machinery safety system need a health check?

                        If you have a single piece of plant or a whole fleet of machinery, you need to implement a machinery safety system.

                        A machinery safety system is designed to protect people and reduce risk by proactively identifying hazards and establishing preventative measures. As with all things mechanical, it is important to give your machinery safety system a health check to ensure everything is in top working order. So let's run through what a watertight machinery safety system should involve, and how yours compares.


                        What is a machinery safety system?

                        A machinery safety system is a combination of measures that are put in place to ensure your plant or fleet of machinery is as safe as possible. A machinery safety system should include:

                        • Machinery pre-start checks

                        • Service scheduling and record keeping

                        • Information management and sharing

                        • Periodic plant inspection and risk assessments

                        By including all of these elements in your machinery safety system, you can have confidence, not only that your equipment is as safe as possible, but also that it will be well maintained and in top operating condition.


                        Why does my machinery safety system need a health check?

                        In many cases, we often think things are running well, but without regular review, it is highly likely that standards have dropped off.  Regular review also gives rise to identifying improvements that can be made. 

                        An analysis of your current machinery safety systems will allow you to identify gaps that may be present in your current processes and system and make necessary improvements, reducing the risk of injury or fatality to your workers, and also identifying opportunities to increase reliability and availability of your machinery. 

                        As technology improves, new ways of checking the health of your machinery safety system may have been developed. By conducting a health check regularly, you can reevaluate the effectiveness of your machinery systems in accordance with leading practice.


                        How can I check my machinery safety system's health?

                        Good news; Plant Assessor has a machinery safety system health check you can complete right now! The free Machinery Safety System Health Check can be completed on your computer, phone or tablet simply by answering a series of questions. It will take you around 10 minutes to complete the questionnaire on all four areas of your machinery safety system and you will then be provided with feedback on your responses. If you choose, Plant Assessor can send you a personalised report outlining some ways to improve your machinery safety system and you’ll receive support from our team of machinery safety experts.

                        If you would like further information about how Plant Assessor can help you to improve your machinery safety and compliance, contact our helpful team on 1300 728 852 or at


                        Disclaimer: This information is intended to provide general information on the subject matter. This is not intended as legal or expert advice for your specific situation. You should seek professional advice before acting or relying on the content of this information.

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