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Maintenance FAQs: Your Legal Requirements

Among other processes, metal finishing is an effective way to give metal appliances and equipment properties that will improve their performance, and enhance their aesthetics and longevity at the same time. The procedure may involve anodizing, plating, painting, or application of chemical films on electrical and gas appliances. With this in mind, here are some of the questions you should reflect on to ensure compliance with the regulations that pertain to maintenance of such systems.

How Often Should I Get My Gas Appliances Serviced?
According to the 1998 Gas Safety Act, employers are required to get their gas equipment checked annually in order to ascertain safe running. To ensure compliance with this regulation, it’s best to contract professionals such as us who will not only take charge of the task, but also keep up with the annual inspections so you never have to worry about organising it yourself, or missing it altogether.

What Should I Do To Adhere To The COSHH Regulations?
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) are put in place to protect workers who are likely to get exposed to hazardous substances while dealing with different equipment at the place of work. The Regulations demand that any hazardous substance should be identified and its risk levels assessed to promote employee safety. Such harmful materials may include liquids, gases, fumes, chemicals, and dust that may be used and produced during manufacturing processes. Note however, these rules cover not just lethal substances, but even minor irritants such as cleaning products. Other than that, the regulations call for inspection of extract systems once every 14 months.

When Should I Get My Electrical Equipment Tested?
Electrical equipment need to be inspected on regular basis to avoid the possibility of danger arising in between the tests. The testing should be done by an experienced individual and if the equipment is being used in harsh conditions, it should be checked even more often to limit its chances of becoming unsafe. Whenever many faults are found during such assessments, then it shouldn’t take too long for repeat tests to be carried out. In connection with this, any installation and maintenance should be done by an expert. The 1989 Memorandum of Guidance on the Electricity at Work Regulations gives direction on how electrical work should be completed to promote safe design, installation and maintenance. Observing the IEE wiring regulations enables compliance with the pertinent sections of the 1989 regulation as well.

Maintenance of metal equipment is essential if you aim to maximise on their usage. However, this task should be performed with a strict adherence to the relevant laws. If you want to work with a professional who will deliver reliable and lawful metal finishing services at an affordable rate, get in touch with us today.