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Safety Has an Expiration Date

The Carbis Team | Fall Prevention & Protection, Corporate and OSHA Compliance, safety | Mar 21, 2019 3:12:58 PM

Staying Current Keeps Workers Safer

Remember that favorite pair of blue jeans? Like those jeans, that fit great 20 years ago, replacing aging safety equipment with the same model is likely not the best solution for ensuring a safer work environment.Updating Safety with CarbisCustomers often come to us when it’s time to replace outdated equipment and ask to purchase the exact same thing. The trouble is, a lot has changed in the years since the original equipment was purchased. OSHA standards have changed dramatically—from requirements that no gaps larger than 19” are allowed, to the regular inspection and maintenance of walking-working surfaces, and training of workers on fall and equipment hazards. 

Does Your Fall Protection Equipment Fit Your Environment?

In addition to regular maintenance and training, for fall protection equipment to be effective, it must “fit” in the current work environment. Changing traffic or loading patterns, newer equipment, or employees unfamiliar with operating procedures can all amplify the inefficiencies of aging equipment and create unsafe situations.

It’s also important to consider that what works at one location might not work at another. A company with multiple facilities likely has to solve safety challenges specific to a location, so an in-depth understanding of each facility’s unique needs is required.Maintain Your Worn Work Equipment

A few things to keep in mind when considering new equipment purchases:

  • Do you have a fall prevention safety plan in place that is updated regularly?
  • Are safety hazards prioritized and addressed in a systematic manner?
  • Are purchasing decisions made based upon the plan, changing requirements, and safety regulations?
  • Are employees at all levels properly trained?
  • Are procedures and equipment regularly reviewed, inspected, and maintained?

Carbis Can Help

Carbis’ extensive experience enables us to readily assess your safety needs and recommend the most effective solution. We look at the big picture to ensure all of the moving parts are going to work well together. While it may seem like a safe bet to simply replace safety equipment that worked great two decades ago, it makes sense to look at it in the larger context of a comprehensive fall prevention program.

Carbis takes the time to hear exactly what challenges you are facing so we can work with our design team to create the right solutions for you. Check out this video of a plant manager who reveals how Carbis helped make his truck stop safer. It all started for him with our Safety Assessment.

Does your organization have a “safety culture?” This means focusing on overall workplace safety, and not just from a compliance mindset. Carbis partners with you as your solutions providerfrom budgetary idea through design implementation, and beyond. We'd love to discuss the safety solutions that are right for you and your employees. Schedule your Safety Assessment today!    

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