Like it or not, when safety hazards go unchecked in high-risk work environments and companies fail inspections, maintenance often takes the fall. Management will sometimes blame maintenance if an employee suffers an injury on the job because a technician failed to perform a safety review, and OSHA levied a fine against the company.
Why is Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) a friend to safety and maintenance managers? Because OSHA regulators want to know what safety programs you have in place. They want a trackable history of what’s been done on a piece of equipment; when it was done; who did it; and how often it has been inspected. So you need safety reports, preferably sorted by asset, repair technician, safety standard, etc. If an auditor questions an incident or exposes a safety risk, a maintenance report will prove that the task has been performed on schedule, over the past year, and the incident was a one-time occurrence, with prevention measures in place. CMMS provides these capabilities.
Beyond core functionality, an excellent CMMS should offer an integrated Occupational Safety & Health (OSH) solution for the linkage of safety programs, audits, incidents, emergency notes and inspection data with work orders, PMs, assets and equipment.
Unexpected accidents warrant their own records with photos, filled out OSHA 300 log forms, and other necessary documentation. Using CMMS with an integrated OSH solution, incident data is available for quick review with reports that show which safety tasks were completed over time and what’s been put in place to prevent the same injuries. This is the kind of documentation inspectors want to see.
Any decent CMMS product will give you the basic do-it-yourself tools to maintain your safety programs, but an advanced CMMS with OSH capabilities is like having a safety and health inspector tell you what to do before they make the call to your facility.
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