11 Faulty equipment
All equipment in the department, whether electrical or mechanical, can develop faults at any time. All faulty equipment is potentially dangerous and hazardous to life.
11:1 If faulty equipment is not removed from use and that fault reported then:
11:1:1 people may unknowingly be using faulty equipment and their lives may be put at risk;
11:1:2 it cannot be repaired;
11:1:3 a small inexpensive repair may become a large expensive repair.
11:1:4 By ignoring or by not reporting faulty equipment you are acting very irresponsibly and may well be contravening the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
11:2 Therefore, if you see faulty equipment in use, or if an item develops a fault while in use, then the following procedures must be carried out:
11:2:1 If it is safe to do so, isolate and make safe the faulty equipment.
11:2:2 Attach securely an "OUT OF ORDER" notice to the equipment.
11:2:3 For electrical equipment:
11:2:4 If an item of electrical equipment goes wrong report it to a technician, do not attempt to repair it.
11:2:5 Report the fault both verbally and in writing. The written memo should be put in the "faulty equipment" tray, which is in room 339. The verbal report should also be given to any senior member of the technical staff.
11:2:6 DO NOT IGNORE FAULTY EQUIPMENT - REPORT IT.
11:2:7 DO NOT ATTEMPT to repair faulty equipment yourself. Obtain expert advice.
11:2:8 All repaired equipment has to be checked as safe by the technical staff before re-use.
11:2:9 "Out of order" notices are available from the Chief Technician's office.