Manufactures and Suppliers are also responsible for health and safety, this covers plant and materials that will be used on site.
Generally They are responsible for:
1. Providing evidence that plant and systems have been tested and verified to be safe, and that any tools/plant supplied have inspection tickets and calibration certificates where required.
2. Ensuring plant and systems meet legislative requirements and Standards.
3. Providing information and documentation on the safe operation of plant and systems, and that where possible schematic instructions are included where language issues on site may arise.
4. Providing adequate material safety data sheets for substances supplied.
5. Ensuring substances have adequate labelling.
6. Ensuring the handling procedures of substances have been tested and verified to be safe.
Sample checklist of manufacturers’ duties
The following questions should be answered in relation to plant and systems:-
Is there evidence that testing has been carried out to verify the safety of plant and systems?
Is there evidence that plant and systems have undergone hazard identification?
Is there evidence that the appropriate hazard controls have been added to plant and systems?
Do plant and systems comply with legislation, regulations, standards and codes of practice?
Is there information and documentation provided on the operation of plant and systems, such as operation manuals, maintenance manuals including preventive maintenance requirements, and a critical parts list?
The following questions should be answered in relation to substances:-
Are adequate material safety data sheets provided with substances?
Are substances adequately labelled?
Is there evidence that substances and their prescribed handling methods have been tested by the manufacturer to ensure the health and safety of users?