Have you taken adequate measures to prevent incidents involving hoses? Ask yourself these 7 questions

If hoses and couplings are being used in your company, a leak could occur at any time. That might seem like a minor incident, but it could have serious consequences, such as if substances are released that are flammable, hot, extremely cold, toxic or very expensive. In addition to the safety of your staff, you will also face stoppages, loss of production and expenses for specialist cleaning. Then there’s damage to reputation if the incident is big enough for the press to pick up on. But it’s easy to check whether you’ve taken adequate measures.

7 important questions

To prevent incidents from happening, a large part of the solution is down to you. You can check whether you have taken adequate measures using these 7 questions:

  1. Are you able to identify all hoses within the company individually?
  2. Do your staff know what hose should be used for what purpose?
  3. Are hoses in the company regularly given a visual inspection for damage or abnormalities?
  4. Do you have your hoses tested and certified for pressure from time to time (for example, annually)?
  5. Are those staff qualified to conduct these inspections and potential pressure tests?
  6. Do you record all of this in a safe place, preferably in a secure database?
  7. Imagine that something still goes wrong. Are you able to prove that you’ve done everything you can to prevent an incident from happening?

If you have answered ‘no’ to one or more of these questions, there is still work to be done.

Costs of training, equipment and software

With a proper hose management strategy, you will be able to answer ‘yes’ to all of the above questions. But will you take care of all of the hose management yourself, or will you bring in a qualified partner to do it for you? Or will you obtain APK certification for a vehicle yourself, or have a qualified garage do it for you?

After all, setting up procedures and a hose management system yourself demands a great deal from your organisation in terms of both time and resources. You will need to invest in:

  • training and additional training of staff;
  • recording of procedures and work descriptions;
  • means of testing;
  • means of recording;
  • a software package in which to perform hose management.

Then there is always the possibility that your staff won’t be available on a day when necessary inspections should have taken place.

Outsourcing hose management

You may also decide to outsource your hose management, such as to a partner who has qualified staff and is even able to supply a full service, so therefore doesn’t just inspect your hoses (on location), but also identifies, tests, certifies and potentially replaces them, and stores your hose data in a safe environment in a transparent manner.

Digital hose management with a smartphone or tablet

No more worries

It is also good to join forces with a partner who will give you an answer to questions about uses, standardisations, legislation and regulations. But equally as important is a partner who observes any agreements he’s made with you. In the end, you won’t need to worry about the management of your hoses anymore. In the unlikely event that an incident occurs, you will be able to prove right away that your hose management is completely watertight.

Interested?

Want to find out about the digitisation of hose management? Check the Flamingo app.

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