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The importance of proper workplace maintenance goes far beyond reducing liability. A well-maintained office or facility will be a more effective one, and your workers will be far more inclined to excel at their jobs.

Responsibility To Employees

First and foremost, you need to consider the health and safety of everyone who works for you. Being an employer means abiding by a certain social contract, and caring about the well-being of your workers is a part of that contract. Maintenance problems have a direct effect on your employees and could seriously injure them.

The Law

Workplace (Health, Safety, and Welfare) Regulations 1992 are the central tenets of workplace maintenance. The regulations cover a great deal, but what they all boil down to is that you are required to keep your workplace and equipment in good working order. Determining that you are lacking in this realm could leave you open to swift and decisive legal action.

Reducing Costs

However, keeping your equipment in good shape is not only a preventative measure. In fact, keeping equipment up-to-date proactively instead of reactively leads to significantly lower costs. Preventative maintenance helps you avoid paying technicians overtime pay to fix a massive break somewhere in your production line.

Limiting Downtime

When you are reacting to problems rather than negating them before they even occur, downtime and idle employees can stack up and lead to days going by without anything getting done. This does not mean that there will never again be downtime, but it does allow for that downtime to be optimized and significantly reduced.

Preventative maintenance can look different in varying sectors. In a warehouse, it might involve a staff of mechanics trained to optimize forklifts and scissor lifts. In a laboratory, you could see technicians devoted to recalibrating machines.

While reducing liability is essential, the importance of proper workplace maintenance encompasses much more. Your employees and accountants will thank you if you keep this information in mind and create as secure of a work environment as possible.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.