By Dee Jepsen
Regular equipment maintenance is an important part of good work practices. Without proper equipment, our work performance suffers. Equipment maintenance includes many activities, including inspections, replacements and adjustments. Learning how to apply these principles to our own lifestyle is also important for sustainability and improves our quality of life. For without a well-prepared body, we are not ready to face the workday.
This article addresses the health side of agricultural safety and health. A healthy workforce is an important aspect towards total workplace safety.
Two types of maintenance
The two types of equipment maintenance are routine maintenance and corrective maintenance. During routine maintenance activities we focus on preventing future problems. Several of these good practices include getting adequate sleep, eating a balanced diet, participating in the right type of exercise, and knowing a few stress control strategies.
Corrective maintenance is reacting to a faulty system, where things go wrong within the system or where parts need replaced.