Vision on Safety
Buildings, machines and other structures that are not regularly maintained become unsafe for the people who work with them, and also for those around them. For
instance, if machinery is poorly maintained, or even not maintained at all, it presents risks to the people who work with it, and other employees are also put in danger.
Maintenance is essential for a healthy, but also for a safe working environment. What is more, good maintenance contributes to value creation in Dutch industry. Every day, safe, efficient and accessible buildings, installations, processes and infrastructure help to ensure that money is earned in the Netherlands. In most of the recently identified top nine industrial sectors, safe and efficient maintenance is a strong link in the value chain. In the European standard EN 13306, maintenance is defined as ‘(the) combination of all technical, administrative and managerial actions during the life cycle of an item intended to retain it in, or restore it to, a state in which it can perform the required function.' Alongside the fact that maintenance is crucial for a safe workplace, it is also important that the maintenance work itself is carried out safely, whether this concerns personal safety, constructive safety or safety in the outsourcing chain.
In Europe, a level has been reached in recent years where safety levels are only seeing limited improvements. To make the leap to improve safety levels still further, maintenance needs to
be given a higher priority in the design of systems. Experience also provides valuable knowledge. By learning from earlier incidents, new incidents can be avoided.
Let this Dutch Vision be an inspiration to you all!