At Metro Rod Brighton & Gatwick we take our van audits very seriously to ensure everything is up to date and all our drainage and plumbing engineers have the correct essentials on their vehicles. Our Technical Support engineer manages the van audits and are done monthly.
The technical support engineer will just turn up on site without the engineers knowing. So, while the engineer is working on site the technical support engineer will check for things like is the vehicle parked safely, as well as checking if they have all the correct tools and that the van is clean and tidy. Also on site technical support will even check that the engineer on site has barriers up correctly where work is being carried out as health and safety is very important to us.
Meanwhile the technical support engineer will have a check list he will have to fill out for both drainage and plumbing engineers as they are both different because they contain different types of tools on the vehicles. The Check list contains sections with either a YES or No or a rating of 1 to 5, 1 being low and 5 being high. For example the Metro Plumb Check list sections are:
- Section 1 – Vehicle
Checking the overall state of the vehicle like checking if it’s clean and tidy external and internal. Also to check the vehicles exterior such as the lights, tyres and to see if there are any chips or cracks on the window screen
Section 2 – Electrical Equipment
To make sure that this equipment is all still in good working order.
- Section 3 – Site and Hand Tools, Safety Signs
This is to see the clear identification/segregation of clean and dirty tools and materials. Also a check list of all the adequate small tools that should be on vehicle and is it fit for purpose. Have to also check that the all safety signs are available on the vehicle such as MEN AT WORK, HOT WORKS IN PROGRESS, LIFTED FLOOR BORDERS AND BARRIERS as well as first aid kit, fire extinguisher that these are in date and lastly hand wash/hygiene facility on board.
- Section 4 – Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Check that the engineers all have the right uniform on board as well as ID, CSCS Card and drivers licence checked.
- Section 5 – Health & Safety Awareness
To see if the engineer has risk assessments/method statements available and that they understand the responsibilities and procedures regarding health and safety current regulations.
- Section 6 – Certification/Documentation
Engineer has engineer training certificates in confined spaces, asbestos awareness, CSCS and working at height. Hot works Permit, Ladder inspection certificate and waste transfer records.
- Section 7 – Client Communications
This is to make sure and see if the engineer is making further recommendations to the customers and has explained the guarantee.