Everyone is tempted when they find the same or similar product for a cheaper cost. But when you choose the cheaper option, what are you really bargaining with? While it seems like you’ll come out on top by saving money, in the long run you can easily lose company morale and find yourself buried under bills because you chose the cheaper option. Here’s why choosing quality equipment should be the only choice.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is commonly known as the last line of defence. If it doesn’t work properly the wearer is directly exposed to the risk when other control measures fail. Everything from gloves and mats to high vis clothing and hard hats falls under PPE. As the last line of defence, it’s incredibly important for PPE to effectively protect the user, and quality equipment is going to make a huge difference. Consider the impact of ineffective PPE in an accident where your employee is injured. Following this, the company will lose productivity and budget whilst helping the employee to recover.
With prices ranging from $50 to $5000 and more, you may be tempted to skip out on a quality meter due to the expense. But, no matter what kind of test and measurement instrument you need, a quality instrument will make a huge difference. Good instruments can last up to 20 years or more, which means the cost per use will be minimal over time. High-quality brands also focus heavily on the accuracy of instruments, safety, and input protection so that your instruments will always give a clear reading.
Height Safety & Lifting Equipment
Any equipment where lives are at stake requires a 100% commitment to safety. With lifting and height safety equipment, you’re looking for a few key traits like:
- Resistance to abrasion, moisture, UV radiation & chemicals
When comparing materials for your equipment you should always consider what you’ll be losing out on by opting for low-quality equipment. For example, if you choose a material which is strong but lacks flexibility, in the event of an accident where pressure is applied, your equipment is likely to break rather than bend. Cheaper lifting and height safety equipment puts workers directly at risk of falls or injury from falling items, so choosing quality equipment will make a huge difference.
Direct vs. Indirect Cost
Expensive equipment is a big investment upfront, but a smaller one down the line. The direct cost of the equipment will be offset by the increased efficiency and longer lifespan due to the quality. While cheaper equipment may seem like the better option, the indirect costs over time can add up and the lifecycle cost is higher. Indirect costs might include replacement items, legal costs, injury recovery time for employees, and training new employees.
How to Maintain Quality Equipment
Even the highest quality equipment needs to be checked and maintained. At Mobile Test ‘n’ Cal we provide onsite inspections, calibrations, and HV testing for a wide range of industries. If you have equipment that’s reaching the end of its lifespan, we can also help to reinvigorate it with repairs. Have questions about our services? Simply contact our team in Australia on 1300 662 119 or in New Zealand on 0800 123 682.