A lot of people are unsure of how to work out the date of manufacture on a piece of their PPE or other equipment, and in turn are unaware of the date the product needs to be retired. Therefore we thought we would give you a few tips on how you would find this out with some of the main manufacturers such as Petzl and DMM.
Many of these companies e.g. Petzl will use a mixture of calendar and technical based information to make up their equipment serial numbers in order to help you identify the creation date. Essentially, this system comprises of YY/DDD with other company specific data for control/batch/serial number etc.
For example, if we take a serial number of 14125****** this would tell us that it was manufactured in 2014 on the 125th day of the year, this was 5th May. To see how DMM allow you to trace back some of their products through the unique serial number, click here.
If you have equipment with serial numbers set out in this format you can use this great weblink that will help you work out when they were manufactured and most importantly when they may need to be retired too. It is essential that any business using PPE knows when their piece of kit needs to be taken out of use for safety and legal reasons.
Papertrail’s easy record keeping software allows you to set the retire date of your piece of equipment as per the manufacturers guidance, whether this be 10 years or 5 years. Once this has been in putted, you will get reminders leading up to this date so you don’t have to panic and go searching for this information elsewhere.
If you’d like to find out more about Papertrail and how it can help your organisation, take a look at our 80 second video or drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you!