Any tycoon will tell you that oil is pricey. But there’s a lot more to saving money than just how and where you buy it. At every stage of the journey your oil takes, good oil management can help your workshop save money – and the right equipment can help you make sure that every drop counts.
Here’s how managing your oil can make a difference to your business:
Looking after your costs
The first thing to think about in oil management is how you store and dispense it. Leaking oil is money down the drain – and that’s before we get into the potential safety and environmental concerns.
So if you’re looking to minimise your losses when using automotive oil, you’ll need a dedicated dispenser to help you deliver the oil to the right places and into the right vehicle systems.
Our own Mobile Oil Dispensers, for example, give you the flexibility and portability that every busy workshop needs – with a self-contained pressurised lubricant dispenser and built-in wheels to help you move oil around your workshop safely.
But beyond the mechanical delivery of the oil, there’s also the human element to think about. A poorly organised setup means more human error, and more waste – so lots of workshops use a dedicated system of labelled Hose Reels and Reel Stands to help cut down on confusion and avoidable mistakes.
Looking after your people
Money is important – but if you’re dealing with chemical substances, the safety of your workers is absolutely crucial.
When it comes to everyday vehicle oils like lubricants and grease, it can be easy to take them for granted. But there are two main dangers when it comes to vehicle oils – and your workshop needs to make sure it stays on top of both of them.
First, there’s the physical danger. Spilled oils on floors and tools aren’t just unpleasant for your workers – they’re a serious safety hazard that can cause trips and slips, or even the dangerous mishandling of tools and heavy machinery.
So the first big step towards a safer workplace is simple: keep it clean, and be proactive. And that’s exactly where having the right oil management comes into play – Mobile Oil Dispensers for safe transport and delivery, reliable Grease Pumps to move a lot of oil, and safe and efficient Fluid Drainers to make sure every drop of oil ends up exactly where it should be.
The second main danger is a little more complicated – and that’s the chemical danger of potentially hazardous substances.
Regardless of how ‘safe’ a particular type of oil might seem, there are all kinds of unpredictable reactions that can occur when oils are mixed with other substances – like antifreeze, petrol, or solvents.
The combination of these everyday workshop fluids could result in a potentially hazardous mixture – especially if you don’t have the right procedures in place for the disposal of different waste products.
Looking after the environment
We’ve all seen the environmental effects that mishandling oil can have on a large scale. But even on the level of an individual workshop, the right oil management can have a huge impact on how your business affects the environment – and how well you’re following the law!
In most cases, your environmental responsibilities come down to how you dispose of your oil. Aside from the obvious things to avoid (like dumping oil into drains or onto the ground), you may also have a legal requirement to use an approved provider who can dispose of your waste oil for you.
But like most things when it comes to looking after the environment, some of the best and most effective practices start with simply reducing your waste. With an efficient Oil Dispenser and an organised system of Hose Reels and Reel Stands, you can minimise the amount of oil your workshop needs to dispose of – and that in itself can make a huge difference to your environmental impact.
Looking for ways to be more efficient with oil?
The right oil management can make a world of difference – and we’ve got the specialised tools you need to help you stay on top of it.
So if you’re ready to make positive changes to the way you run your workshop – to protect your budget, your people, and the environment – check out the latest deals on our oil management tools in our new online shop.