Creating a Factory Maintenance Checklist
If you own a factory or manufacturing facility, you may be tempted to focus on making and selling your goods; don’t forget that the building itself needs to be maintained so that your equipment and employees can work in optimal conditions.
In addition to routine electrical inspections, make sure that if your business relies on pipes to convey liquids, air or gases that these too are inspected regularly by performing a burst pressure test. Performing these tests regularly ensure that your equipment is running smoothly and avoids expensive repairs down the line. Additionally, don’t neglect to check on your plumbing and septic as nothing will send employees home faster than bathrooms that don’t work!
Check It Out
While it’s natural to focus your maintenance routine on the inner workings of the factory-like machinery, hoses, pipes and electricity, make it a habit to routinely walk the exterior of the building and check the roof. Look for missing siding or roof tiles, cracked windows, slow drainage, missing pavers or other issues that could create health and safety hazards for visitors or employees.
Last but not least, don’t forget to include safety in your maintenance checks. Make sure that daily safety rules and practices are being followed such as pathways being clearly marked and elimination of tripping hazards and slippery surfaces. First aid kits and fire extinguishers should be clearly visible, doors locked or unlocked as appropriate and emergency plans must be up to date. Ensure that the safety programs you instituted on day one are still in place so that your employees can focus on the task at hand.
Keep your company’s property in good repair and avoid high upkeep costs by making regular maintenance checks part of your routine to avoid costly fixes that could hurt your employees and your bottom line. Follow the advice above to make sure your preventive maintenance