The purpose of this document is to provide guidelines to all departments and crown corporations for the development and implementation of the “Preventative Maintenance” element of their health and safety management system. This element includes the preventive maintenance of all equipment, tools and vehicles used at the workplace.
Preventive maintenance is the routine servicing of equipment, tools and vehicles, including periodic inspections to prevent the development of problems and provide for maximum economy of operation. It includes having necessary adjustments and repairs carried out according to a schedule. Preventive maintenance is essential to having equipment serviceable when it is needed.
All equipment, tools and vehicles used on the work site must be inspected and maintained in adherence to all applicable legislation and as per manufacturer’s instructions. In order to ensure that preventative maintenance does occur, an inventory of all equipment, tools and vehicles must be maintained and a maintenance schedule must be developed and followed. The schedule should include a brief description of the servicing and maintenance that did occur along with any corrective actions that were taken.
Supervisors will ensure that all preventative maintenance is carried out by qualified personnel according to established schedules and that records are maintained.
All employees will regularly check equipment, tools and vehicles that they work with and will take out of service any equipment or vehicles that pose a hazard due to a need for repair.