Much of the equipment used in the workplace has regular maintenance requirements, or needs repair at some time, for example:
- to replace consumables or broken parts
- to deal with malfunctions
- to arrange for external servicing or repair.
Some problems are fairly simple and can often be solved immediately by the operator. Look for an instruction manual or troubleshooting tips for solving basic problems.
You also need to be aware of any procedures that relate to these tasks, for example, recording consumables used so that these can be re-ordered.
If problems are more complex, advise your supervisor or the person responsible for equipment repair of the problem. Consider:
- Is there a designated person responsible for maintaining equipment?
- Is a specialist technician required?
- Will your actions affect the warranty or pose a danger to you or others?
Some problems should be left to the experts. Never try to open the casing of any machinery or electronic equipment, disassemble any equipment components, or interfere with any part of the power supply.