Facility Startup Check List: How To Operate Your Business When Time Is Right

Facility Startup Check List: How To Operate Your Business When Time Is Right

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Many organizations are maintaining or re-starting operations at their facility. Here are some guidelines that can help you ensure employee safety and proper machine and process startup as you resume operations:

Pre-Employee Entry Checklist

Safety

  • General infrastructure check; lighting, restrooms, HVAC
  • Check that emergency lighting is working
  • Check that all paths and emergency exits are clear
  • Check that all mandated employee training is up to date
  • Check if any new chemicals (disinfection/sanitation) been introduced? If so update Hazcom program
  • Check for and dispose of any expired materials
  • Review all necessary startup procedure before turning any machinery on
  • Employee concerns addressed through additional PPE or other protective barriers

Network/Communication Systems

  • Check that facility network is workin
  • Check that timekeeping system is working
  • Check that ERP/CRM/inventory control systems are working
  • Adequate inventories available (PPE, raw materials, spare parts, etc)
  • Check wireless communications between workers, machines, networks are working

Machine/Process Startup Checklist

These are general guidelines. If you have machines specific procedures refer to those.

Hydraulic Systems

  • Check fluid levels
  • Check for puddles/leaks
  • Replace filters and fluids as necessary
  • Check tube/hose condition
  • Drain/clean reservoir
  • Follow recommended startup procedures, verify safety features are operational and monitor to unusual noises and vibrations
  • Check for leaks after startup

Electrical Cabinets

  • Replace cabinet air filters
  • Vacuum out dust/dirt buildup
  • Check for damaged components

Pneumatic Systems

  • Drain water from tanks/lines
  • Fill oilers
  • Check compressor fluid levels
  • Follow recommended startup procedures, verify safety features are operational and monitor to unusual noises and vibrations
  • Listen for air leaks after startup

Mechanical Systems

  • Check gearbox fluid levels
  • Check for stuck conveyor rollers
  • Grease motors/bearings/chains
  • Follow recommended startup procedures, verify safety features are operational and monitor to unusual noises and vibrations

Chillers/Cooling Systems

  • Check that airflow isn’t blocked
  • Check fluid levels
  • Replace necessary filters
  • Follow recommended startup procedures, verify safety features are operational and monitor to unusual noises and vibrations

Material Handling Systems

  • Complete all necessary checklists prior to use
  • Visually inspect all equipment without a formal pre-use checklist
  • Follow recommended startup procedures, verify safety features are operational and monitor to unusual noises and vibrations

Get the Illinois Manufacturer Return to Work and Recovery Guide for more detailed guidelines and suggestions to approach safely reopening your operations.

SOURCE: IMEC