Why a Formalized PMP?
A preventive maintenance and inspection program should recognize wear of consumable components, which must be periodically replaced or serviced. It should take into account indicators of deterioration that can be monitored at the operator inspection level. The operator should be trained in troubleshooting. Special attention must be paid to the condition of components, which cannot be easily observed by the operator. Maintenance supervisors and mechanics should inspect those components where problems can occur but are not easily discernible.
Why the Operator Should Conduct Inspections?
To ensure that vehicles are in safe operating condition while being driven or operated, the operator should check the whole vehicle carefully, preoperation and postoperation. These inspections reports are an important component of a PMP. If something seems to be wrong with the vehicle, equipment, or machinery, stop and check it out. Do not continue with the operation until the operator is satisfied that it is safe to do so.
The operator should be the one held ultimately responsible to make sure that the vehicle, equipment, or machinery is in a safe operating condition. Appropriate inspection procedures and reports assist in ensuring this. The operator is also in a position to detect deficiencies and refer them to maintenance for repairs. The operator should not operate a faulty vehicle, equipment, or machinery. Federal and state laws require that the operator should not drive a vehicle unless fully satisfied that it is in a safe operating condition.