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and Building Manager that you are going to make an inspection and advise that person you will
check back with them before you leave. Leave your itinerary and approximate time schedule
with the Public Works point of contact and Building Manager. Investigate for possible problem
areas before beginning your inspection. This can be done by reviewing service records and
interviewing equipment users.
1.4.2 Inspection Criteria
Remember, the inspection you are making is not only a safety inspection, but is also an
inspection to determine the condition of the equipment and identify areas that need improvement.
Proper maintenance is needed to keep the equipment operating. When preventative maintenance
is lacking, shut downs will occur. The specific referenced code or standard addresses the safety
aspect of the inspection. These should be reviewed and the suggested procedures followed.
When these procedures are not available, suggested procedures will be included in this manual.
The maintenance and performance considerations will be addressed in the following text. These
have been prepared from manufacturer's recommendations.
1.4.3 Maintenance Criteria
Maintenance is broken down into four general areas: 1) housekeeping, 2) lubrication,
3) renewal or repair of worn or defective components, 4) adjustments. These areas sometimes
overlap, but are sufficiently independent to allow separate evaluation.
1.4.3.1 Housekeeping. Housekeeping requires the largest segment of the total time spent
maintaining the vertical transportation equipment. While at first glance this may appear to be an
excessive amount of time simply cleaning, it is in fact time well spent. The environment in
which the equipment operates will be the determining factor as to the actual number of hours
required to maintaining proper housekeeping. Areas with dusty environment will require more
cleaning time than those operating in a clean area. By keeping the equipment and surrounding
area clean, the fire hazard (especially in hoistways) is greatly reduced. Potential troubles and
worn components are often detected during routine cleaning operations. Dirt is a major cause of
equipment malfunctions; a speck of dust between relay contacts can result in a shut down.
Finally, clean equipment facilitates routine inspection and maintenance.
1.4.3.2 Lubrication. Lubrication is extremely important even though it requires a small percent
of the total time spent maintaining equipment. As with any mechanical equipment, proper
lubrication minimizes wear, assures proper operation, and lengthens trouble free life of
components. The lubrication program should follow the equipment manufacturer's
recommended lubrication requirements for frequency and type of materials to be used.
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