Operations and Maintenance July Newsletter

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Preventive maintenance is scheduled, routine maintenance that helps keep equipment running efficiently and reliably while minimizing unplanned downtime and costly repairs.

In practice, a preventive maintenance checklist may include things such as cleaning, lubrication, oil changes, adjustments, repairs, parts inspection and replacement, and partial or complete overhauls.

Preventive maintenance offers several important benefits, including:

  • Prolonged equipment life
  • More reliable equipment
  • Less unplanned downtime caused by equipment failure
  • Less unnecessary maintenance and fewer inspections
  • Fewer unexpected and costly repairs that must be fixed quickly
  • Advanced maintenance notification to Programs
  • Reduced injury risk

As part of our service to NCI at Frederick, preventive maintenance can be provided on a variety of program-owned equipment, including but not limited to: freezers, refrigerators, incubators, ice machines, and equipment calibration. Please contact the O&M Department for more information.On average, each year the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) department provides oversight on more than 13,000 preventive maintenance work orders, 22,000 installed assets, and 6,000 capital assets.

Safety Tips

In 2010, an estimated 16,800 U.S. non-confined or confined home structure fires caused by clothes dryers or washing machines (including combination washer/dryers) resulted in 51 civilian deaths, 380 civilian injuries, and $236 million in property damage. To reduce the risk or injury or property damage:

  • Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
  • Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.
  • Make sure you clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry, and remove lint that has collected around the drum.

Source: NFPA's "Home Fires Involving Clothes Dryers and Washing Machines" report.

Download NFPA safety tips on dryers.

Click the following link for additional in-depth information about FME: https://ncifrederick.cancer.gov/services/fme

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