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

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.

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 Preventive Maintenance Coordinator at 301-846-1553 for more information.


According to the National Center for Healthy Housing, 45% of U.S. homes have at least one health or safety hazard. Click on the graphic to the left for a checklist that was developed for the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) as a tool for healthy home maintenance.




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

Contact the Help Desk
E-mail: fmetrbldsk@nih.gov
Phone: 301-846-1068