Human factors briefing note no. 4 – Maintenance

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  • Published: July 2011
  • REF/ISBN: 9780852936085-4
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Status: New

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A task entailing the routine testing/checking, servicing or breakdown repair of plant or equipment. Failures in maintenance tasks can lead to injury to the fitter or to others, or to equipment malfunctions/system unavailability and to major accidents.

Why maintenance?

Maintenance work in major hazard industries could involve isolating process streams of dangerous substances, then stripping down and rebuilding a system - perhaps removing or disabling safety systems to do this - or, the task could be as simple as changing a fuse in a plug. Irrespective of the work undertaken, maintenance is a human activity and its quality depends upon the performance of the people who undertake it.

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