Tools & Equipment: Hand & Power Tools: Tools & equipment fundamentals
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Cleaning tools & equipment

Summary
The objective of this procedure is to show you how to keep work areas and equipment clean and operational. At the end of each working day clean the tools and equipment you used and check them for any damage. If you note any damage, tag the tool as faulty and organize a repair or replacement.

Part 1. Preparation and safety

Objective

Personal safety

Whenever you perform a task in the workshop you must use personal protective clothing and equipment that is appropriate for the task and which conforms to your local safety regulations and policies. Among other items, this may include:

If you are not certain what is appropriate or required, ask your supervisor.

Safety check

Points to note

Dirty workshop


Part 2: Step-by-step instruction

  1. Clean hand tools
    Keep your hand tools in good, clean condition with two sets of rags. One rag should be lint-free to clean or handle precision instruments or components.
    The other should be oily to prevent rust and corrosion.
  2. Clean floor jacks
    Wipe off any oil or grease on the floor jack and check for fluid leaks. If you find any, top up the hydraulic fluid.
    Occasionally, apply a few drops of lubricating oil to the wheels and a few drops to the posts of the safety stands.
  3. Clean electrical power tools
    Keep power tools clean by brushing off any dust and wiping off excess oil or grease with a clean rag.
    Inspect any electrical cables for dirt, oil or grease, and for any chafing or exposed wires.
    With drills, inspect the chuck and lubricate it occasionally with machine oil.
  4. Clean air powered tools
    Apply a few drops of oil into the inlet of your air tools every day. Although these tools have no motor, they do need regular lubrication of the internal parts to prevent wear.
  5. Clean hoists and heavy machinery
    Locate the checklist or maintenance record for each hoist or other major piece of equipment before carrying out cleaning activities.
    You should clean operating mechanisms and attachments of excess oil or grease.