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feature | lubrication strategies

Lube
Safety

Comes
In Threes
A complete lubricationsafety program involves a
thorough analysis and proper
implementation of purchasing,
use, and disposal practices.

Ken Bannister
MEch Eng (UK), CMRP, MLE
Contributing Editor

PART OF ANY best-practice lubrication-management program
is the proactive minimization of any and all associated safety
risks surrounding the purchase, use, and disposal of lubricants.
This approach breaks lubrication management down into three
distinct stages that guide the development of an effective plan to
ensure safe lubrication practices within any plant environment.

PURCHASING
If you were asked how many different brands and formulations
of lubricants (oil, grease, paste, solvent, kerosene, gasoline)
are currently carried in open and unopened states within your
plant, would you be able to produce a list within minutes? If you
answered yes, are you then able to produce an up-to-date Safety
Data Sheet (SDS) for each lubrication product in the plant?
It is very likely that some of the lubricants and fluids found in
a plant are no longer in use but have never been managed and
disposed of properly. Lubricants are brought into an uncontrolled plant in many ways, most typically on the advice of the
machine-manufacturer's representative, a local oil blender's trial
recommendation, or an exuberant purchasing agent buying the
lowest-cost alternative. This type of pattern can lead to acquiring
lubricants that may be toxic, poisonous, corrosive, or even carcinogenic-all requiring special storage and handling techniques
and personal-protection equipment. Because we are able to purchase many similar lubricant products in any local hardware or
automotive store, we can be easily lulled into a sense
that all lubricants are safe to handle. This is not
always the case.
To mitigate risk associated with
unknown or suspect lubricants
and fluids, a lubricant/fluid-consolidation process is highly
recommended. The process requires that all lubricants and
substances be listed and their
uses documented (if known).
A lubrication supplier or
manufacturer can then be
A lubricant/fluid-consolidation
process replaces existing products
with lubricants that are safer to handle, use, and dispose, while drastically
reducing the amount of lubricant SKUs
tracked within a plant.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Efficient Plant May 2018

Editorial
Implementations
Six Steps That Cut Costs
Educating Work-REady Students
Revisiting Benefits Of A CMMS
Lube Safety Comes In Threes
SAP: What Does This SAP Error Mean?
Are Your Electrical Workers Qualified?
Is Your Site Susceptible To Cyber Threats?
Pinpoint Funny Motor-Ground Currents
Properly Select Pressure-Relief Valves
On The Floor
Solution Focus
Products
Index
Showcase
Seeking Reliability
Efficient Plant May 2018 - Cover1
Efficient Plant May 2018 - Cover2
Efficient Plant May 2018 - 1
Efficient Plant May 2018 - 2
Efficient Plant May 2018 - 3
Efficient Plant May 2018 - 4
Efficient Plant May 2018 - 5
Efficient Plant May 2018 - Editorial
Efficient Plant May 2018 - 7
Efficient Plant May 2018 - Implementations
Efficient Plant May 2018 - 9
Efficient Plant May 2018 - Six Steps That Cut Costs
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Efficient Plant May 2018 - 12
Efficient Plant May 2018 - 13
Efficient Plant May 2018 - 14
Efficient Plant May 2018 - 15
Efficient Plant May 2018 - Educating Work-REady Students
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Efficient Plant May 2018 - 21
Efficient Plant May 2018 - Revisiting Benefits Of A CMMS
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Efficient Plant May 2018 - 24
Efficient Plant May 2018 - 25
Efficient Plant May 2018 - Lube Safety Comes In Threes
Efficient Plant May 2018 - 27
Efficient Plant May 2018 - 28
Efficient Plant May 2018 - SAP: What Does This SAP Error Mean?
Efficient Plant May 2018 - Are Your Electrical Workers Qualified?
Efficient Plant May 2018 - Is Your Site Susceptible To Cyber Threats?
Efficient Plant May 2018 - Pinpoint Funny Motor-Ground Currents
Efficient Plant May 2018 - Properly Select Pressure-Relief Valves
Efficient Plant May 2018 - On The Floor
Efficient Plant May 2018 - 35
Efficient Plant May 2018 - Solution Focus
Efficient Plant May 2018 - 37
Efficient Plant May 2018 - 38
Efficient Plant May 2018 - 39
Efficient Plant May 2018 - Products
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Efficient Plant May 2018 - Index
Efficient Plant May 2018 - Showcase
Efficient Plant May 2018 - Seeking Reliability
Efficient Plant May 2018 - Cover3
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