What should I be sampling? Decide which machinery is critical for oil lab sampling

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In an ideal world all lubricated equipment on site should be sampled, however, this may sometimes feel a mammoth task when initially setting up the programme. To prioritise which equipment to sample first consider the following points:
• Are my employees or the public at risk if the equipment failed?
o This may also include systems where the fire-resistant fluid has a fire risk if the water content drops below a certain figure.
o This may be on critical applications such as hydraulics powering lifts or safety equipment.

• What is the cost to the business if this equipment were not to be available tomorrow or suddenly stop working?
o This may be through failure to deliver financial consequences such as in power stations, loss of production or increased labour costs due to a shutdown.
o Can the equipment be easily replaced in the event of the failure and if so what is the expense of replacement.

• Is the work environment one that is likely to cause risk to the equipment?
o e.g. high dust/dirt, excessive loading, high temperatures and high shock / vibration.

• Is the equipment newly installed or now out of its warranty period?
o Both of these times are when equipment is most likely to fail and so should be monitored closely.

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