An initial review and approval process verifies that the information contained in an operator aid
is accurate and useful. This process officially authorizes its use. Periodic reviews will help
ensure that the information is kept up-to-date and will verify the continued usefulness of the
operator aid. It is important to remove obsolete, conflicting, or non-useful operator aids as
quickly as possible to eliminate personnel confusion when performing tasks.
Documentation of operator aids is essential to their control. Maintaining a centrally located file
of all operator aids will enhance the periodic review process. This file will help personnel
quickly review and take action to correct, update, or remove obsolete operator aids as necessary.
Listing reference documents used in the development process facilitates finding and updating
operator aids when reference information changes.
Placing an operator aid in a conspicuous place that will allow the user to access controls or
instrumentation is essential to posting. If the operator aid blocks instruments or controls, it will
be more of a hinderance than a help. Affixing operator aids to the desired location using an
attachment device suitable to the posting surface and the environment will ensure that the
operator aid remains posted. An operator aid will be of little use if it comes loose and falls from
its desired location.
The operator is one of the most important elements in ensuring the success of the operator aid
program. Using only approved and current operator aids will help ensure the operator aid
promotes safe and efficient operation. Operators must identify and report unapproved or
incorrect operator aids at their work stations. This will ensure that the operator aids remain a
useful tool in conducting business safely at their facility.