1. INT RO DUCT IO N
This guide is intended to assist facility maintenance organizations in the review of
existing methods and in the development of new methods for evaluating maintenance
facilities, equipment, and tools. Properly established maintenance facilities (1) support
As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) goals, (2) enhance user accessibility, and
(3) encourage selection and use of the proper item for a safe, effective, first effort. It is
expected that each DOE facility may use approaches or methods different from those
defined in this guide. The specific guidelines that follow reflect generally accepted
industry practices. Therefore, deviation from any particular guideline would not, in
itself, indicate a problem. If substantive differences exist between the intent of this
guideline and actual practice, management should evaluate current practice to determine
the need to include/exclude proposed features. A change in maintenance practice would
be appropriate if a performance weakness were determined to exist. The development,
documentation, and implementation of other features that further enhance these
guidelines for specific applications are encouraged.
Additional information pertinent to the implementation of this guideline may be
found in the following DOE Guidelines: DOE-STD-1069-93, "Guideline to Good
Practices for Maintenance Tools and Equipment Control at DOE Nuclear Facilities" and
DOE-STD-1072-93, "Guideline to Good Practices for Facility Condition Inspections at
DOE Nuclear Facilities."
Appendix (Sample Lesson Plan) is provided for use by facility trainers who provide
training regarding this element of DOE Order 4330.4A, "Maintenance Management
1.2 B ackground
The information in this guide was developed from commercial and DOE sources.
Each facility should select any details applicable, add any additional knowledge or
experience that is applicable, and then develop and implement facility-specific methods
for establishing maintenance facilities, equipment, and tools. Facilities which use existing
documented methods should review this guide to identify any details which may enhance
their existing process.