What is a Pre Start Checklist? (UPDATED APRIL 2021)
BY MATTHEW PEARSON - TECH WRITER AND FLEET MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS EXPERT
LAST UPDATED 18 APRIL 2021
Pre start checklists are lists of activities required before using equipment. They help you manage complex industrial assets such as trucks, or other equipment. The pre start checklist helps the operator ensure the equipment is fit for use. Operators record that they have completed the check, and record any issues found.
Benefits of Pre Start Checklists
- Ensures operators share in accountability of their equipment
- Helps ensure safety of the equipment and the operator prior to operation
- Fix problems quickly and more cost-effectively if they are known early
- Comply with Chain of Responsibility requirements
- Limit liability in the case of an accident
- Helps extend the life of the equipment
Paper-Based Pre Start Checklists
Many organizations still use traditional paper based pre start checklists. A sample of a paper Pre Start Checklist can be found here. The advantages of this type of pre start checklist are –
- Operators are familiar with them
- They are simple, cheap and easy to use
- They provide a clear audit trail and are fit for purpose
The disadvantages –
- Possibility of losing the checklist results
- Not so easy to customize pre start checklists for different equipment
- Operator must remember to do it
- No barcoding of assets increases the chance of errors
- Slower to use
- Cannot capture pictures of defective parts
- Cannot automatically record GPS location and time of inspections to ensure they are done as required
- People tend to take paper-based data less seriously as it’s almost never checked
Electronic Pre Start Checklists
Advantages of Electronic Pre Start Checklists
- Easier to customize pre start checklists for different equipment
- Phone application can remind operator when to do the checks
- Results can be submitted in real time to ensure follow up work orders are arranged promptly
- No possibility of losing the results – in fact they can be acted on immediately
- Barcoding of assets minimises the chance of errors
- Electronic checklists are faster to use
- Can capture all types of information including pictures of defective parts
- Record GPS location and time of inspections to ensure they are done as required
- ISO 55000 compliance
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