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What is Preventive Maintenance?

What is Preventive Maintenance?

Preventive maintenance is a critical component of any maintenance strategy. It is a key factor in lowering maintenance costs, reducing equipment downtime, improving asset lifespan and efficiency, and increasing workplace safety. Having a clearly defined, well-thought-out maintenance plan is a crucial first step in long-term success.

Preventive maintenance is critical to any business looking to reduce maintenance costs and the number of reactive maintenance issues. But … what exactly is preventive maintenance?

Preventive maintenance involves taking the necessary precautions and actions to prevent accidents or equipment failures from occurring before they happen. Some examples of this would be: performing regular business and equipment inspections, cleaning and lubricating essential equipment, and tidying your business’s grounds are all examples of preventive maintenance.

The goal of preventive maintenance is to proactively prevent equipment failure and reduce the risk of accidents and downtime. Taking certain precautions to ensure minimal risk to your business ensures you and your staff can focus on organizational goals, instead of having to repair what is broken.

Any type of maintenance that is not reactive (i.e. a response to a problem, malfunctioning equipment, technology, etc.) is preventive, and there are many different types of preventive maintenance that pertain to different areas of a business, or specific timing.

In short, as a business owner or manager, you face a certain amount of risk when it comes to customer and employee safety, equipment operations and safety, and property upkeep, among other areas. Implementation of regular preventive maintenance measures can ensure your business is protected from substantial risks and accidents, keeping your business goals and safety goals intact.

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