Contamination Control: Clean Fluids
Previously, we talked about the four parts of a good contamination control program – clean fluids, clean components, clean facilities, and clean shop repair processes. Today, we want to share some best practices for clean fluids.
- Keep oil barrels indoors where they won’t get rusty or dirty and protect them with a cover so rain and dust cannot enter the drum when the cap is removed.
- Always wipe off fluid container lids (jugs, cans, etc.) with a clean shop towel before opening.
- Filter all fluids before they go into your machines, as the oils may have picked up contaminants during transport.
- Never pre-fill lube oil or fuel system filters, which can introduce potentially dirty fluid directly into the system because it misses the final filtering process.