and The UTP Subsite present:
Step 2: Make a Damage Control Plan
Copyright © 1996,2006 by Steve Litt -- Legal
Before you do anything that could cause damage, determine appropriate precautions. Note that this
implies that this step could actually be step 2 (before reproducing
the symptom), step 3(after getting symptom description, if that action
doesn't jeopardize anything), or step 4 (after reproducing the
symptom, if doing so doesn't jeopardize anything).
In no case should corrective maintenance be done before determining the
proper precautions. The sooner a damage control plan is made, the
safer. Unless you have a good reason to do otherwise, make
this step 2.
The following are SOME examples. The list is no way comprehensive. YOU are responsible for
safety and damage control.
- Safety precautions prevent injury to people.
- Wear proper clothing.
- No long hair or jewelry with machinery.
- Eye and ear protection where there's a risk.
- Make sure you're not creating a fire or explosion hazard.
- Machine precautions prevent damage to the machine or system.
- Limit current if possible and short circuit damage a risk.
- Screen incoming materials to prevent damage where appropriate.
- Never short circuit fuses without limiting current another way.
- Take any precautions including diagrams to assure correct re-assembly.
- Back up programs and operating system.
- Data precautions prevent loss of valuable data.
- Back up all at-risk data, including configuration data.
- Product precautions prevent loss of product in the production line.
- Back up anything at risk in automated systems.
- Limit the number of parts entering a malfunctioning machine
- If practical, feed the malfunctioning machine scrap parts.