Minimize Equipment Damage After COVID-19 Shutdown

Restarting a business after an idle period or shutdown requires planning and preparation to avoid equipment related issues and unexpected breakdown. Listed below are various considerations for restarting equipment and reopening a facility after shutdown.

Restarting Equipment After Business Shutdown Checklist

  • Travel restrictions may result in a lack of specialized/factory trained service technicians. Ensure that only qualified contractors or employees perform repairs and service.
  • Supply chain interruptions may affect the availability of materials and spare parts. Ensure that only OEM parts are used for repairs and planned replacements are not deferred.
  • Ensure that the installation of shielding for social distancing does not interfere with equipment or cause overheating due to interrupted air flow.
  • Train employees in enhanced cleaning procedures to avoid damage to electrical equipment.
  • Before a full resumption of operations, perform a Risk Assessment Inspection of the facility to locate any failure points.
  • Any scheduled maintenance items that were deferred should be completed prior to starting equipment.
  • If building HVAC was shutdown, have a qualified contractor inspect and service the equipment prior to initial startup. Inspect building systems and equipment for damage from excessive condensation.
  • Restarting boilers should be performed by a trained individual after a thorough inspection of the appliance.
  • Plan startup of electrical in stages to avoid surge damage. This is especially important where large loads are involved.
  • Idled mechanical equipment components such as bearings, shafts, seals, and valves may have become seized over time. Ensure all motive equipment has proper lubrication levels. Check lubricants for moisture.
  • If electrical equipment is relocated to comply with social distancing, have a qualified electrician provide permanently installed power. Do not use extension cords or other temporary wiring.
  • Enhanced spacing of desks and workstations may require movement of electrical equipment. Excessive use of extension cords not only present a fire hazard but can also result in equipment damage from low voltage and overheating.
  • Excessive use of equipment to accommodate “split sessions” can result in equipment damage from overheating. Provide additional equipment to minimize usage cycles.

Additional Resources

The National Restaurant Association

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