Preparing for a Manufacturing Audit: What You Need to Know

Whether you work in fiberglass manufacturing or dry cleaning, produce commercial boilers or distribute gasoline, all of the equipment you use will need to run smoothly. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has created a series of standards for various industries and the technology they use to ensure that any and all of the equipment is in compliance.

To check compliance, a MACT (Maximum Achievable Control Technology) audit is necessary. Typically, these audits ensure that the equipment is performing well and none of it is producing more than the allotted amount of toxic emissions into the air. Think of this audit as being similar to an emissions inspection on your car before you can complete your car’s registration.

While there are slight differences in audit preparation, depending on your industry and your equipment, many of the things you need to do to prepare will look the same.

Keep Your Records

It’s good for you to track every detail about your various equipment. This includes purchase dates, warranties, replacements, maintenance schedules, prior maintenance, and malfunctions. In particular, keep track of any time your equipment has malfunctioned and the steps you took following.

What needed to be replaced? Did it cause a delay in your workflow? Did the equipment need to be re-inspected to meet industry standards again? Keep all of this information in an organized place so that there will be minimal issues and holdups during your audit.

Stay Up to Date on Equipment Maintenance

Needless to say, if you want to pass your inspection, you need to have all of your equipment running smoothly. This will require regular maintenance. Use your records to keep track and follow a system for performing maintenance work.

Do Preliminary Inspections

Before your main audit inspection, it is a good idea to do your own preliminary inspection. Go through the checklist for your audit and make sure that you have everything in order. It’s best to do this with enough time before your audit that you can repair or replace anything that isn’t up to par.

Clean Your Machines

If you really want your machines to run smoothly, they need to be regularly cleaned. Grime and oil can easily cause damage that can make your equipment run inefficiently. Whether you hire out someone to do it or find someone internally, make sure this job is getting done on a scheduled, regular basis.

Passing your MACT audit will be crucial for your company to continue operating at full force. Make sure you take the time you need to prepare and get all of your equipment in order.