a) THE TEST REPORT
- Milking machine test reports what should we look at and in what order?
- On the AMMTA Test Report Book – check the number of the test report or license number.
- Then scan the front sheet noting that everything has been reassembled correctly, e.g. covers on back pump belts etc. Look at issues identified on the last test, e.g. belt guards, pulsation. Note the date of the last audit, and the date of the next programmed test.
- Field Officers and Quality Assurance auditors should make point of asking if the issues identified have been fixed. Have you talked to the technician about those repairs?
- Field Officers need to be reminded they are not OH&S qualified to make workplace safety recommendations. Issues such as rubber bends are not recommended but if used must be secured with S/S hose clamps - stainless steel unions are recommended standard. We need to recommend guards when refitting a vacuum pump - technicians will remove a faulty vacuum pump for repair but in the interests of workplace safety will not refit it unless guards are fitted at that time.
- Safety considerations may include the need for warning signs for low lines/lines you can trip over and other identified hazards.
- A locked door to the pump room does not constitute a suitable guard to a vacuum pump.
- Note safety reports in the summary and recommendations of the test. Safety is all about everyone’s responsibilities under DUTY OF CARE.