Control of Tools and Equipment
(a) All tools and equipment that are required to be controlled in terms of servicing or calibration by virtue of being necessary to measure specified dimensions and torque figures etc, should be clearly identified and listed in a control register including any personal tools and equipment that the organisation agrees can be used.
(b) The control of such tools and equipment requires that the organisation has a procedure to inspect/service and, where appropriate, calibrate such items on a regular basis and indicate to users that the item is within any inspection or service or calibration time-limit.
(c) A clear system of labelling all tooling, equipment and test equipment is therefore necessary giving information on when the next inspection or service or calibration is due and if the item is unserviceable for any other reason where it may not be obvious. A register should be maintained for all precision tooling and equipment together with a record of calibrations and standards used.
(d) Inspection, service or calibration on a regular basis should be in accordance with the equipment manufacturers’ instructions except where the organisation can show by historical calibration and/or servicing results that a different time period is appropriate in a particular case.