Spot-Check Operator Maintenance Procedures and Verify Maintenance Is Done Within
Guidelines of Environmental Laws, Regulations, and Procedures.
Conducting Maintenance. When operators and other personnel are performing maintenance on equipment
and systems, they are required to conduct their activities in accordance with applicable environmental laws,
regulations, and procedures.
SOP and Environmental/Legal Considerations. The maintenance and operating SOP should contain
guidelines, procedures, and references to those laws, regulations, and procedures. These topics should cover:
Handling chemicals and solutions.
Handling and using equipment.
Maintenance, housekeeping, and inspection.
Quality Control and Safety. It is the responsibility of all personnel to follow correct maintenance procedures
according to the applicable environmental laws, regulations, and procedures. It is also necessary for supervisory
personnel to spot-check personnel activities to ensure compliance with these requirements. In addition,
laboratory maintenance SOP should be specific in addressing procedural steps to minimize safety risks to
Conduct Follow-Up Checks on Deferred Maintenance and Parts Orders to Verify that
DA Form 2407. Operators are required to complete DA Form 2407 for defective/faulty equipment. All
copies of DA Form 2407 are sent with the faulty equipment to the support activity. The receipt copy is
sent back to the owning organization where it is kept on file until the equipment is returned.
Status Checks and Follow-up. Support maintenance personnel are required to make annotations on the
same DA Form 2407. They enter information concerning initial inspections, discovered faults,
deficiencies, symptoms, parts ordered, the need for onsite or deferred maintenance, and final
inspections. Laboratory personnel may check with the support maintenance unit or inspect the DA Form
2407 to determine the current status of the requested maintenance.
Verify Personnel have Licenses to Operate Equipment, if Applicable, and Conduct
Training Programs to License Those Who Do Not.
Maintenance Training - External Considerations. The proper methodology for conducting general training
programs is found in FM 25-100 (Training the Force). Various external challenges have been identified that can
spell success or failure for a proper maintenance training program. Some external factors the commander
cannot influence are personnel turbulence, personnel shortages, key NCO inexperience, complexity of
equipment, and first-term operator inexperience.
Maintenance Training - Internal Considerations. Internal challenges can be influenced by commanders.
Their effects can be minimized to ease the effects of external challenges. Some internal factors include:
Garrison maintenance only.
Lack of operator maintenance.
A poor maintenance training plan or none at all.
Maintenance not system oriented.
First-line leaders not involved in maintenance operations.
First-line leaders with little or no maintenance training.
Little or no operator/crew maintenance training.
Personnel not having or using maintenance publications.
Improper use of assigned personnel.
Test, measurement, and diagnostic equipment (TMDE) not being used.
Poor quality control procedures.