The Standard section 126.96.36.199 measurement traceability is focussing on the needs for the organisation to utilise measuring and test equipment that can verify the results required to meet contractual standards.
In most cases this equipment will need to be independently tested by approved laboratories or similar.
It is wise for the organisation to segregate all monitoring and test equipment and to regularly inspect items for freedom from damage and ability to perform task.
An inventory should be maintained denoting the equipment type and specification and intended purpose. Its calibration status should be identified together with any approved certification.
Some organisations perform these calibration functions ‘in-house’. However, assurances of valid results that can be subject to contractual independent tests, may be needed.
The method of calibration and frequency should be determined, together with results found.
A clear history of the calibrated piece of equipment should be available for inspection. Storage of such items is paramount. This will include safeguarding devices from inadvertent damage.
Some organisations provide operatives with indicator only devices such as rulers and tapes. These are used where the output may not require calibration.
Calibration equipment should be stored to avoid damage by shock, vibration, excess heat, cold or tampering.
Equipment should be subject to periodic quality checks to verify the general status of items stored.
Software devices such as petrol pumps etc may require appropriate technical calibration from qualified external providers.
Where calibrated items fail to meet national standards etc the items should be withdrawn from general use.
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