This is the 2nd in a 9 part Lubrication Practices Benchmarking Study produced by Mike Johnson, CMRP and Terrence O'Hanlon, CMRP,

In this second of 10 articles addressing lubrication program benchmarking we will take a look at the way lubricants are delivered, stored and handled in the plant. If you missed the previous issue you also missed the first step in grading the plant machine lubrication practice. You can find both the on-line survey and the article introducing the series and the first part of the lubrication program benchmark process at

Please use your best efforts to answer as accurately as possible.

If you are a service provider/contractor please answer for your largest client.

Yes answers score 1 point. We suggest you keep a running point total manually as additional information will be published with scoring keys and more detailed assessment methodologies.

You may take this survey anonymously or you may provide your contact details if you would like an advanced copy of the study report and action recommendations.
In-plant Receipt and Handling Practices (1 point for each yes)

* 1. Bulk lubricants are delivered to a storage vessel in a covered storage area?

* 2. The bulk storage vessel is tightly sealed, and in good condition?

* 3. The bulk storage vessel is clearly marked by product viscosity and type

* 4. The bulk storage vessel displays the date of packaging?

* 5. Packaged lubricants are delivered to a covered storage area?

* 6. Packaged lubricant labels (drums, kegs, etc…) show the date of packaging?

* 7. Upon receipt, packged lubricants are marked with the date of receipt?

* 8. Upon receipt, packged lubricants are marked with the internal plant lubricant coding system?