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Proper Storage

Adapted from content excerpted from Better Work, a partnership of IFC and the International Labour Organization

To ensure that tools and equipment remain in good condition and last for a long time, store them properly. Properly stored tools and equipment will be easy to find when needed and are less likely to be lost.


✓ Tools and parts are kept in good condition and are easy to find.

✓ Costs are reduced.

✓ Productivity is increased because time is not lost looking for tools, parts and equipment.

✓ Workshop staff develop a sense of responsibility and pride in their work.

Good practices for mechanical room

• Parts should be properly stored and labeled.

• Tools should be properly labeled and placed on the board. Consider drawing the shapes of the tools on the board so that they always get put back in the same position.

• Use bins for storing small parts.

• Avoid storing things on the floor to increase space.

• Consider making an individual (or individuals) responsible for the good maintenance of tools and parts.

• Make sure that mechanics have the tools they need to accomplish their work, and make sure they understand the organization system.


• Workshop staff identify tools, parts and equipment.

• Workshop staff develop a system for labeling and storing tools, parts and equipment.

• Maintain order in the mechanical room by establishing a criteria for performance review.

Costs: Low

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