British Cycling Wind Tunnel Daily Operational Safety Checks

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  • British Cycling Wind Tunnel at the Manchester Institute of Health and Performance, 299 Alan Turing Way, Openshaw, Manchester M11 3BS

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Daily Safety Inspections

1.0 - Previous inspection

  • 1.1 - Has the last inspection been reviewed?

  • 1.2 - Are there any outstanding actions?

2.0 Fire Escapes

  • 2.1 - On entrance to the site is the entrance lobby clear of obstructions?

  • 2.2 - Is the main door into the facility controlled with an access card?

  • 2.3 - Once in the main lift lobby is the area clear of obstructions?

  • 2.4 - Is the workshop doorway clear of obstructions?

  • 2.5 - Is the workshop clear of any obstructions?

  • 2.6 - Are the stairs clear of any obstructions?

  • 2.7 - Are the landings of the stairs clear of obstructions?

  • 2.8 - Is the 1st floor lift lobby and refuge area clear of obstructions?

  • 2.9 - Is the 1st floor office doorway clear of obstruction?

  • 2.10 - Is the wind tunnel access corridor clear of obstruction?

  • 2.11 - Are the prep room exit routes clear of obstructions?

  • 2.12 - Is the prep room fire escape staircase clear of obstruction?

  • 2.13 - Is the control room fire escape clear of obstruction?

  • 2.14 - Is the control room fire escape staircase clear of obstruction?

  • 2.15 - Is the final fire exit double door clear of obstruction?

  • 2.16 - Is the wind tunnel hall clear of any obstructions for the fire escape routes?

3.0 - Fan Guard

  • Inspect from the Airline outlet area - this is the area inside the test room and where the air jet is exhausted too after leaving the position of the cyclist and dynamometer deck.

  • 3.1 - Is the fan guard secure and are all fasteners in position and tight?

  • 3.2 - Is there any visible looseness of the guard?

  • 3.3 - Is the nose cone secure and all fasteners in position and tight?

4.0 - Balance Enclosure Door

  • The balance enclosure houses the main electro/mechanical equipment of the dynamometer, and sits underneath the test room with only the dynamometer deck visible in the test room floor.

  • 4.1 - Is the balance enclosure door locked?

  • Is there a person (s) working in the enclosure room?

  • Is the person(s) working in the balance enclosure permitted to do so under a current permit to work (PtW)?

5.0 - Flow Screens Inspection

  • Inspect the flow screen meshes from the host building floor looking into the front open end of the wind tunnel and at the constriction. The operator should pay attention to the following:

  • 5.1 - Can you see loose or dislodged panels or trims pieces?

  • 5.2 - Are you witnessing any blockages?

  • 5.3 - Are you witnessing any rips or tears in the mesh screens?

  • 5.4 - Are you witnessing loss of tension in the mesh screen?

6.0 - Airline Inspection.

  • Inspect from walking around the outside of the wind tunnel on the host building floor and on the airline inlet area (In front of cyclist) and the airline outlet area (Behind cyclist). The operator should pay attention to the following defects:

  • 6.1 - Can you witness non flush panels, edge on, inside of the airline?

  • 6.2 - Can you witness holes or gaps between the wooden panels?

  • 6.3 - Can you witness deformed or cracked panels?

  • 6.4 - Can you witness screw heads protruding to the inside of the airline?

  • 6.5 - Is there any loose items or debris inside the airline?

  • Any loose items or debris should be picked up by hand, swept or vacuumed. The operator should identify the source of this debris before continuing operation as it may be the cause or result of damage to the wind tunnel itself.

7.0 - Test Section Structure and fittings

  • Inspect from the inside of the test section. The operator should pay attention to the following defects:

  • 7.1 - Are there any visible cracks in the walls of the test section?

  • 7.2 - Is there any loose plasterwork?

  • 7.3 - Looking at the main test section window frames, check that seals are positively seated?

  • 7.4 - Inspecting the main test section window panes, are they free from cracks?

8.0 - Velocity probe and pressure tappings

  • Inspect from inside the airline inlet. (In front area of the cyclist). The operator should pay attention for the following defects.

  • 8.1 - Do you observe blocked tapping holes?

  • 8.2 - Do you observe a loose pitot tube?

  • It is acceptable to clear pressure tappings using a needle or sharp instrument. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove debris.

9.0 - Cameras and mounts

  • Inspect from inside the airline inlet, test section and airline outlet. Use the HMI to check the camera view is not obstructed. The operator should pay attention to the following defects:

  • 9.1 - Dislodged or out of position camera mounts?

  • 9.2 - Visible missing pieces or fasteners?

  • 9.3 - Significant amounts of dust on the camera lenses?

  • It is acceptable to clean the camera lenses with a lens cloth. Be careful to avoid changing the camera position.

10.0 - Balance rollers

  • Inspect the movement of the rollers. (Beware of finger trap hazard, preferably move with foot). The operator should pay attention to the following defects:

  • 10.1 - Does roller turn freely as it should?

  • 10.2 - Do both rollers should turn together in unison?

  • 10.3 - Do rollers operate quietly with no grinding or vibration?

  • Should debris be found on or around rollers, use a vacuum to clear. Do not use a mop as water may affect the electrics. ****IMPORTANT NOTE: Rollers must not contact balance bed or closing panels. Contact will cause incorrect load measurement.

11.0 - Balance stanchions

  • Inspect stanchions to ensure stanchions are not cracked or bent. When locked in position, stanchions should be free from movement . The operator should pay attention for the following defects:

  • 11.1 - Movement in stanchions and axle connection when sporting equipment is locked in position?

  • 11.2 - Cracks in stanchion components?

  • 11.3 - Significant wear? (wear which prevents the system from being adjusted for different bikes or results in movement remaining after the system is locked)

12.0 - Host Building

  • The host building should be completely clear. There should be no objects inside the host building other than fire extinguishers. The operator should pay attention to the following:

  • 12.1 - Any objects, debris or sheet around the inlet area? (Such objects could be ingested into the wind tunnel or block the flow screens increasing the stress on the wind tunnel structure).

  • 12.2 - Any object or debris around the fan outlet? (Such objects may have been ejected from the wind tunnel and offer an indication that something has failed or been damaged.

13.0 - Signage

  • 13.0 - The operator should check that all signage is still present on the wind tunnel?

14.0 - Sirens and Lights

  • Lights and sirens within the test section should be checked daily by pressing the white test button located on the operators desk.

  • 14.1 - Are all lights operational in the test area?

  • 14.2 - Are all sirens operational in the test area?

Sign Off

  • Operators Signature

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