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Managing Hazards when Abandoning Equipment

Graham Marshall - Monday, September 26, 2011
Organizations will frequently stop using specific process plant or equipment, whole production units or entire facilities for weeks, months, or even years at a time.

The reasons for stoppages and/or abandonment of plant and equipment are often due to planned-maintenance shut-downs, tough economic times, seasonal variation in product demand, or changes in the manufacturing process.

In all cases, it is vital that sufficient management of change (MOC) of hazard conditions is undertaken when temporarily shutting down or abandoning equipment or facilities for longer periods than usual.

Always do a management of change review when removing equipment from service, either temporarily or permanently, or when removing abandoned equipment.

Pieces of plant or equipment which is out of service should be isolated from other parts of the operating process, emptied of all hazardous substances, and de-energized.

Do not allow abandoned or disused plant and equipment to be left  to rust and deteriorate.   Ensure that the abandoned plant is removed from site and disposed of appropriately.


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