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Mechanical Integrity Procedures

OSHA’s 29 CFR 1910.119 Process Safety Management Standard and USEPA’s 40 CFR 68.71 Risk Management Plan Standard both require employer’s with covered processes to develop an appropriate mechanical integrity plan for all equipment and system components that contain the covered process chemical, plus those key support or utility systems and equipment which are considered critical to the safety and reliability of the covered process. 

As one of the most frequently cited elements of the PSM and RMP Standards, having a comprehensive Mechanical Integrity Program with written procedures combining the requirements from the manufacturer with the appropriate Recognized and Generally Accepted Good Engineering Practices (RAGAGEP) is foundational.  The program should also outline required Operator training based on the tasks the Operators are expected to perform.  As with any well implemented program, the documentation generated is key to having an organized and compliant program. 

When assessing your mechanical integrity program, does it meet manufacturer’s recommendations and combine the requirements of the appropriate RAGAGEP for your process?  Is your documentation appropriate and compliant?  HEI can help you develop custom procedures and work with you to ensure that the process can be effectively implemented. 

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