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August 25, 2016 By John Reynolds at Intertek

Sometimes with our busyness with the “Daily Grind”, we can forget about our most important mission – prevention of a big event caused by an unanticipated fixed equipment mechanical integrity (FEMI) failure. Those big events are the ones that get a lot of media attention, cost many tens of millions of dollars, cause big losses of production & capacity, and worst of all, may result in fatalities.

Maximum OSHA Fines for Safety Violations Increase by 78%
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August 25, 2016 By Nickole C. Winnett at Jackson Lewis P.C.

The first increases to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines for violations of safety regulations since 1990 went into effect on August 1, 2016. The increases are substantial: the maximum penalties have increased by 78 percent.

Why RBI? 6 Reasons to Start Your RBI Program Today
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July 15, 2016 By Greg Alvarado at Inspectioneering Journal

Anyone who knows me knows that Risk Based Inspection (RBI) and Risk Management are true passions of mine. I have dedicated much of my career to studying them, understanding their intricacies, and witnessing the benefits of their successful implementation. This article briefly discusses the history of RBI and provides a short, yet persuasive justification for investing in establishing an effective RBI program.

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May 16, 2016 By Valerie Magyari at The Equity Engineering Group, Inc.

When was the last time you reviewed your Risk-Based Inspection (RBI) methodology? Are you using calculation procedures for probability of failure, consequence of failure, and risk that haven’t had their basis reviewed in years?

The New Acronym You Need to Know: FPI
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May 6, 2016 By Nick Schmoyer at Inspectioneering

We recently invited asset integrity professionals to rate various mechanical integrity performance characteristics in their facilities. Here are the results.

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January 4, 2016 By John Reynolds at Intertek

This article provides a summary of the Subcommittee on Inspection (SCI) discussions that occurred at the Fall 2015 API Refining Standards Meeting, including the Inspection Summit Planning Committee and the API ICP Task Group.

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January 4, 2016 By Jeremiah Wooten at Inspectioneering, LLC.

We at Inspectioneering would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our subscribers, followers, clients, and industry partners for a great 2015, and wish every member of the Inspectioneering community a happy and healthy 2016!

Do You Know Your Facility's Pressure Vessel to Inspector Ratio?
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October 21, 2015 By Nick Schmoyer at Inspectioneering

Toward the end of last year, Inspectioneering conducted a survey with the goal of answering the following question: "How many pressure vessels do facilities have compared to the number of inspectors responsible for them?" The answer to this question is an important metric for developing proper plant inspection staffing numbers. Inspection managers, among other facility decision-makers, may benefit by knowing this ratio relative to what exists at their own site.

How Do Small to Medium Sized Capital Projects Get the Attention They Deserve?
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October 5, 2015 By Joe Brinz, P.E. at Engineering & Inspection Services, LLC

Over the last several years, the U.S. refining and petrochemical industry has undergone a renaissance of sorts. Lower natural gas prices and improved refining margins have been a catalyst for capital improvements at many of the nations’ refineries and chemical plants. Couple that with tighter EPA regulations and it is easy to see why these industries have spent billions over the last several years expanding throughput and investing in cleaner technology. This growth has not slowed down either.

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September 14, 2015 By Bill Davies, P.E. at Engineering & Inspection Services, LLC

A unit turnaround (TAR) provides opportunities for plants to execute capital and maintenance projects, or to make tie-ins during an outage window. This downtime is costly - not just in terms of lost production while the unit is down, but in...

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September 8, 2015 By Tressi L. Cordaro

On July 20, 2015, OSHA published a long awaited Directive on the revised Hazard Communication Standard (“HCS”), Inspection Procedures for the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS 2012), CPL 02-02-079. The Directive is intended to provide inspection and enforcement guidance to compliance officers regarding the final Hazard Communication Standard published in March 2012.

Achieving QA/QC Excellence
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August 31, 2015 By Jeremiah Wooten at Inspectioneering, LLC.

Inspectioneering recently had the opportunity to speak with Tom Redlinger about QA/QC practices in the O&G business and what companies can do to create programs that are both effective and sustainable. We hope you find the exchange as interesting as we did.

10 Tips for Effectively Troubleshooting Pumps
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August 24, 2015 By Jeff Vollmer at Engineering & Inspection Services, LLC

Google “pump troubleshooting” and you will likely find multiple articles telling you that if your impeller has the wrong clearance, you will have a loss of capacity, or if your impeller is damaged, it could be the result of this or that. I didn’t want to just recreate one of those lists.

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August 10, 2015 By Linda Otaigbe at Jackson Lewis P.C.

OSHA has recently issued three memoranda updating guidance on its Process Safety Management (“PSM”) standard.

8 Tips for Addressing OSHA’s New Enforcement Guidance on RAGAGEP under the Process Safety Management Standard
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June 29, 2015 By Nickole C. Winnett at Jackson Lewis P.C.

A new memorandum released by OSHA provides a list of 16 enforcement considerations that will be considered by an inspector when evaluating whether an employer is meeting the RAGAGEP requirements under the PSM standard. Here are 8 tips for addressing OSHA's new enforcement guidance.


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