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Risk-Based Work Selection – Planning a Turnaround of the “Right Size”

Becht, January 24, 2023

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Sustained long-term reliability of facilities is crucial for achieving profitability and competitiveness. The costs of unreliability, including incidents related to health, safety, and environment, can be detrimental to even well-established companies. By investing in proactive measures, these costs can be avoided. One such measure is Risk-Based Work Selection (RBWS), a work process that prioritizes and optimizes turnaround and maintenance work without compromising reliability.

RBWS uses risk as a screening tool to evaluate individual work items and ensure they are justified by either risk reduction or financial benefit to cost analysis. The implementation of this structured work process typically results in significant reductions in turnaround work scope. Additionally, the process has several additional benefits such as identifying previously unconsidered risks, minimizing discovery work, and facilitating cross-functional team alignment.

Inconsistent methods for screening turnaround and maintenance work can lead to missed opportunities for risk reduction and poor return on investment. Becht’s RBWS method is a systematic and consistent approach that utilizes historical and industry performance data to screen worklists. The RBWS process is data-driven, ensuring consistency of decision-making and resulting in a risk-optimized worklist. The process includes consideration of risk management, reliability, and conservation of financial resources, and the results are fully documented for leadership review and future turnaround planning. The process is not limited to fixed equipment but covers all equipment classes.

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