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PSM mechanical integrity overview

Companies have to establish and implement clear procedures to maintain the ongoing integrity of process equipment.

Employees involved in maintaining the ongoing integrity of process equipment should be aware of that process and its hazards.

Inspection and testing should be performed on process equipment, following recognized and generally accepted good engineering practices.

The frequency of process equipment inspections and tests varies but should conform to the manufacturers’ recommendations and good engineering practices. Or if determined by prior operating experience.

Process safety management mechanical integrity checklist

PSM mechanical integrity checklist

PSM mechanical integrity requirements apply to the following equipment:
  • Pressure vessels and storage tanks
  • Piping systems (including piping components such as valves)
  • Relief and vent systems and devices
  • Emergency shutdown systems
  • Controls (including monitoring devices and sensors, alarms, and interlocks)
  • Pumps
Each inspection and test on process equipment must include the following information:
  • Identifying the date of the inspection or test
  • The name of the person who performed the inspection or test
  • The serial number or other identifiers of the equipment on which the inspection or test was performed
  • A description of the inspection or test performed, and the results of the inspection or test
  • Equipment deficiencies outside the acceptable limits defined by the process safety information have to be corrected before further use.
  • When operating at new plants and with new equipment, a company has to ensure that equipment is suitable for the process application for which it will be used.
  • Appropriate checks and inspections have to be performed to ensure that equipment is installed properly and is consistent with design specifications and manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Ensure that maintenance materials, spare parts, and equipment are all suitable for the process application for which they will be used.
These are a few things you can do to maintain the mechanical integrity of critical process equipment. Check out our PSM guide for more detailed information on process safety management.
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