Piping and Instrumentation Diagram Updates
Why are P&ID’s such a big deal? First and foremost they are the foundational document for the entire process – used for not only design optimization but also Process Hazard Analysis (PHA). What good is a PHA if the drawings on which the analysis is based are inaccurate? How many hazards may exist that cannot be identified and resolved because they are not shown?
Second, they are the foundational document for Process Safety Information (PSI) requirements especially as regards a Process Safety Management (PSM) governed facility. Errors in P&ID’s are usually considered a “willful” violation by OSHA inspectors, and each error can be considered its own violation. This quickly can become a very expensive and damaging finding during an inspection or investigation.
We have found that although P&ID’s may have recently been “walked down”; they often still have many defects or incomplete information. This can be due to a lack of ability or understanding of the team or individual performing the field check, but often the errors occur due to a lack of a systematic approach, or a limiting of scope of the review.
The obvious benefit alluded to previously is the increased safety and efficiency of operations. Perhaps less obvious is the sense of pride and shifting of culture that occurs when all sections of the company observe the attention to detail and importance that management places on safety and accuracy.
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