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(154c) Using HAZOP/LOPA to Create an Effective Mechanical Integrity Program

Authors: 
Maher, S. T., Risk Management Professionals
Many people view the conduct of a HAZOP/LOPA to address regulatory requirements as a chore, and stop there. However, the implementation of a quality HAZOP/LOPA has the potential to provide a framework for addressing numerous safety and operational optimization issues at plants, including the formulation/refinement of the Mechanical Integrity Program. The purpose of this paper is to focus on the mechanical integrity program, illustrate how a quality HAZOP/LOPA can support the effective implementation of some of the new Damage Mechanism Review requirements for California Refineries (e.g., 5189.1(k)), and optimize key elements of an effective Mechanical Integrity Program, e.g.:
- Inspection/testing methods
- Testing intervals
- Maintenance outage periods
- Repair prioritization and allowable outage
- Identification of low priority equipment

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