EEMUA PUB NO 232
Specifying, procuring & managing 3rd party inspection services
|Publication Date:||1 January 2016|
There is a see-evident requirement for the owners and operators of process plant handling hazardous materials to maintain the primary containment envelope and ensure that the risks from leaks and other incidents are minimised. A major element in maintaining the integrity of the primary containment is timely and effective inspection, the purpose of which is to identify defects before they are able to develop and lead to an uncontrolled loss of containment. In some companies. panicutarly the larger petrochemical organisations, the primarycontainment is monitored by in-house, or second parry inspection bodies (2ndPlBs) whilst others employ the contracted services of outside organisations referred to as third party inspection bodies (3rOPIBs). As it is unlikely t hat a 2ndPIB will always be able to do all the inspection work required by their parent organisation there will often be a mix of 2ndP18 and 3rdPIB involvement.
The recent increase in emphasis on inspection as part of a risk control strategy has resulted in a need to ensure that the service provided by inspection organisations is suitable for the particular application. In addition the British Health and Safety Executive (Fig) have recently highlighted concerns with companies who engage 3r0P1Bs for specific tasks (e.g. acting asCompetent Persons under the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR)) and who fail to recognize the wider issues related to the control of risks from ocher or associated hazards (e.g. fire, explosion, danger to the environment). As a consequence the 14SE has identified potential differences in company risk control arrangements when 2ndPlBs and 3rdPlBs are employed. he la has also identified issues related to differences in plant operational knowledge between 2ndPlBs and 3rdPles that can also influence the quality of the information at the disposal of the IB when formulating inspection recommendations!
This Publication has been developed as a result of the perceived differences between the use of 2ndPlBs and 3rOPIP6. It is intended to provide guidance to the companies using the latter organisations and to assist in the development of the contractual and managerial relationships between the inspection bodies (1W and the process plant owners and operators. h is also intended to provide guidance to those organnations with their own IB as the relationship between the two is similarly important
The guide has resulted from requests from I EMUA members to provide a basis on which they could build their own working practices and it should not be seen purely as a document written for the benefit of the regulator.
The layout of this Publication follows that used in the Chemical and Downstream oil Industry forum (CDOIF) document 'Guidance on the Use of External Contractors in the Management of Ageing