Maintain Safe Isolation

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This is an extract of the supporting information & guidance cards from the IOGP Process Safety Fundamentals documented in their Report 638.

  • We use isolation plans for the specific task, based on up-to-date information.
  • We raise isolation concerns before the task starts and challenge when isolation plans cannot be executed.
  • We check for residual pressure or process material before breaking containment.
  • We monitor the integrity of isolations regularly and stop to reassess when change could affect an isolation integrity.
  • We confirm leak-tightness before, during, and after reinstating equipment.

Tips for Managers:

  • Monitor isolation practice at your location to verify that your local practice is safe and effective.
  • Implement improvement where issues are identified.
  • Respond and follow up if isolation concerns are raised.
  • Regularly check that those performing isolations are effectively trained and supported.

This page only summarises the guidance – refer to the IOGP report and/or IOGP website for further information.

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