Safety, integrity, compliance: Optimising operational performance in a challenging risk environment

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Safety, integrity, compliance Optimising operational performance in a challenging risk environment

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At the heart of EEMUA are the collaborative efforts of our members – companies that manage process and power plants, utilities, offshore platforms, storage terminals and other industrial facilities.


Message from the Chairman, John Whitfield

“ Without you, there is no EEMUA. It’s your Association. You have a voice, so I encourage all of you to use it – get involved!”

As I look forward to the EMMUA Conference on the 8-9 March 2017, it’s hard to believe it is two years since the last one. This is always an outstanding event and I am confident that this year’s will be no exception, maintaining the high standards that its predecessors have set. I want to take some time and reflect on the past two years. As this Review shows, EEMUA – your Association – continues to be successful. In the fast paced and ever changing world in which we live and operate, success doesn’t come easy but takes dedication, the ability to listen and the willingness to be flexible to adapt to ever changing pressures. As well as the EEMUA staff and consultants, the Association’s continued success comes from you, the members, by means of your active involvement and participation in EEMUA’s activities. I would particularly like to mention all company lead representatives, council members, committee, forum and working group chairman and every company employee that gets actively involved in the diverse range of topics and issues that EEMUA tackles. Without you, there is no EEMUA. It’s your Association. You have a voice, so I encourage all of you to use it – get involved! On that note, I would like to welcome new corporate members BASF plc, Calor Gas Ltd, Navigator Terminals Ltd, Tennants Fine Chemicals Ltd, UM Storage Ltd and Uniper Energy Ltd, and associate company D&C Engineering. I also want to take the opportunity to welcome Simon Mann (from Sabic) and Monica Proctor who have joined the Board of Directors. Monica joins us as an independent director and brings a different and challenging perspective to our activities.

Our member companies operate in a wide spectrum of industry sectors, from offshore, power generation, manufacturing, downstream oil and gas, storage, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. The common thread is our member companies are all owners and operators of industrial facilities; the specifiers, purchasers and users of engineering equipment and materials. They may operate in different business sectors and climates, but all need to meet the challenge of maintaining asset integrity while operating safely, efficiently and cost effectively. This is where EEMUA has an important role to play. We can help over the entire lifecycle of an industrial asset – from design, installation, operation, maintenance, and testing, all the way through to decommissioning. In representing engineering equipment users across industry sectors, not just one industry, we are unique. As ‘the users voice’ our involvement is sought out and valued by authorities, legislators and other organisations in Europe and further afield. New and existing challenges are always there for EEMUA to help address. We have a collaborative relationship with the UK regulator, for example, which gives us a platform on which to share and exchange views on a wide range of topics, from storage tanks to the latest issue on high temperature hydrogen attack. We are working to establish relationships with other country regulators and want to be seen as the “go to” association for industry issues. A growth area in all industrial sectors is training and assuring competency of staff for the tasks they undertake. EEMUA has always been active in this area but even more so today with the introduction of a Training Board (more

information to follow as it develops) and the introduction of e-learning modules. This is an exciting growth area where EEMUA is working hard to expedite progress. As described elsewhere, we have completed more technical projects and have more working groups and active forums than at any time in recent years. We have also held a record number of seminars, which continues with the 2017 programme. Feedback on EEMUA webinars, a new initiative for us, has been excellent. But my question to you is, are you involved? Are you taking maximum advantage of your company’s membership of EEMUA? Hopefully you are aware that we made EEMUA publications free of charge for members. Are you making full use of this benefit? Our website continues to grow and gives more effective engagement with our stakeholders. It particularly helps members operating smaller plants, who may have limited manpower resources to attend EEMUA technical meetings. Are you making full use of everything that is available on the website? Do you get a copy of the weekly Alert, which is an excellent source of up-to-date information? I’ve raised a number of questions above but they all underline that the benefits of belonging to EEMUA are greatest when companies and individuals are actively engaged, so I encourage you to use the website, join technical committees, get involved in forums, bring your expertise and experience to working groups, and attend EEMUA events. After all, it’s your Association; a member led organisation, which I am proud to Chair.


Message from the Chief Executive, Stefan Kukula

“ Looking ahead, you can expect to see our relentless emphasis on benefits for the member continuing.”


Since the last Review, EEMUA has embarked on some of the most major changes and initiatives in its long and distinguished history. With such an ambitious programme, we were fortunate that the world economic and political climate over the past two years has been so steady and predictable. Well, maybe not, but a poker player plays the hand they are given, and era defining events around us have not changed the energy and dedication which EEMUA has brought to its activities. For the Association’s office staff, a key recent event was the office move in September 2016. A change of location can be traumatic, but things have gone remarkably smoothly, and our new London premises have given us the opportunity to offer a London meeting space free of charge to our members. This has been taken up by some companies, and we look forward to welcoming more of our members to our Blackfriars venue. Many of the key developments for the membership have been in the digital, rather than physical, realm. As of January 2016, all EEMUA member employees have access to digital versions of EEMUA publications free of charge through the EEMUA website. We have also rolled out the first of our online “awareness level” e-learning courses; again, free of charge and accessible anywhere through the website, to member company employees. A range of checklists, based on some of our most widely used guidance, have been released for public access. We have also updated and expanded our popular infographics

enabling easy identification of where EEMUA can help in different industries. Webinars have been a popular addition to the EEMUA portfolio, and have enabled worldwide participation in EEMUA expertise, with topics including cold weld repair applications, hazardous areas, post-weld heat treatment exemptions and cyber security. This has been a new, but influential, topic for EEMUA, as we released our popular Cyber Security Industry Information Sheet at the start of 2016, and have recently established a Cyber Security Forum. As I write this the webinar programme includes presentations on fatigue in pressure equipment, and plastic tanks. Both promise to maintain the popularity earlier topics have attained. The physical world has not been neglected and we have run a record number of courses in the past two years. The new German TankAssessor® course has been consistently sold out, as the EEMUA approach has started to gain traction, and in-house courses have also proved popular, with courses provided on request in companies in Greece and France. The launch of the Mechanical Integrity course has been very successful. The courses have already established a reputation for selling out very quickly and we are looking for ways to expand availability. Additional dates are being added, so do have a look at the EEMUA Calendar. We have also run a record number of technical seminars and EEMUA presentations have been given at technical conferences across Europe, supported by the London office. The expansion in our offering has been a credit to the hard work and dedication of our staff, and

the technical experts we work with, who have ensured that our reputation for quality and focus on the user has been maintained. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them all for their efforts over the past two years. Key to all of this success, though, has been the membership. Since the last Review my diary has been regularly punctuated with visits to them, at sites across Europe, and I have been pleased at both the warmth of the welcome, despite the clear pressures of work, and the constructive suggestions we have received about how we can continue to improve what we offer. We also received a lot of useful feedback and input from our recent annual survey of Members and Associates. We take great pride in being a member led organisation and we have been and will be incorporating many of the ideas we have been given. Looking ahead, you can expect to see our relentless emphasis on benefits for the member continuing. In particular, we will be expanding the e-learning portfolio, and working with the membership to ensure that the offering can be a major part in ensuring base competence levels of technical staff. This ties in with EEMUA’s original goal, consistently expressed since our founding in 1950: leadership in industrial asset management.

The value of membership EEMUA is an international non-profit membership organisation representing organisations that are significant purchasers and users of engineering equipment and materials of construction. The Association aims to improve the safety, environmental and operating performance of industrial facilities in the most cost-effective way, demonstrating corporate responsibility by developing and promoting leadership in industrial asset management.

Member companies

EEMUA members pursue these aims by sharing engineering experiences and expertise, and by the promotion of their distinct interests as the users of engineering products. More specifically, the aims of EEMUA member companies are achieved by: •  Providing the environment within which networking, information sharing and collaboration on non-competitive matters can take place among organisations that manage industrial assets – often safety critical assets or facilities that are key to national infrastructure

•  Influencing the way written regulations are interpreted and applied in practice •  Presenting and promoting members’ views, and encouraging the application of good, sound engineering practices •  Developing and publishing user guides, specifications, training and competency schemes •  Facilitating members’ participation in national and international standards making •  Influencing relevant national and European legislation and regulations. More and more organisations operating industrial facilities in Europe and around the world are recognising the value of EEMUA

membership and we continue to attract new members, most recently BASF plc, Calor Gas Ltd, Navigator Terminals Ltd, Tennants Fine Chemicals Ltd, UM Storage Ltd and Uniper Energy Ltd. Members benefit from EEMUA diversity A major benefit of EEMUA is that its membership covers all sectors of industry. Members can draw on the experiences and practices of other engineering equipment users from different organisations, operating sites and countries – and also from quite different industry sectors. This provides hugely valuable and unique insights into users’ issues with engineering equipment and materials, and the different approaches that people take to solve problems. It means that any recommended practices developed by members should represent an authoritative and broad consensus across the user community.

EEMUA members are the users of engineering equipment and materials. They manage industrial process plants, power stations, offshore platforms, storage terminals and other industrial facilities right across the world.

Associate companies

The EEMUA Associate Company Scheme is open to those who are not eligible for membership but wish to support EEMUA, its aims, objectives and activities.


Leaders in the engineering user community

Promoting good and best practice

These are the leading organisations participating in EEMUA over the past year or so. These organisations build, own and operate industrial facilities in Europe and around the world.

EEMUA continues to develop new guides and information sheets and revise its existing ones in response to new regulations, standards and technology, and in the light of user experiences. EEMUA’s publications help to define or clarify what is good practice. The most notable new releases have been EEMUA 232 and EEMUA 233. EEMUA 232 is a guide for specifying, procuring and managing third party inspection services. This was developed due to the perceived differences between the use of in-house and third party inspection bodies. As well as guidance on policy, organisation and scheduling, the guide provides sample checklists and a code of conduct for nondestructive testing (NDT) inspections. Primarily based around UK legislation, it has been written to complement the Chemical and Downstream Oil Industry Forum (CDOIF) guidance The use of external contractors in the management of ageing plant, which EEMUA helped to develop.

AMEC Foster Wheeler AstraZeneca UK Ltd BASF plc BP International Ltd Calor Gas Ltd Centrica plc CLH Pipeline Systems (CLH-PS) Ltd Dow Corning Ltd E.ON UK Ltd EDF Energy – Thermal Production Essar Oil (Stanlow) Ltd ExxonMobil Engineering (Europe) Ltd GunvorRaffinerie Ingolstadt GmbH Ineos Chemicals Grangemouth Ltd Innospec Ltd Inter Terminals Ltd Koninklijke Vopak NV National Grid Navigator Terminals Ltd Northern Gas Networks Ltd NuStar Terminals Ltd Odfjell Terminals (Rotterdam) BV Oil and Pipelines Agency (OPA)

Oiltanking GmbH (Europe) Phillips 66 Ltd Puma Energy RWE Generation UK Ltd SABIC UK Petrochemicals Ltd Scottish Power Ltd SGN Ltd Shell Solutia (Eastman) SSE Statoil ASA Syngenta Ltd Tata Steel UK Ltd Tennants Fine Chemicals Ltd Total UK Ltd UM Storage Ltd Uniper Energy Ltd Univar Ltd Urenco ChemPlants Ltd Valero Energy Ltd VTTI B.V. Wales & West Utilities Ltd

At the heart of EEMUA are the collaborative efforts of our members – companies that manage process and power plants, utilities, offshore platforms, storage terminals and other industrial facilities. Our technical committees, working groups, forums, projects and special events provide a noncompetitive framework to share experiences and expertise. Aside from the immediate ‘takeaways’ this can provide the participants, the results are used to develop industry guidance, set user standards and specifications for the management of technology and to ensure development of competency in the workforce. They help set good and best working practice and provide a powerful and highly respected voice to influence regulations and standards.


“EEMUA continues to develop new guides and information sheets and revise its existing ones…”

However, users operating plant in other countries will find this new EEMUA guide useful. EEMUA 233, Line pipe Specification – Clauses in addition to API 5L / ISO 3183, is an addendum to API 5L/ISO 3183, based on EEMUA members’ specific requirements for both onshore and offshore line pipe materials. Whilst API and ISO are well-established line pipe material standards they fall short in a number of areas of concern to members. Consequently, these documents are generally accompanied by a company specific addendum when line pipe is ordered. A plethora of company addenda exist and EEMUA 233 has been prepared in order to present an addendum, covering the areas of concern, acceptable to EEMUA members and the wider pipeline community. We also published new editions of two of our most widely used publications. The seventh

edition of EEMUA 186, A practitioner’s handbook for potentially explosive atmospheres, updates the previous edition to align with the latest versions of the relevant standards; in particular the fifth editions of IEC 60079-14 and IEC 60079-17. The chapters on equipment, installation and inspection have been revised extensively, including EEMUA’s recommendations on barrier gland selection. EEMUA 211, Guidance on the specification of pressure vessels, has been updated to Edition 3 and includes a new chapter on fatigue, addressing the issues, assessment methods and practical steps to prevention and detection. There was also the release of Edition 3 of EEMUA 147, Recommendations for refrigerated liquefied gas storage tanks, which expands on the inspection advice and includes a new section dedicated to external inspection. It draws on the recommendations given in its sister publication EEMUA 159, Above ground flat bottomed storage tanks – a guide to inspection, maintenance and repair.

One outcome from EEMUA’s increasing activity in addressing industrial cyber security has been the development and publication of EEMUA Industry Information Sheet 2 – Cyber security assessment process for industrial control systems. The assessment process is designed for use by an on-site engineer who has been tasked with making sure appropriate cyber security protection measures are in place. Written for those with limited prior knowledge, it should still be useful for others by providing a framework to maintain any existing protection measures and increase their confidence in a rapidly changing technical field. It is predominately aimed at those working on physically contained sites but some further considerations for geographically distributed systems are given. This EEMUA document is referenced by the British Health and Safety Executive in its new guidance on cyber security for industrial automation and control systems and safety instrumented systems. Currently, there are over 20 working groups active in developing new and revised EEMUA guidance under the remit of the technical committees. The list on page 7 provides an oversight of just some of the topics being addressed. As of 2016, all direct employees in EEMUA member companies can now download complimentary digital editions of EEMUA guidance. With over 60 guides available and with around 20 new guides and editions in preparation, this new offering is a major benefit of EEMUA membership. Printed copies can still be purchased directly from EEMUA through the online Shop. A new initiative has seen the release of a number of checklists from some of our existing

EEMUA’s most popular publications EEMUA 186 A Practitioner’s Handbook for potentially explosive atmospheres EEMUA 191 Alarm systems – a guide to design, management and procurement EEMUA 159 Above ground flat bottomed storage tanks – a guide to inspection, maintenance and repair EEMUA 201 Process plant control desks utilising human-computer interfaces: a guide to design, operational and human-computer interface issues EEMUA 105 Factory stairways, ladders and handrails (including access platforms and ramps)

EEMUA 222 Guide to the application of IEC 61511 to safety instrumented systems in the UK process industries EEMUA 190 Guide for the design, construction and use of mounded horizontal cylindrical steel vessels for pressurised storage of LPG at ambient temperatures EEMUA 231 Mechanical integrity of plant containing hazardous substances – a guide to periodic examination and testings EEMUA 140 Noise procedure specification EEMUA 158 Construction specification for fixed offshore structures


191 Alarm EEMUA guidanceSystems documents, WIND FARM

for free download website. The topics of the checklists released so far range from the inspection ONSHORE SUBSTATION of storage tanks and the specification of on-line analysers, to an 178 alarm management philosophy document and cracking in duplex stainless steel subsea applications. The checklists are an integral element of each piece of EEMUA guidance and, although of value as standalone documents, the SWITCH YARD intent is not only to assist aAND wider audience of TRANSFORMERS engineers in keeping their industrial assets safe ELC Committee but also to raise greater awareness of the relevant piece of EEMUA guidance. Taking the success of the infographics we first introduced in 2015, we have expanded the initial six,231 illustrating how users in the power generation, offshore, water and waste water, MAINTENANCE DEPOT manufacturing, downstream oil and gas and AND DOCK storage sectors can benefit from the Association’s activities and technical publications, to now include the chemicals, pharmaceuticals and renewables sectors. We also now offer selected infographics in Dutch, English, French, German and Spanish language versions. All are available for free download from the website, with each containing live links to relevant further information.


CONTROL ROOM from the public


EEMUA 194 Corrosion control of subsea equipment


Subsea Engineering

EEMUA 158 EEMUA 133 Underground armoured cable protection


INC Committee



EEMUA 206 Risk Based Inspection



PSC Committee



INT Committee


177 EEMUA 230 Aging rotating equipment EEMUA 218 Duplex stainless steels





PRS Committee

UIC Committee




MTC Committee

“All our sector infographics are available as free downloads from the EEMUA website.”



EEMUA 105 Factory stairways, ladders and handrails EEMUA 194 Corrosion control of subsea equipment


Sharing operating experiences EEMUA facilitates the sharing of experiences and collaboration on non-competitive technical matters to continuously improve industrial asset management practices; technical committees facilitate the sharing of engineering experiences and expertise on specific technological areas, asset management activity or engineering discipline; working groups focus on specific projects; whilst EEMUA forums are convened to address issues or topics that cross a number of disciplines or whenever members have a specific interest in a particular topic. The technical committees are integral to the implementation of the Association’s work programme. They have oversight of EEMUA’s technical projects and forums. At their meetings they RECOVERY address procedural issues and how the VESSEL regulator expects sites to operate. They also regularly look at incidents and safety issues. When relevant, 168specific committees will hold joint meetings to discuss areas of mutual interest and to EEMUA 186 update one another on projects. Potentially explosive One EEMUA of the196 major issues that we continue to European atmospheres address Pressure is that of barrier glands. Since its release, Equipment EEMUA Directive has been the leading voice in expressing fundamental concerns over IEC 60079-14:2013; Explosive atmospheres – Part 14: Electrical installations design, selection and erection. EEMUA believes that the standards method of determining whether a barrier gland is needed for an Ex ‘d’ enclosure is deficient and potentially dangerous. We commissioned research to establish whether the approach adopted in the standard is adequate to achieve at least the level of safety offered by adherence to IEC 60079-14:2008 – the former version of the standard. This independent testing was intended to better inform EEMUA, and if necessary the relevant IEC maintenance team, on

the potential implications of the latest edition. The aim was not simply to highlight potential flaws in the new criteria but also to reassess the previous findings. The outcome of that research has conclusively shown the superiority of the former version of the standard over the current version. IEC 6007914:2013 therefore lacks the authority required of a standard as the new assessment procedure is not sustainable in the face of the evidence and EEMUA has called for it to be amended with the reinstatement of the assessment procedure used in IEC 60079-14:2008. In 2016 the British Health and Safety Executive issued a Safety Notice on the use of barrier glands in potentially explosive atmospheres to meet IEC 60079-14:2013. This was backed up by the findings of the EEMUA commissioned research. We continue to put our concerns in the public domain. EEMUA also shares concerns about IEC 60079-10-1:2015. The standard covers the classification of areas where flammable gas or vapour hazards may arise and may then be used as a basis to support the proper selection and installation of equipment for use in hazardous areas. The standard has had a full technical update since the previous 2009 edition, with some key changes, and there are concerns it now seriously underestimates hazardous zone sizes. Competence and training and industrial cyber security are two topics that have come to take a higher profile on EEMUA’s agenda. As both cross a number of disciplines, we established two new forums to enable members to gain a greater understanding of the topics and to share good practice around each.

EEMUA technical committees

EEMUA forums

Electrical Engineering Instrumentation and Control Inspection and Non-destructive Testing Machinery Materials Technology On-line Analyser Systems Pressure Relieving Safety Systems Pressure Vessels Piping Systems Storage Tanks User Inspectorate

Ageing Assets Asset Management Hydrofluoric Acid Structural and Civil Engineering Underground Cavern Storage Competence and Training High Temperature Hydrogen Attack Personal Portable Devices Cyber Security

Example of projects being covered by EEMUA working groups Pressurised storage of LPG – update of EEMUA 190 providing guidance for the design, construction and use of mounded horizontal cylindrical vessels for pressurised storage of LPG at ambient temperature. Tube end welding – revision of EEMUA 143 to better align with EN ISO 15614-8 among other major changes since the first edition. Tank demolition – revision of EEMUA 154 to include all latest thinking and technical advances and to bring it into line with the new edition (Ed 5) of EEMUA 159. Accumulation of excessive pressure – new guidance on managing situations in legacy systems where over pressure protection systems prove inadequate and pressures exceed Code allowable values. Post weld heat treatment (PWHT) – new guidance for PHWT on pipework designed in accordance with ASME B31.3. Plastic tanks (inspection and maintenance) – guidance addressing the growing use of glass reinforced plastic tanks and issues associated with thermoplastics. Civil asset management – new publication addressing the civil, structural and building assets management in process, industrial and production environment.

Ageing electrical assets – new guidance considering particular types of electrical asset and their degradation mechanisms. Process control room design – significant revision of EEMUA 201, tackling the human factor considerations of control room design. Storage tanks (flat bottomed) – a fifth edition of EEMUA 159, the internationally respected guide to inspection, maintenance and repair of above ground flat bottomed storage tanks. Safety-related systems – revision of EEMUA 222 coinciding with the second edition of IEC 61511 and the considerable amount of new material it will contain. Interpreting PSSR (2000) – revision of EEMUA 177 covering the entire publication but with particular emphasis on the HSE’s latest guidance on Regulation 10 and when imminent danger should be reported. Analyser maintenance networks – new publication addressing the functionality and user interface aspects rather than the systems communication technology on which the network operates.


a very small volume, and therefore potentially The Competence and Training Forum was capable of causing an ignition within a hazardous brought together initially to address specific area, thus endangering both workers and plant. concerns raised by the UK regulator, which Furthermore, personal biomedical devices have been subsequently covered as a topic by may have their operation upset by the working regulatory bodies in Europe and beyond. It environment, for example by high EM fields, provides a platform to identify current and future drivers for companies to improve the competence potentially endangering the life of the user. The purpose of this forum is to formulate guidance of their employees, provide a platform for sharing for the safe use of each type of device and to act competence related good practice, and aim as a conduit for specific safety issues and high risk to understand broader human factor related situations. The current top priority for the forum competence issues. The Forum is also used to is the development of an information sheet to coordinate EEMUA’s input into bodies such as cover the risk assessment of devices which might COGENT-SSC, which deal with sector specific be carried into a competence “ E EMUA forums are convened to address hazardous area. issues. issues or topics that cross a number of The HTHA Forum Industrial cyber security disciplines or whenever members have a provides member companies with a (control system specific interest in a particular topic.” route to establishing security rather common understanding and precautionary than enterprise IT security) is a growing concern approaches being taken in the UK in the wake from an increase in attacks and from changing of the fatal explosion and fire at the US Tesoro business practices that are leading to new or Anacortes refinery in 2010. It offers a conduit for increased vulnerabilities. The Cyber Security discussions and information exchange with the Forum has been set up to address current topics Health and Safety Executive who are reviewing in this area. The intended purpose is to enable the findings of the US Chemical Safety Board participants to share good practice information on enquiry and its blanket recommendation to current developments and to develop and make replace carbon steel process equipment that available information as deemed appropriate. operates above 400°F and greater than 50 psia We also set up new forums looking at personal hydrogen partial pressure. portable devices (P2F) and high temperature hydrogen attack (HTHA). The P2F Forum is a technical group examining all aspects of personal devices, wearable and implantable technology as regards its potential effects on the plant and operations of member companies. Electronic devices are becoming ever more compact, and their power sources ever more powerful within


Developing and sustaining a competent and confident workforce The competency of employees, contingent workers and contractors is vital to the safe and effective operation of industrial plant. EEMUA training and competence schemes are recognised around the world as cost effective ways of teaching techniques and processes that can be immediately applied in real situations to improve asset management. The offering continues to be broadened, in terms of topics covered, the number of levels of expertise catered for and the routes through which training is delivered.

Courses The launch of the EEMUA Mechanical Integrity training course has been a great success. This one day course is aimed at those responsible on a day-to-day basis for ensuring mechanical integrity of plant and equipment, primarily those where COMAH Regulations apply, but also those outside the scope of COMAH where there are hazardous substances present. The course is based on EEMUA 231 (SAFed IMG1), which has been recognised as providing a sound basis from which to develop arrangements for the management and delivery of periodic examinations aimed at maintaining the integrity of plant containing hazardous substances. Although originally for sites falling under the UK regulator, EEMUA 231 has developed an international reputation as good practice. EEMUA’s CompeTank® continues to be a leading competency scheme for tank operators worldwide, with TankAssessor™, TankStrategies™ and TankIntro™ courses offered across Europe. The course programme continues to expand. This has included an extra TankAssessor™ course being added to the programme in Germany, the “Dutch” TankAssessor™ course now being run

in Belgium, and TankIntro™ added to the course programme in the Netherlands. TankAssessor™ courses in particular are booked out well in advance, which is an indication of the continuing regard in which the TankAssessor™ course (in particular) and the CompeTank® scheme (in general) are held. Interest in running in-house courses has also increased, with CompeTank® courses being run for companies in Greece and France. To help deliver the CompeTank® scheme to the expanding international market, we have been active in recruiting engineers with tank storage experience to become trainers for the TankIntro™ and TankAssessor™ course elements. We are also reviewing new developments that will further enhance our CompeTank® offering. EEMUA continues to organise and run its training course on subsea materials’ selection and corrosion control. It is based on EEMUA 194, Guidelines for materials selection and corrosion control for subsea oil and gas production equipment, which provides an overview of the current knowledge of the principles and practices of materials selection and corrosion control for offshore facilities. The training provides engineers, managers and technical personnel with an understanding of the fundamental principles for selecting and specifying materials of construction for subsea equipment, and for corrosion control during deployment, commissioning and operation. We also continue to support the offering of the course on alarm systems management which relies on EEMUA 191, Alarm systems – a guide to design, management and procurement. The training provides a systems approach to risk management. The international CompEx® competency

EEMUA-based training courses and competency certification schemes Alarm Systems Management Hazardous Area Working Mechanical Integrity Storage Tanks Subsea Materials Corrosion and Control

scheme goes from strength to strength, the newest module aimed at ‘Responsible Persons’ to assist the understanding of the new methodologies adopted by the UK regulator. EEMUA plays an active role in the governance of the CompEx® scheme committee and remains heavily involved in the technical authoring body for EEMUA 186 and EEMUA 214, which provide core technical content related to the scheme. CompEx® provides candidates with essential knowledge and practical skills to enable safe working in potentially explosive atmospheres, whether due to flammable gas, combustible dust or other hazards. To ensure that the continuing expansion of our training and competence schemes is achieved smoothly and that quality is maintained, EEMUA is setting up a structure of oversight and monitoring. This formalises the processes that are already in place and will ensure that current and new courses continue to meet the existing high standards. Subject Steering Boards will monitor and guide technical content.

E-learning EEMUA is now offering two e-learning courses to employees within member companies as a benefit of corporate membership. The EEMUA Storage Tanks e-learning provides an introduction 9

to EEMUA 159 and the CompeTank® series of training courses. The Subsea Materials e-learning provides an introduction to EEMUA 194 and the subsea engineering training course. Both are 30-minute introductory courses positioned at the awareness level. Although they are standalone courses, they may also be used as optional precursors to studying the relevant EEMUA publication or taking the associated classroom training. We are looking to further enhance the e-learning offering to members with an alarms management introductory course already in development and plans (being discussed) for introductory courses on mechanical integrity and plastic tanks, along with the existing storage tanks e-learning being made available in the Dutch language. EEMUA e-learning courses will be available in versions for desktop, Android and iOS mobile devices.

Webinars A new addition to our outreach programme has been the offering of webinars, which have enhanced the ability for EEMUA to share its expertise with a global audience. The majority of webinars are free and open to both members and non-members. The topics covered to date include cyber security, cold weld repair applications, post weld heat treatment (PWHT) exemptions, standards applicable to explosive atmospheres and fatigue in pressure equipment. Some webinars are for members only, as was the case when we explained the important changes to the structure and funding of apprenticeships and training in the UK as of 1 April 2017 with the introduction of Trailblazer Apprenticeships. Feedback suggests the webinars have been well received, with one participant’s comments

EEMUA’s biennial Conference continues to occupy an unrivalled place in the EEMUA calendar, allowing members to address the practical engineering issues that arise during the operating life of industrial assets, share insight into current issues for site operations, and develop more effective, industry-wide strategies to improve process safety, asset integrity and performance. The Conference provides invaluable opportunities for updating knowledge, and sharing experiences and best practice with a multitude of fellow engineers – especially for those individuals in member companies who are not engaged with EEMUA through the committees, forums and working groups. From across the technical sessions delegates can get immediate takeaways, learning things that they can use on site upon returning to their place of work. 10

in particular reflecting EEMUA’s own expectations when saying it was “a strong model for good technical discussion in the EEMUA community and, although not a replacement for seminars and forums, an excellent addition.” Recordings of the webinars are available to members as a benefit of EEMUA membership.

Events EEMUA events are a great way of maximising knowledge and improving skills, capabilities and competence. The annual programme of seminars that we host in the UK and continental Europe regularly attracts delegates from across the engineering community. Under the overarching theme of safe and effective industrial asset management, the objective is to provide insights into many of the hottest topics in industrial asset

The Conference reflects the Association’s core proposition that members can achieve more by working together on solving certain shared issues than they can by operating alone. The 2017 Conference – “Safety, Integrity, Compliance” – addressed how to optimise operational performance in a challenging risk environment. Included in the packed technical programme were four keynote speakers. Marie Fallon, Director of Regulated Industry at the Environment Agency in the UK, and Paul Logan, Director of the Chemicals, Explosives and Microbiological Hazards Division at the British Health and Safety Executive, provided a view of what is important to the regulator, why, what are the priorities and how will these evolve. They also addressed how industry is currently doing,

management. Recent topics covered have ranged from operating types of tanks that are not the traditional cylindrical above ground steel tanks and the key aspects of cyber security for control systems, to when non-intrusive inspection can be used, and what it can and cannot deliver, and the human and physical dimensions to safe working in hazardous areas. The seminars also provide for the chance to network with others who face similar challenges in optimising plant safety, quality, cost and performance, and for allowing the opportunity to hear about the current activities of the Association. Seminars are open to both members and nonmembers but with the benefit to members of being able to attend the majority free of charge. The current programme started with our flagship biennial event, the EEMUA Conference 2017, followed by two seminars on managing ageing plant – mechanical aspects and electrical aspects. Coinciding with the development of new EEMUA guidance on plastic tanks, there is a what are the expectations, how can this be measured and what does “good” look like. They were joined by Geert Vercruysse, a Process Safety Expert at BASF, Antwerp, who provided the users’ perspective. The fourth keynote, “Internet of Threats: Don’t let your power plant become a hacker’s playground”, provided a slightly offbeat look at the cyber security of industrial plant. Besides being the main event in EEMUA’s calendar, the Conference is specially subsidised by the Association and represents tremendous value for all member company participants.

Regulatory awareness and influence seminar looking at the inspection and maintenance of this type of tank. Then follows the running of our three annual seminars – inspection, pressure systems and storage tanks. The programme concludes with ‘Man and Machine’, a seminar looking at the often problematic man/machine interface and the resulting risks that must be understood and controlled. Often seminars are added to the programme during the course of a year, so it is advisable to regularly check the online Calendar for the latest offering.

Keeping up to date Forthcoming events and courses are always highlighted in the weekly EEMUA Members’ Alert and widely on the website. Now you can also follow EEMUA on social media – Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn – where we post details of all our forthcoming events, along with other EEMUA news and information. The EEMUA Alert continues to be published electronically every Friday direct to employees in all member companies. It brings relevant asset management issues and news to members’ attention. Its content continues to be valued, as this recent unsolicited comment from a member testifies: “I use the Alert information on industrial accidents, fires and explosions continually in my frequent ‘Safety Moment’ presentations on our refinery project. Please continue with this good work, it’s of great help to me”. If you have access to your company intranet or instant messaging tool, such as Yammer, posting information/links about EEMUA events, activities and news can be of benefit to the company’s entire technical community.

the development of CDOIF guidance. Three EEMUA’s strong reputation means it works with of these documents are now available for free and is approached by regulatory authorities, download from the EEMUA website: Learning for government departments, and other bodies to COMAH Sites from the Buncefield Incident; The discuss issues in a collective fashion rarely possible use of external contractors in the management of with individual companies. ageing plant; and Leak detection. Currently, we EEMUA represents the users’ view on are helping the regulator to develop CDOIF regulations and areas of concern within industrial asset management to the British Health and Safety guidance on functional safety management of installed safety instrumented systems. We are also Executive (HSE) on an ongoing basis through involved in the CDOIF Working Group reviewing direct contacts. HSE representatives are invited existing guidance and good and best practice on regularly to attend EEMUA technical committee flood preparedness at sites. The output from meetings for two-way discussions on a range this group will combine with other Competent of topics. Some recent examples have covered Authority work aiming to ensure greater resilience cyber security for industrial automation and to flooding within the control systems and COMAH regime, safety instrumented “ EEMUA’s strong reputation means preventing major systems, composite it works with and is approached by accidents. repairs on storage regulatory authorities, government The annual tripartite tanks, management departments, and other bodies…” liaison meetings of legacy systems between EEMUA, with potential for the Health and Safety Executive and the Safety excess accumulation on pressure relief, high temperature hydrogen attack (HTHA) degradation Assessment Federation (SAFed) continue to provide a valuable forum for the discussion of mechanisms, and PSSR Regulation 10 and when inspection issues (primarily concerned with imminent danger should be reported. Many mechanical engineering): EEMUA representing requests to attend are instigated by the Regulator users and second party inspection bodies; SAFed when seeking informed comment and/or advice. representing third party inspection bodies. There The Dutch Regulator DCMR is also invited is strong support from all three parties to maintain to join relevant EEMUA technical meetings EEMUA 231 (SAFed IMG1), The mechanical via teleconference to likewise discuss items of integrity of plant containing hazardous substances concern and we maintain close links with relevant - a guide to periodic examination and testing, and Directorates in the European Commission. EEMUA will be leading the scheduled review EEMUA membership of the Chemicals and Downstream Oil Industries Forum (CDOIF), a UK to ensure the guidance remains relevant and up-to-date. EEMUA 231 forms the basis of the body made up of representatives from industry, Association’s new mechanical integrity training trade unions, and the regulators, enables us to course (see page 9). be engaged in promoting and leading key sector process safety initiatives. We are very active in 11

Representing users EEMUA collaborates with international, European and national organisations, including government agencies, accreditation and certification bodies, professional institutions, trade associations, and regulatory and standards committees, to bring the members’ voice into the international arena. The collective views of EEMUA members make a powerful voice to input into standards committees, including those of ISO, IEC, CEN and BSI, in order to significantly influence proposed and existing standards related to engineering topics. EEMUA representatives continue to sit on a number of key committees and work groups within these organisations. They monitor the work programmes and report back on the relevant items and activities for consideration by the appropriate EEMUA committee and/or working group. EEMUA also continues


to monitor and respond to consultations on draft standards developed by standards committees where we do not have a direct representation. Our engagement with the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) is at a high level – EEMUA sits on the policy advisory committee which advises the UKAS Board on aspects of policy, particularly on questions relating to the safeguarding of impartiality. Amongst the recent items that EEMUA has raised are the enforcement that when a change in any standard is proposed on the basis of new data, that data should be accessible to all, and open to comment before the standard is passed, and also the potential conflict of interests present when standards bodies extend the scope of certification committees. We also remain an active member of the UKAS technical advisory committees on inspection (where we represent second and third party inspection bodies in EEMUA membership) and management systems certification (MSCTAC). An International Accreditation Forum (IAF) resolution in 2016, that IAF Accreditation Bodies will not permit Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) to issue nonaccredited management systems certificates in scopes for which they are accredited, prevents a “two tier” level of accreditation being operated by a CAB, but not obvious to stakeholders, such as EEMUA

members purchasing services from a holder of such a certificate. This was a proposal originally pushed for by MSCTAC, and strongly supported by EEMUA. EEMUA is represented on the European Committee of User Inspectorates (ECUI) through members of our User Inspectorate Committee. We also act as administrator and provide the Secretariat. ECUI exists to promote the safe, reliable, and optimal use of process equipment by European industry to ensure asset integrity. This is done by enhancing the recognition, status and formal responsibility and accountability of user companies in general and User Inspectorates in particular. ECUI represents the users’ voice at meetings of the European Commission’s Working Group (Pressure) on the EU Pressure Equipment Directive (PED), as well as PED Working Party (Guidelines), the CEN Pressure Equipment Advisory Nucleus, and the European Conformity Assessment Bodies Forum for pressure equipment (CABF). It also focusses on emerging issues. With ECUI, EEMUA exhibited at ESOPE 2016. Considered to be one of the leading pressure equipment tradeshows, we used the event to promote the benefits of EEMUA membership and to showcase EEMUA’s activities specifically relevant to pressure vessels/equipment, including ECUI. There was much interest in NDT of pressure vessels/equipment at ESOPE overall, with many of the symposium papers addressing the techniques. This resulted in a lot of enquiries at the EEMUA stand. Representatives from the French regulator DREAL dropped by interested to find out more about CompeTank®. There was interest also from other visitors in the TankStategies™ course. Our participation in the Partnership in Automation and Control Training (PACT)

group has been particularly important this past year with the new Government proposals for apprenticeships in the UK. PACT enables companies in the chemical and process sector to maintain and improve their competitive edge by creating a supply of personnel who are able to effectively apply modern automation techniques. This group of users and manufacturers acted as the nucleus for developing proposals for the different levels of Trailblazer Apprenticeships in Process Control and Automation Engineering being implemented in the UK as of 1 April 2017. These aim to resolve the skills shortage being experienced by many industries, particularly the engineering industry, by providing high quality training programmes which are designed by and for industry. However, for these to be adopted, they had to show direct company involvement and trade body participation was not taken as satisfying this requirement. We actively encouraged EEMUA member companies in the UK, wishing to ensure that apprenticeships in this area reflect their need, to get involved, before it was too late. We have also maintained our engagement with numerous other organisations including; Namur (the German user group for process automation), the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), where EEMUA sits on the Pressure Systems Group and the related Board, and the Pressure Equipment Consultation Forum (PECF) where EEMUA represents the user alongside manufacturers, other trade bodies, the regulator, and government departments in discussing the issues of the Pressure Equipment Directive, installation and assemblies, and who has responsibility.

The Association aims to improve the safety, environmental and operating performance of industrial facilities in the most cost-effective way, demonstrating corporate responsibility by developing and promoting leadership in industrial asset management.


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