The importance of complete and adequate decommissioning

Fishwick, Tony; Gill, Geoff
December 2013
Loss Prevention Bulletin;Dec2013, Issue 234, p19
Academic Journal
When plant or equipment is decommissioned at the end of its useful life, it is very important from a safety point of view, that some key factors are adequately ensured. One of these is that all process fluids, solids or other materials are removed from the equipment before it is declared ready for dismantling, or "mothballing" for a period of time. Closely linked to this is the need to eliminate all connections to adjacent equipment that still uses hazardous substances. The two incidents described here happened on the same works and are examples of where this was not done, with potentially serious consequences in each case.


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