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161146 - Safety Isolations Rules

161146 - Safety Isolations Rules

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 WMC Environment, Health & Safety Management System
 © WMC Resources Ltd
WMC has developed this document for internal use, specific to circumstances and conditions within its operations. It isintended to provide general information and its applicability to external parties may therefore be limited. WMC makes norepresentations as to the applicability of the information for use by any party other than WMC and should not be reliedupon as such. WMC provides no representation or warranty as to safety or business outcomes arising from applicationof this document and its requirements by third parties.
GuidelineMechanical and Process IsolationsMajor Hazard Standard
MHS-07DocsOpen Ref
: 161146, 13/10/2004
Uncontrolled copy – check web for latest revision 
Revision Reviewed Description of Changes Date Approved
0 First Issue 13/10/2004 D Batchler
 
 Guideline – Mechanical and Process Isolations
DocsOpen Ref: 161146 Last Updated: 13/10/2004 © WMC Resources Ltd Page 2 of 23
CONTENTS
1
 
PURPOSE AND SCOPE...........................................................................................................3
 
2
 
DEFINITIONS............................................................................................................................3
 
3
 
REFERENCES..........................................................................................................................3
 
4
 
DETAILS....................................................................................................................................4
 
4.1
 
Overview.............................................................................................................................4
 
4.2
 
General...............................................................................................................................4
 
4.3
 
Risk Assessment................................................................................................................5
 
4.4
 
Isolation Standards.............................................................................................................6
 
4.5
 
Isolation Methods...............................................................................................................7
 
4.6
 
Proving Positive Isolation...................................................................................................8
 
4.7
 
Long Term Isolations..........................................................................................................9
 
4.8
 
Process De-isolation.........................................................................................................10
 
5
 
APPENDICES..........................................................................................................................12
 
Isolation Selection Tool...............................................................................................................13
 
Isolation Devices.........................................................................................................................17
 
Special Precautions.....................................................................................................................21
 
 
 Guideline – Mechanical and Process Isolations
DocsOpen Ref: 161146 Last Updated: 13/10/2004 © WMC Resources Ltd Page 3 of 23
1 PURPOSE AND SCOPE
This document provides isolation strategies and standards for establishing effective isolation ofprocess and mechanical systems and shall be used to develop Isolation Certificates for applicationwithin the Permit to Work System.This document should be read in conjunction with Major Hazard Standard 07 Permit to Work.This document deals primarily with mechanical and process isolations for intrusive work and notelectrical isolations.
2 DEFINITIONS
Term
 
Definition
Blank Flange A component for closing an open end of pipe-work which is rated tothe same standard as the flange to which it is fittedBleed, Drain or Vent Valve A valve for draining liquids, venting gas or monitoring pressure forconfirmation of isolation valve integrityBlock Valve A valve which provides a tight shut-off for isolation purposesDouble Block and Bleed An isolation method consisting of an arrangement of two block valveswith a bleed valve located in between the two block valvesIsolation The separation of plant from every source of energy in such a waythat separation is secureIsolation Scheme A system incorporating three key components managementarrangements, risk control procedures and working level practices, toensure hazardous substances are not released nor people or theenvironment exposed to risks during the maintenance or repair ofplant and equipmentQRA Quantitative Risk AssessmentSlip-ring A spacer ring installed in pipe-work to facilitate the insertion of aspadeSpade (slip-plate) A solid plate made of the same material and rating as the flange, forinsertion into pipe-work to secure isolationSpectacle Blind A combined spade and slip ring in figure 8 shape rated to matchflange fittingsLong Term Isolation An isolation that remains in place after Work Permit cancellation
3 REFERENCES
Oil Industry Advisory Committee, The Safe Isolation of Plant and Equipment
MHS 07, Permit to Work Standard

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