So, how do you determine which work orders fall into what category? The first place to start would be with a firm understanding of the definitions.
- Change is an alteration or adjustment to any component, variable or property within an existing system (except those within clearly defined boundaries or responsibilities).
- According to the OSHA standard, changes that require management are defined as “any change (except replacement-in-kind) to process chemicals, technology, equipment, and procedures; and changes to facilities that affect a covered process.”
- A simple definition used in plant awareness training is – “If new equipment is not previously documented or procedures are not already written, then it is a management of change issue.”
Some examples of change are:
- changes that alter production rates
- changes involving safety relief or vent systems
- deteriorating materials
- Facility changes made to significantly increase storage capacity of a hazardous chemical
- New tools and equipment
- Changing the method or control scheme of an instrument loop
- Alterations to protective equipment systems – eg. changes involving safety relief or vent systems