Verifying your asset integrity
The trend for regulators and multi-national oil companies to move from prescriptive forms of safety regulation to goal-setting approaches is resulting in changes in the way that operators manage their facilities.
Under these new approaches the operators themselves now define the performance standards that facilities must achieve within an overall legislative framework.
The approach requires owners / operators (duty holders) to identify Safety Critical Elements (SCE) and Performance Standards (PS). They must then operate and maintain each facility ensuring that the desired standards of performance are achieved throughout its entire lifetime from design to decommissioning.
What is Independent Verification?
Under a goal-setting approach to asset integrity, verification involves independent and competent scrutiny of safety-critical elements throughout the lifecycle of the installation or facility.
Following a written scheme, the verification process examines a facility’s safety critical equipment and the associated operator programmes of inspection and maintenance and assures that performance standards are achieved and maintained.
Why Choose Bureau Veritas?
Bureau Veritas is an industry leader in the development, delivery and maintenance of verification schemes (written schemes) through all phases of facility lifecycle:
design of new facilities
operation and modification
Our sample-based approach allows efficient coverage of the safety critical elements while retaining focus on the most important items.
Bureau Veritas also offers BVnet – a web-based solution for workflow management, document storage, reporting, management of findings, and production of statistics. This powerful management tool enables a live view of the status of verification activities – inspections, witnessing and review activities. The tool is customizable to meet contract needs.
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
Can you help to identify the SCE and write suitable Performance Standards (PS)?
Yes, although the operators always retain ownership and responsibility for the SCE and PS.
We provide consultancy services to help operators define appropriate standards of performance for the safety critical elements, but we also ensure that the verification activities are entirely separate from any consultancy services. The verification activity must be truly independent.
Will I receive a certificate after verification?
Verification is a sampling process so it does not normally lead to the issue of a certificate. Instead Bureau Veritas provides reports on the status of the verification scheme detailing any anomalies or non-conformities. This report highlights areas for improvement.
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