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Management of Change

Management of Change

Management of Change (MOC) is perhaps the most difficult business process to embed in an organization. Operational Sustainability takes a holistic approach to Management of Change that drives our roadmap for MOC. The policies, standards, procedures and field guides we’ve produced will help organizations who need to bring clarity, consistency, and documentation to bear within their facilities and culture. Whether your struggle is drafting a PSSR Policy, a Management of Organizational Change Policy, or an Alarm Change Procedure – we can help. Trust our industry experts for content you can either put into use right out of the box, or can customize to fit your organization’s needs.

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Pre-Startup Safety Review

PSSR is closely associated with Management of Change (MOC) and is required anytime a modification is significant enough to change the Process Safety Information (PSI). The purpose of PSSR is to prevent process incidents by assuring mechanical completion of the project, procedures are in place and adequate, a PHA or other hazard review is conducted with action items resolved, and training is complete. History has shown that approved chemical process changes can result in incidents due to errors where specifications, methods, construction, etc., are not executed per requirements. PSSR is required due to a number of related industry incidents where oversights in the review process, communication, or field installation resulted in releases of toxic chemicals, fires, or explosions. PSSR is generally facilitated by a number of checklists that are completed by several areas of expertise. This includes engineering, operations, maintenance, electrical, instrumentation, safety, environmental, and other disciplines. PSSR requires a formal system to assure operational readiness for a chemical process. PSSR is basically a project management framework to assure that all critical tasks are completed prior to startup.

Business Benefits

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Mobility

OS offers an enterprise mobility platform for process safety management and other key business requirements. In particular, MOC and PSSR Mobile puts mission critical information in the hands of your EH&S, maintenance, and engineering personnel to more efficiently execute changes and startups. From initiating changes in a click of a button to approving MOCs with a single checkbox, OS Mobility enables field workers to proactively and easily initiate and progress MOCs from their mobile device, in the field. Operators can access complete information on work order status, permit isolation conditions, and other important process safety information on the fly, in the field. OS’s PSSR mobile application makes it easy to address PSSR checklist items from a tablet or phone. Whether you are starting up a pump, involved in a complex turnaround, or conducting ad hoc maintenance activities, work orders and MOCs are at your disposal on your device at any time. The result is reduced cycle time, less risk, and improved operational readiness.

Services

Management of Change is perhaps the most difficult business process to implement at a facility.

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In advanced operating cultures, MOC extends beyond compliance to become an effectiveness and efficiency solution with a significant positive impact on profitability. Done well, MOC can drive down operating costs; but all too often, MOC is vetted out in isolation without full business process integration and then cannot deliver the full potential for business benefits. Our team can help you assess, plan, implement, and improve your MOC process.

Technical Content

Operational Sustainability, LLC® assists clients with Management of Change by developing business processes, standards, policies, procedures, and field guides. The Operational Sustainability OESuite™ software effectively addresses all aspects of change from an integrated perspective, including facility, technology, and personnel changes. Our Management of Change software comes with pre-configured MOC templates, reports, and dashboards.

Integrations

A robust MOC solution incorporates a Pre-Startup Safety Review (PSSR) process step. The PSSR is meant to assure that all punch list items are complete, procedures are updated, and training on the change is conducted prior to startup. PSSR is usually facilitated by a series of checklists that help determine that construction is in accordance with design specs and more simply that bolts are tight, safety showers functional, alarms audible, and a host of other issues all based on the scope of the change. A PSSR can be a standalone activity (i.e., Ad hoc Maintenance).

MOC regulates direct modifications to refining and chemical processes as well as changes that have indirect impact such as personnel changes. It is designed to require change review and approval in order to prevent process safety incidents. Performing MOC well delivers additional payback including fewer unplanned outages since equipment uptime will be increased and startups decreased. MOC is a core framework element for Intelligent Operations leading to Operational Excellence.

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