Implementing Risk-based Work Selection Practices
Implementing Risk-based Work Selection practices for Shutdown Maintenance will increase plant utilization and reduce cost.
In your last shutdown did you:
- select, plan, schedule, and execute unnecessary maintenance and equipment repairs that caused you to go over budget or overtime?
- make repairs to equipment that could have been safely executed on a routine basis
- repair equipment that had a long remaining life and could have waited until a future shutdown?
If you answer 'yes' to these questions, chances are that you have a problem with your shutdown work selection practices and process. Choosing the right work will result in a safe, on-time and on budget shutdown.
The savings from implementing risk-based work selection practices are significant. For many industries, the matrix doesn’t have to be complex. Below, is an example of a risk matrix from a plant. They used this tool to select and determine the right work. The result is a reliably running plant until the next scheduled shutdown.
The Risk matrix should match your business objectives and provides a framework for decision-making throughout the organization. This ensures a level of consistency across the site in-line with the overall strategic objectives.
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