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 an installation or during the operation of a facility. Following a written scheme, the verification process examines a facility’s safety critical equipment, the associated operator programs of inspection & maintenance, assuring that performance standards are achieved and maintained.
What are the key benefits?
The independent verification activity gives the operator and regulator confidence in the suitability of risk management measures. It also confirms that the operator’s arrangements for operation and maintenance are delivering the level of performance as defined by the performance standards.
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 a facility lifecycle:
- Design of new facilities;
- Operation and modification;
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?
Because verification is a sampling process, it does not normally lead to the issue of a certificate. Bureau Veritas provides reports on the status of the verification scheme detailing any anomalies or nonconformities. The reports highlight areas for improvement.
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