Compliance Services

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APSM Site Development and support

NEAS is a proud partner of APSM which is a leading cloud-based software for adding structure, organization and accountability to your compliance program that is available from anywhere you might be.

Process Hazard Analysis (PHA)

A process hazard analysis is a set of organized and systematic assessments of the potential hazards associated with an industrial process. NEAS will work with our facility and members to perform the most effective PHA possible. Whether it be your initial PHA, 3-year Refresher or a capital projects PHA to analyze where the priorities for the falling year should be focused.

IRC Inventory and Relief calculations

As part of the Process Safety Information (PSI) requirements, NEAS is certified in performing the most detailed inventory and relief calculations required by IIAR. Industrial Refrigeration Consortium (IRC) is the most descriptive and accurate way of performing these calculations.

Ventilation Calculations

Per ANSI/IIAR and ANSI/ASHRAE every refrigeration mechanical room has to meet strict criteria for fresh air intake and ventilation should a leak occur within the mechanical room. This criterion is often the first line of defense in life saving equipment and should not be taken lightly.

vibration analysis

Vibration analysis is a highly effective way of monitoring and detecting issues associated with rotating machinery and structures. Vibration analysis can detect such problems as: Bearing Failures, Mis-alignments, Electrical Motor Faults, Shaft Deviations, Cavitation, Critical Speeds.

engineering Design and Analysis with Pe certification

Let our Professional Engineer review your drawings and calculations for peace of mind. Our industry experience helps provide you the comfort of knowing your projects are engineered and designed to the highest standard.

Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs)

IP&ID is a schematic illustration of the functional relationship of piping, instrumentation, and system equipment components. It shows all the piping including the physical sequence of branches, fittings, equipment, instrumentation and control interlocks. These schematics play a key role in safe operation and understanding of a refrigeration system and should be updated whenever a change to the system is made. Along with Block Flow Diagrams, these schematics are required within your facilities PSI Documentation.

Isometric Drawing Packages

 NEAS can provide detailed isometric drawings or current plant configuration or design isometric drawing packages for any project needs.

 

Design Drawing Packages

NEAS utilizes some of the industries most advance software for 3-d modeling and drafting. No project is to big or small for NEAS engineering team.

custom mfg. (welding, cnc milling, and lathe, etc.)

With NEAS’ full machine shop, we have all the capabilities of manufacturing parts on a tight deadline to help keep you up and running.

custom control panel design, mfg, and installation

Does your facility need a small pump controller or are you looking at an entire plant control system? New England Ammonia Safety can support any size control project. We offer our own custom design, built, and installed panels. Tired of proprietary software? NEAS provides all source does with our control panel builds.

valve tag and pipe label and installation

With our Pipe Marker machines and Laser Engraver for valve tags we can effectively and efficiently bring your refrigeration system up to compliance to meet the most recent ANSI/IIAR Standard 2-2014 Addendum A (2019) American National Standard for Safe Design of Closed-Circuit Ammonia Refrigeration Systems.

psm/rmp or gdc programs

Creating a PSM/RMP or GDC program can be a daunting and tedious task. Our Compliance Specialists and Assistants will build you the most thorough program on the market. After your compliance program is complete you can be assured that we are more than happy to maintain your program and teach you all the facets of your requirements along the way.

tailored ammonia awareness training

Our Compliance Specialists will build custom tailored Ammonia Awareness Training for your facility and come to your site to train each and every employee.

standard operating procedures (Sops) Authoring, review & certification

NEAS is fully staffed with experienced operators to author all of your SOPs for your facility, meeting the most recent ANSI/IIAR Standard 7-2019 American National Standard for Developing Operating Procedures for Closed-Circuit Ammonia Refrigeration Systems. Our online software will remind effected employees of SOP training and keep documentation after completion, all in one place.

Process Safety Management (PSM) and Regulatory Compliance
 

We offer engineering consulting expertise to aid our client in developing, implementing, and maintaining a custom-tailored Process Safety Management (PSM) program.

Our PSM programs provide great value by establishing a holistic approach that enables our clients to go beyond regulatory compliance. Our programs encompass a variety of refining, petrochemical, and chemical plant assets from pressure vessels, storage tanks, and piping systems to pressure relief, vent, and emergency shutdown systems, all the way down to rotating equipment and controls such as sensors, alarms, and interlocks.

Process Safety Management (PSM) Program Development

Our engineering consultants advise process plants on the development of OSHA-compliant Process Safety Management (PSM) programs, critique existing programs using in-depth gap analyses, and modify existing programs using NDT technologies and risk based inspection (RBI) methodologies based on each facility’s unique needs.

As stated in the PSM Standard, a sound MI program needs to illustrate several important factors:

  • The program needs to be based on “Good Engineering Practices.”
  • The program must be developed in a procedural fashion.
  • Plant inspections need to be carried out by certified inspection professionals.
  • Inspection results need to be documented and maintained in an organized fashion.
  • The program must meet the prevailing codes and standards available to industry.

While many current MI programs are focused on predicting or preventing pressure equipment failure, our comprehensive mechanical integrity programs are offered as plant-wide initiatives to maximize safety and efficiency, with all solutions grounded in Recognized and Generally Accepted Good Engineering Practices (RAGAGEP).

Process Hazard Analysis (PHA)

Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) studies are a thorough, systematic approach for identifying, evaluating, and controlling the hazards of processes involving highly-hazardous chemicals, as required by the Occupational Health & Safety Association (OSHA).

As companies need to perform an initial hazard evaluation on all processes covered by this standard, MISTRAS’ experienced consultants have the technical expertise and industry knowledge to support them.

MISTRAS helps our clients first determine and document the priority order for conducting PHA, based on the extent of the process hazards, the number of potentially-affected employees, the age of the process, and the operating history of the process. PHAs must be updated and re-validated at least every five years.

The PHA methodology selected must be appropriate to the complexity of the process and must identify, evaluate, and control the hazards involved in the process. All PHAs must address multiple factors, including:

  • Hazards of the process
  • Identification of any previous incident that had a potential for catastrophic consequences in the workplace
  • Consequences of failure of engineering/administrative controls
  • Facility siting
  • Human factors
  • Qualitative evaluation of a range of the possible safety/health effects on the workforce if there is a failure of controls

Once the PHA is completed, MISTRAS supports our clients in addressing PHA findings/recommendations; ensuring that the recommendations are resolved in a timely manner; and documenting, maintaining, and communicating findings to employees whose work assignments may be affected by the PHA recommendations or actions.

Integrity Operating Windows (IOWs) and Management of Change (MoC)

In addition to the requirements above, the optimal PSM program includes integrity operating windows (IOWs) and management-of-change programs. In offering these solutions, this enables our clients to get more value out of their PSM programs than standard regulatory compliance.

As defined in American Petroleum Institute’s (API) RP 584, integrity operating windows are established limits for process variables (parameters) that can affect the integrity of the equipment if the process operation deviates from the established limits for a predetermined length of time. In short, IOWs establish acceptable limits of process variations before an asset begins to incur damage.

MoC programs govern the documentation of changes that affect processes, such as an equipment, procedure, or chemical change.

These programs are most effective when they are fully-integrated into plant operations, as changes in one process can affect another that may be overseen by a separate service provider, increasing safety risks if the proper MoC steps are not taken. This makes our uniquely-suited to support our clients in IOW program development and management.

We offers subject matter experts (SMEs) in multiple engineering disciplines, and our inspection and maintenance services and plant-wide data-management software, PCMS, enable our clients to stay informed when process variables become unsafe and quickly take action to reduce risks to equipment and personnel.

 

Engineering Consulting Services

 

Engineering Consulting services specialize in design, evaluation, engineering, and analysis of assets and facilities to maximize efficiency, production, and safety while minimizing risk and waste.

Our engineering consulting services are designed to support facilities in the main areas:

Profit Improvement

 Our engineering teams are dedicated not only to making sure your operations are safe, but to keeping them running full steam ahead at all times, through operations, reliability, and facility design support.

Operations Support

Our experienced technical staff offer professional support to augment your on-site facility operating personnel during peak work or problem periods, with rapid mobilization and response time.

  • Process monitoring and evaluation
  • Debottlenecking
  • Troubleshooting
  • Performance optimization
  • Benchmarking
  • Control system improvements
  • Pre-commissioning, commissioning, and startup assistance
  • Operating guidelines
  • Performance test procedures
  • Process documentation
  • Operator and technical staff training
Energy Management

Energy consumption makes up about 30-50% of a refinery’s operating costs, we provide engineering consulting services to help our clients focus on a few major opportunity areas to optimize this spending. Our plan is broken down into four major steps:

  • Scope: This first step sets the stage by quantifying expected results, and then defining the scope, objectives, boundaries, plans and schedule for the next steps.
  • Assess: Identification and sharing of best practices and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). Our engineers will help clients focus attention on areas that present the greatest opportunities for optimization. These usually include improving the operating efficiency of fired heaters, distillation units, and steam systems, along with maximizing heat usage.
  • Plan: Engineers assist in the preparation of a high-yield implementation plan, based on the opportunities identified in the Assessment step. We’ll help set priorities by benchmarking expected savings against industry standards.
  • Implement: We’ll support plant management in jointly developing performance metrics, targets, and milestones against which to gauge the plan’s progress and effectiveness.
Project Planning & Execution

Our engineering SMEs provide services to help our clients manage their engineering and construction projects, including planning for overall project execution and supporting plant start-up.

Our capital project services include:
  • Preparation and/or review of the refinery inputs to process licensors
  • Material and technology selection assistance and reviews
  • Retained equipment and piping serviceability reviews
  • Welding standards development and Welding Procedure Specification (WPS) reviews
  • Participation in the kick-off meeting with the licensor/engineering contractor
  • Equipment design and asset design standards reviews (mid-point & final)
  • Hazard and Operability (HAZOP)
  • Preparation and/or review of operating guides
  • Review of the operating manuals
  • Start-up assistance
  • Performance and/or guarantee test participation
  • Third party fabrication shop inspection and metallurgical/welding engineering support
  • Project field execution technical support – variance resolution, field execution instructions, and more
  • Coatings and refractory standards development

IIn addition to capital construction projects, we also support clients in designing and implementing Asset Integrity Management (AIMS) and Mechanical Integrity (MI) programs.

Facility Reliability & Maintenance

 
 

Refineries, manufacturing and petrochemical facilities, and other process plants must contend with high maintenance costs to repair unreliable equipment, along with the opportunity costs unexpected equipment failure leads to unplanned downtime.

We offer reliability & maintenance engineering services and programs to help ensure not only that our clients’ equipment is reliably in-service, but also operating as efficiently as it can be. We work to help you make informed maintenance decisions.

Maintenance Management & Effectiveness

 

We’ll help your staff identify the vital decisions that most significantly impact reliability and plant maintenance costs, and we help you implement strategic changes that address the issues.

Our Maintenance Management programs are strategic initiatives to optimize maintenance spending. We can help you and your staff to assess overall maintenance effectiveness, incorporate industry-best-practices, and define and achieve specific improvement objectives for reliability and maintenance in both organizational design and procedures.

Maintenance Management engineering services focus on a handful of important areas:

  • Maintenance Philosophy
  • Goals and Objectives
  • Work Planning and Scheduling
  • Staffing and Contract Control
  • Maintenance Work Procedures
  • Technical Support and Training
  • Organization Design
  • Safety
  • Proactive Maintenance
  • Budget and Cost Control
  • Process Operations

 

Improve Reliability and Optimize Maintenance Spending

Turnarounds are one of the most significant areas that lead to high maintenance costs, but plant management often times can reduce these costs through more effective turnaround planning.

A targeted slice of our Maintenance Management programs, our turnaround planning services help you optimize your turnarounds through three steps: assessing current effectiveness, benchmarking the competition, and developing an implementation plan.

Assessing Current Effectiveness

We help you define key performance measures for your upcoming turnaround, and identify any existing or potential barriers. We also conduct extensive reviews to pinpoint any major areas of opportunity that had been previously identified, and estimate the anticipated incentives for each area of improvement.

Benchmarking the Competition

In this step, we identify procedures for screening, budgeting, and schedule turnaround work, and use this information to predict the estimated run length of the turnaround. We also compare existing processes against industry competition and best practices.

Developing a Turnaround Implementation Plan

In the final planning step, we define action steps and assign responsibilities, along with identifying the training needs for turnaround execution personnel. We’ll establish turnaround milestones, and compile an implementation schedule that ensures turnaround work will be completed safely and effectively.

 

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