To instill a sense of ownership, each operator may be assigned a portion of procedures to
develop, review, and maintenance, even if the first draft of the procedures is written by someone
else. This approach is not intended to preclude other workers from writing or amending
procedures. Rather, it ensures that someone takes responsibility for their accuracy, timely
completion, and current applicability.
Corresponding DOE Programs and Requirements
DOE O 5480.19 Chg 2, CONDUCT OF OPERATIONS REQUIREMENTS FOR DOE
FACILITIES, and DOE O 440.1A, WORKER PROTECTION MANAGEMENT FOR DOE
FEDERAL AND CONTRACTOR EMPLOYEES, contain provisions for written operating
procedures. Operating procedures for processes covered by the PSM Rule should be reviewed to
ensure that they comply with these requirements. Safe work practices should be reviewed to
ensure that they are current. Additional safe work practices may need to be developed if PrHAs
identify frequently encountered hazards that are not unique to a given process. Additional DOE
guidance is provided in DOE-STD-1029-92 (CH-1), Writer's Guide for Technical Procedures.
If operators are to work safely and efficiently, they must understand the reasons for the actions
described. Therefore, operating procedures for chemical processes covered by the PSM Rule
should describe operator interactions with process units, explaining why actions are to be carried
out in the manner described. Generally, procedures should be written at a level of detail such that
1) an experienced operator who is not familiar with a particular process unit could run the unit
with minimal supervision or help from other operators, or 2) the least experienced operator
released for unsupervised work could run the unit. Operating procedures should be readily
available for rapid reference.
DOE contractors should develop their own "systems" for confirming that the operating
procedures are current and accurate. Contractors must certify annually that procedures for
operation of covered processes are current and accurate [Q60].
Minimum Implementation Criteria
Operating procedures must be developed to cover all phases of process operations, including the
Initial startup [Q62].
Normal operation and/or partial operation.
Start-up following a turnaround or after an emergency shutdown.