Mechanical Integrity (MI) is a management system or program designed to cover process safety critical equipment subject to regulatory compliance (i.e. 29 CFR 1910.119(j), EPA RMP) to prevent or minimize catastrophic release of toxic, reactive, flammable, or explosive chemicals.  An MI program must have written procedures that at a minimum address static / fixed equipment, rotating equipment, relief systems, instrumented, electrical and controls systems –including emergency shutdown systems. 

Equipment reliability is also key objective of MI help meet corporate financial goals. The program basis is Recognized and Generally Accepted Good Engineering Practices (RAGAGEP) from sources such as ASME and API that are also supplemented with company and peer learnings as appropriate. Since this is a lifecycle approach, the process starts at design and proceeds through construction, startup, operations, and eventually dismantlement/remediation. 

This survey is focused on benchmarking organizations based on their existing MI programs.  People who take part in this survey will receive a free copy of the report generated from the survey results. All results will be aggregated; no individually identifying information will be included in the final report.

Complete the survey to be entered to win one of several $100 Amazon gift cards that will be given away monthly.

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* 1. In what industry sector does your company primarily operate? (check all that apply)

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* 2. Roughly how many full-time employees does your organization (across all locations) have?

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* 3. In thinking about your overall MI program (i.e. administration, quality assurance, quality control of spares, inspections, testing, repair and replacement, maintenance training), how effective are your organization’s management systems in achieving your equipment safety and reliability (including uptime) goals? Use a scale of one to five, where one means “Not effective at all” and five means “Very effective.”

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* 4. How would you specifically rate the effectiveness of your MI procedures for the following equipment types:

- Pressure vessels and storage tanks
- Piping systems
- Relief and vent systems and devices, including relief system design and design basis.
- Emergency shutdown systems
- Instruments and Controls
- Pumps / rotating equipment

Use a scale of one to five, where one means “Not effective at all” and five means “Very effective.”

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* 5. Which of the following maintenance types are a challenge for your organization in terms of program design and/or implementation? (select all that apply)

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* 6. In your opinion, how effectively does your organization integrate Management of Change (MOC) into your MI Program?  (e.g., changes in the field drive updates to the MI Program, and conversely changes made the MI program such as shortening inspection frequencies that are subject to MOC) 

Use a scale of one to five, where one means “Not effective at all” and five means “Very effective.”

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* 7. Thinking about your organization, do you think critical support functions such as Supply Chain and Procurement sometimes inadvertently circumvent your MI Quality Assurance and Control processes in any of the following ways? (select all that apply)

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* 8. What do you see as the most challenging aspect of an effective MI Program? (select all that apply)

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* 9. Thinking about how your organization manages MI, for what aspects do you currently depend on software (meaning not Excel spreadsheets or internal databases, but rather specific MI software)?

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* 10. What percentage of your organization’s MI activities, including those listed in Question 9, are primarily managed via paper, spreadsheet, or internal database systems?

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