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Mechanical Integrity: Equipment Compliance

November 7, 2017 | 10:00 - 11:00 am CST

For the past two decades, equipment engineers and reliability professionals have discussed the issue of assessing and managing the compliance of existing process plant equipment with minimal documentation.

The lack of code documentation can vary. Process plant owners and operators must comply with the requirements outlined in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 1910.119 standards for process safety management of highly hazardous chemicals. Additional codes and standards, including ASME, API and NBIC, have prescribed methods to verify the operating integrity of equipment. However, there is not a unique written procedure for both (1) verifying equipment integrity and (2) establishing safety and jurisdictional compliance.

ABS Group has the plant equipment engineering and NBIC R-Stamp capabilities, along with asset and mechanical integrity services, to help plant owners/operators gain compliance by verifying equipment in accordance with OSHA requirements.

This webinar will present the following:

  • Road map for assessing mechanical integrity
  • Cost-effective process for the verification and compliance needs of equipment without documentation
  • Steps prescribed in the mentioned codes and standards
  • Examples related to fulfilling the requirements

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Morteza K. Jafari, P.E.

Morteza K. Jafari, P.E., is Director of Asset Integrity Management at ABS Group. Jafari is a senior registered professional engineer with over 30 years of experience in integrity management, welding engineering, mechanical engineering, fitness for service, risk based inspection, quality assurance (QA), quality control (QC), inspection and nondestructive test (NDT) evaluations, auditing, and training of personnel working in the Oil, Gas and Chemical industries, on structural steel buildings and bridges, as well as in the nuclear industry. He has provided process equipment engineering for gas storage, gathering fields, transmission and distribution facilities and has gained practical experience working on both domestic and international projects in field construction and manufacturing environments. He is responsible for developing equipment specifications and records, equipment design and re-rate calculations; fitness for service; working with destructive and NDT equipment; testing, inspection and QC of parts used in buildings and bridges and in oil and gas fields; corrosion control of internal and external equipment; and supervision of technicians and engineers. Additionally he prepares bids, proposals and reports; develops QA/QC manuals, specifications and procedures; organizes QA/QC personnel; designs and implements QA/QC programs; and is involved in the development, training and qualification of NDT procedures. 

About ABS Group

ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (ABS Group) and its operating subsidiaries provide risk management solutions and certification services worldwide that help clients address the safety, integrity, quality and environmental efficiency of critical assets and operations. Headquartered in Spring, Texas, ABS Group operates with more than 1200 professionals across the globe, serving the marine and offshore, oil, gas and chemical, government, power and energy and industrial sectors. ABS Group is a subsidiary of ABS (, a leading marine and offshore classification society.

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