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Equipment Commissioning Checklist

Updated April 17, 2017

An equipment commissioning checklist is used as a tool for approving completed installation of equipment that uses hazardous materials. The contents of the equipment commissioning checklist are not intended to address the safety and regulatory measures related to installation, but to review the safety, health and regulatory issues of the equipment installation itself.

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The main purpose of the equipment commissioning checklist is to ensure that all projects are designed and installed in a way that follows established codes and regulations as well as sound engineering practices. The checklist also aims to address issues related to safety, health and environment impact. Last, the document provides a record of each installation and review as required by law.

Two-Step Process

Implementation of the equipment commissioning checklist involves a two-step process based on its sections. The document is divided into two sections, with the first section covering electrical and mechanical issues and also the release of non-hazardous product materials. This section also facilitates their release. Section Two covers release of hazardous materials and physical hazards. The requirements of both sections must be fulfilled before the equipment can become operational.

Review of the Installation Process

Section One of the checklist is designed to ensure that the equipment is ready for use. Once the equipment is set and the connections are made, a review of the installation process up to that point is carried out. The purpose of this section is to enable the user to perform all the required system checks and make corrections if needed before the hazardous materials can be introduced.

Verify Equipment Is Ready for Use

Section Two of the equipment commissioning checklist is used to verify and make sure that the equipment can withstand mechanical hazards. Upon completion of this section, the equipment is approved to become fully operational and can then be released for process qualification and commissioned for use. In general, this section covers the topics associated with safety. It addresses the questions of whether new hazards can arise and whether there is a need for further training on the part of the emergency response team.

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About the Author

Based in Nairobi, Kenya, David Karanja has been writing since 2008. His articles have appeared in newspapers such as “Our Sunday Visitor," “Weekly Citizen” and “People Daily." Karanja holds a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from the University of Nairobi.

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