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Management of Change is necessary to assure safe implementation of any change to current operations using appropriate evaluation and assignment of agreed upon actions.

1. PURPOSE:

The purpose of this document is to specify the methods used in the Plant to manage change. Management of Change is necessary to assure safe implementation of any change to current operations using appropriate evaluation and assignment of agreed upon actions.

2. SCOPE:

This document applies to all areas, and all processes, all employees, visitors, and contractors within the Plant. It outlines the general procedures and requirements for scheduling, preparation, review content, documentation, authorization, auditing, and training for the management of change system. Quality issues may be addressed also.

3. REQUIREMENTS

3.1 Definitions

3.1.1. Categories of Change

3.1.1.1. Identical Substitution means the replacement of one item with another identical item from the same manufacturer. Everything must be exactly the same, including the model number and materials of construction.

3.1.1.2. Replacement in Kind means the replacement of a piece of equipment, process, operating procedure, or material with one that is designed identically, performs identically, and meets the same standard, specifications, and codes. (An exception is that safety related process control systems such as interlocks must always be treated as basic changes.)

3.1.1.3. Basic Change means a deliberate change in equipment, process, operating procedure, organization, or material; or any non-routine operation.

3.1.1.4. Major Facility or Process Change means a significant “basic change”. It includes introduction of a new process; installation of major new equipment; installation of new raw material bulk storage; significant chemistry or hazardous process change; and new hazardous raw material introduction. This type of change requires an EHS review and possibly other more extensive process hazard analyses in order to identify all issues.

NOTE: A site may use its own terms to describe the above change definitions.

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