Line Opening & Tie In Procedure - ISNetworld RAVS Section - US

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Line Opening & Tie In Procedure Safety Program - ISNetworld RAVS Section - US

This Line Opening & Tie In Procedure Safety Program (ISNetworld® RAVS®* Section), in addition to being a complete and functioning written safety program (chapter), it also contains all the required text elements that are sought by the ISNetworld RAVS® (Review And Verification Service) reviewer. This plan has been previously submitted and has achieved a 100% approval rating for our clients.

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  • Line Opening & Tie In Procedure Program:
  • Approximate Word Count: 2,010
  • Approximate Number of Pages: 19
  • Page Reference Answers to RAVS Reviewer’s Questions: 4

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An excerpt from ISNetworld® RAVS®* Safety plan Line Opening & Tie In Procedure Safety Program


      For Replace with company name employees to follow directions for entering piping systems or equipment that has been in operation containing product and/or pressure.


      First line breaks can come in many areas.  Some examples are breaking flanges to install blinds, removing blinds, tie-ins, hot taps, removing valve packing, etc.  All first line breaks shall be managed according to this procedure.

 Preparing and Authorizing First Line Break

Every attempt shall be made to have owner personnel make the first line break. 

Any site/facility considering a first line break shall develop a site-specific plan that addresses all provisions outlined in this procedure.  The plan shall include lockout/tagout/try provisions, training requirements, necessary steps to take to ensure that no unknown substances, chemicals, or processes are in the system, and the methods to be taken for preventing, containing, collecting, and disposing of spilled materials.  The site/facility manager shall approve the plan.

The system, including all valves and pumps, shall be isolated and de-energized according to PMI Isolation Procedure of this manual.  The system shall be depressurized, drained, flushed, and vented to prepare the system for safe opening.

The superintendent responsible shall complete the Tie In / Line Opening Checklist.  The superintendent shall work with the facility owner to complete the permit and to prepare the system for opening.

Only employees approved by the superintendent and trained to make first line breaks shall perform this type of work.  The training shall include hazard communication information regarding the material in the pipeline, the appropriate PPE required, emergency action plans, locations of emergency showers and their operation, proper first aid procedures if contact with the material occurs, and the detailed explanation of the first line break plan.  A Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) shall be completed and taught to each involved employee prior to the first line break.  Employees shall be trained to report if any hazardous chemical or other toxic substance comes in contact with eyes, skin, clothing, or shoes, or if they inhale a hazardous chemical or other toxic substance.  The superintendent shall maintain a list of approved employees.  No employee may begin making a first line break until he/she has received and acknowledged understanding of specific safety and health instructions.