A planned shutdown is ideal and should be carefully planned months in advance. A well prepared shutdown gives operators the opportunity to repair and prevent issues which will help to avoid unplanned shutdowns, outages or worker injuries. Planned shutdowns should be viewed as an investment, not an expense. AMA has been involved in helping clients manage their shutdowns for many years, here are some tips to help you with your next one:
- Scheduling to Minimize Disruption: Shutdowns should be planned and executed with the least amount of disruption to regular operations. The operating schedule needs to be carefully considered, a detailed planning of the shutdown work needs to occur and all key operations and maintenance personnel should be included in the planning process.
- Safety: Focusing on the Industry specific hazards should be a big consideration during shutdown planning. Most facilities typically
postpose a risk of exposure to toxic chemicals and fumes, flammable gases, etc.
- Importance of Hiring Experienced, Third-Party Inspectors: Hire an experienced company that understands the importance of planned maintenance. The team you hire should employ trained personnel who are knowledgeable about the specific systems and processes that is involved in your facility.