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SEMS II Program Criteria

Operating Procedures

You should develop and implement written operating procedures that provide instructions for conducting safe and environmentally sound activities involved in each operation addressed in the SEMS II program.

The SEMS II program should establish and implement safe work practices designed to minimize the risks associated with:

  1. operations
  2. maintenance
  3. modification activities
  4. handling hazardous materials and substances

Operating Procedure Elements

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SEMS II operating procedures should include the job title and reporting relationship of the person or persons responsible for each of the facility's operating areas and address the following:

  • initial startup
  • normal operations
  • all emergency operations (including but not limited to medical evacuations, weather-related evacuations and emergency shutdown operations)
  • normal shutdown
  • startup following a turnaround, or after an emergency shutdown
  • bypassing and flagging out-of-service equipment
  • safety and environmental consequences of deviating from the equipment operating limits and steps required to correct or avoid this deviation
  • properties of, and hazards presented by, the chemicals used in the operations
  • precautions you will take to prevent the exposure of chemicals used in the operations to personnel and the environment (including control technology, personal protective equipment, and measures to be taken if physical contact or airborne exposure occurs)
  • raw materials used in the operations and the quality control procedures you used in purchasing these raw materials
  • control of hazardous chemical inventory
  • impacts to the human and marine environment identified through the hazards analysis

Operating procedures should be accessible to all employees involved in the operations. They should be reviewed at the conclusion of specified periods and as often as necessary to assure they reflect current and actual operating practices, including any changes made to the operations.

You should develop and implement safe and environmentally sound work practices for identified hazards during operations and the degree of hazard presented.

The reviewing and changing procedures should be documented and communicated to responsible personnel.

Contractor Selection

The SEMS II program should document contractor selection criteria. When selecting a contractor, you should obtain and evaluate information regarding the contractor’s safety record and environmental performance.

Ensure that contractors have their own written safe work practices. Contractors may adopt appropriate sections of the SEMS II program.

You and the contractor should document an agreement on appropriate contractor safety and environmental policies and practices before the contractor begins work at the facilities.

A contractor is anyone performing work for you. However, these requirements do not apply to contractors providing domestic services to you or other contractors. Domestic services include:

  • janitorial work
  • food and beverage service
  • laundry service
  • housekeeping
  • similar activities

Document Contractor Qualifications

Document, in writing, that the contracted employees are knowledgeable and experienced in the work practices necessary to perform their job in a safe and environmentally sound manner.

  • Document, in writing, each contracted employee's expertise to perform his/her job.
  • Provide a copy of the contractor's safety policies and procedures to the operator and BSEE upon request.

Contractor Selection Procedures

Include SEMS II procedures for selecting and verifying the following:

  • contractors have the skills and knowledge to perform their assigned duties
  • contractors are conducting activities in accordance with the requirements in the SEMS II program
  • making the results of the selection and verification of contractors available to BSEE upon request

The SEMS II program should include procedures and verification that contractor personnel understand and can perform their assigned duties for activities such as, but not limited to:

  • installation, maintenance, or repair of equipment
  • construction, startup, and operation of the facilities
  • turnaround operations
  • major renovation
  • specialty work
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Contractor Selection Procedures (Continued)

You should perform periodic evaluations of the performance of contract employees that verifies they are fulfilling their obligations.

You should also maintain a contractor employee injury and illness log for 2 years related to the contractor's work in the operation area, and include this information on Form BSEE-0131.

You should inform the contractors of any known hazards at the facility they are working on including, but not limited to fires, explosions, slips, trips, falls, other injuries, and hazards associated with lifting operations.

You should develop and implement safe work practices to control the presence, entrance, and exit of contract employees in operation areas.

Training Criteria

The SEMS II program should establish and implement a training program so that all personnel are trained in accordance with their duties and responsibilities to work safely and are aware of potential environmental impacts.

Training should address at least the following topics:

  • operating procedures (250.1913)
  • safe work practices (250.1914)
  • emergency response and control measures (250.1918)
  • SWA (250.1930)
  • UWA (250.1931)
  • EPP (250.1932)
  • reporting unsafe working conditions (250.1933)
  • how to recognize and identify hazards and how to construct and implement JSAs (250.1911)

You should also document the instructors’ training qualifications.

Training Criteria (Continued)

The SEMS II training program should include each of the following elements:

  • Initial orientation and training for the basic well-being of personnel and protection of the environment, and ensure that persons assigned to operate and maintain the facility possess the required knowledge and skills to carry out their duties and responsibilities, including startup and shutdown.
  • Periodic training to maintain understanding of, and adherence to, the current operating procedures, using periodic drills, to verify adequate retention of the required knowledge and skills.
  • Communication requirements to ensure that personnel will be informed of and trained as outlined in this section whenever a change is made in any of the areas in the SEMS II program that impacts their ability to properly understand and perform their duties and responsibilities. Training and/or notice of the change should be given before personnel are expected to operate the facility.
  • How you will verify that the contractors are trained in the work practices necessary to understand and perform their jobs in a safe and environmentally sound manner in accordance with all provisions of this section.

Instructions

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1. SEMS II operating procedures should include job title, reporting relationships and address each of the following elements, except _____.

2. SEMS II operating procedures should include job title, reporting relationships and address each of the following elements, except _____.

3. SEMS II contractor selection requirements apply to all of the following classifications of contractors, except _____.

4. Include all of the following SEMS II procedures for selecting and verifying contractors, except _____.

5. The SEMS II program, you should maintain a contractor employee injury and illness log for _____ related to the contractor's work in the operation area.


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