An integral part of your company's success and commitment to safety is pipeline maintenance. When pipeline integrity is not maintained, compliance suffers, which directly effects your production and the safety of the community. A key influence that can cause maintenance and upkeep to suffer are myths. Learn what myths you, and your crew, should ignore to keep your pipelines in topnotch condition.
Daily Logs Are a Waste of Time
Don't let your team fall prey to the idea that daily logs are a waste of time. Feeding into this idea could cause a crew member to put little effort into their daily log report, or possibly not complete it at all.
However, when it comes to the overall function of your pipeline system, an accurate daily report is one of the most valuable tools. Inspectors can review these records to pinpoint inaccuracies that can make a failure diagnosis easier and they can use this information to avoid a serious safety hazard; the more details, the better.
All Inspectors Are the Same
There is also this idea that all pipeline inspectors are created equal, but this too is not accurate. Pipeline inspectors should have extensive knowledge about the environment that surrounds the piping as well. Take a pipeline that runs through a marsh area and a line that runs through the desert, for instance.
Each line is going to have different environmental factors that impact how the line functions and the condition of its exterior. An inspector that has environmental training will likely be able to more readily recognize a problem than an inspector that doesn't have this level of knowledge.
Inspections Are Only Necessary When There Is a Problem
When designed from the appropriate material and installed with precision, pipelines will last for many years. However, even with that being said, they are not invincible. Don't believe the idea that inspections are only important when there is an issue.
Inspections are quite the opposite, as they are a preventive tool that can keep a problem from occurring. For this reason, companies should make a commitment to routine inspections. The location of the line, what it contains and other environmental factors impact the frequency at which an inspection should be performed, so it's best to rely on a professional to establish the best schedule.
Make sure you don't let a myth about pipeline maintenance put the integrity of your business in jeopardy and your employees, and the local community, at risk. Partner with an inspection professional, such as from Guildner Pipeline Maintenance , to ensure you're on the right track.