Successfully Upholding Your Pressure Equipment Integrity Management Program

Successfully Upholding Your Pressure Equipment Integrity Management Program

Alberta’s oil and gas companies responsible for pressure equipment (small and large) are required to uphold an Authorized Quality Program (AQP). Industry often refers to this as your “ABSA (Alberta Boilers Safety Association) program.” While you might assume that equipment inspection is the only important aspect of your AQP, there are actually 16 required elements to keep you in successful compliance with the ABSA’s regulations. 

  1. Management Commitment
  2. Quality System Documentation
  3. Competency and Training
  4. Design Control
  5. Purchasing and Material
  6. Construction and Installation
  7. Control of Monitoring and Measuring Devices
  8. Operation of Pressure Equipment
  9. Management of Change
  10. Integrity Assessment Program
  11. Non Destructive Examination and Testing
  12. Repair and Alterations
  13. Overpressure Protection and Devices
  14. Internal Audits
  15. Corrective and Preventative Actions
  16. Accidents and Incidents

These elements are detailed in AB 512, which defines the responsibilities of vessel owners (including third-party operators acting on behalf of companies). Document AB-508 can help you identify which pieces of equipment are considered registered vessels.

Your organization may already have the majority of these 16 processes and procedures in place. But, you may be falling short in terms of the required documentation. Auditors tend to focus on some specific elements and are currently paying close attention Competency and Training, Management of Change, and Accident and Incidents reporting.


Utilizing a Chief Inspector

A chief inspector can ensure that your company successfully meets all 16 AQP regulations, including inspections and documentation requirements. Ion Engineering can serve as chief inspector to manage your entire program and more, including:


  • conducting internal audits
  • completing inspections
  • managing third-party inspectors
  • certifying reports
  • setting inspection intervals
  • training
  • database management
  • program implementation


As your chief inspector, Ion Engineering will consult with your management team and collaborate with your staff to meet your organization’s unique needs—managing all 16 elements or just the few that need support. 


“We will take your program to the next level by combining our experience and expertise with the latest technology and tools,” said Josh Wierenga, Ion Engineering’s VP of Asset Integrity. 


The Value of Third-Party Internal Auditing

“Through our internal auditing process, we can go through the same motions of an actual ABSA audit,” Wierenga said. “We’ll help you cross all the T’s and dot all the I’s to ensure you’re fully prepared for a successful ABSA audit.” 


Ion’s internal audit results will reveal specifically where and how your organization needs to follow up and close out items that aren’t in compliance or need additional documentation. This set of checks and balances will help you build a stronger, safer business while avoiding ABSA-imposed audits and inspections.





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