Impairment/Damage to Critical Equipment

All impairments to at least one piece of safety or environmentally critical equipment on an offshore installation, vessel or aircraft shall be reported via the written notification process described in Section 5.3.3. Note: 72 OSH 15.4 (NL), OSH (NS) Element 2, Part 15, Section 15.4; INST 67 and 70; DPR 76. This does not include the reporting of safety or environmentally critical equipment which has been taken out of service for planned inspection, testing and/or maintenance, unless it is out of service for a period longer than its expected unavailability period as determined by the installation’s safety plan. If the damage or impairment compromises the ongoing integrity or emergency preparedness of an offshore installation, vessel or aircraft, then it should be reported as a “Major Impairment/Damage”. Some examples of impairments include, but are not limited to:

• Failures or unsuccessful tests of the safety system of a production installation or of any component of the safety system. Note: DPR 76; INST 67.

• Impairment of firefighting or lifesaving equipment

• Failure of load bearing parts of containers, lifting devices, elevating devices or loose lifting gear

• Failure of primary and/or secondary retention of equipment at height

• Damage to subsea equipment.

Source: Incident Reporting and Investigation Guidelines, The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board and Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, Canada, November 30, 2012. Regulatory Guidance

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