The SPR stands for Safety Practice Regulations. SPR are the rules and regulations for work done by or for BC Hydro and all access to its Power System. (Front Cover, page iii)
What is the process for notifying employees of changes to the SPRs?
The Safety Practice Committee shall use Bulletins and FYIs to notify all holders of the SPRs of revisions, amendments, and interpretations of the regulations. (Page 4)
T or F - A worker shall not carry out or cause to be carried out any work process, or operate or cause to be operated any tool, appliance, or equipment, if that person has reasonable cause to believe that to do so would create an undue hazard to the health and safety of any person
True. (Page 5)
What is a Tailboard? Explain the rules surrounding Tailboards?
A Tailboard is a form for documenting the steps, hazards, and precautions involved with the work to be done, according to OSH standard 122. Tailboards must be used when a job involves two or more workers on a site. (Page 6-7) Tailboards are discussions that may be documented and held immediately before work commences or during the course of work when there is a change in the job to ensure that all workers understand the hazards, barriers in place, risks and procedures associated with the job.
Explain what is deemed proper Personal Protective Equipment.
The following six types of equipment fall into the requirements of Personal Protective Equipment:
5.High Visibility Clothing
6.Fall Protection Equipment
Clothing and Footwear can also be considered as part of Personal Protective Equipment. (Page 18-19)
T or F – All incidents shall be reported to the supervisor promptly (no later than the end of the shift)
True. (Page 14)
Explain the clothing and footwear involved in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
All workers shall wear clothing and footwear that protects them from the hazards associated with their type of work. (Page 18)
Explain fully the rules in Limits of Approach (Rule 401), including what the limits of approach are, the difference between qualified workers and unqualified workers, and the difference between the columns in the table.
The limits of approach are a table of distances that shall be maintained between workers (and their tools) and energized conductors or equipment.
The difference between qualified and unqualified workers is that unqualified workers shall not approach closer than column 4, unless directed by a qualified worker. The columns are based on the workers qualifications as follows:
Column 1 – Absolute to Energized Electrical Conductors and Equipment
Column 2 – Normal Limits for Qualified Workers
Column 3 – Limits of Approach for: Unqualified workers and their equipment continuously directed by qualified workersColumn 4 – Limits of Approach for: Unqualified workers and their equipment. (Page 27- 30)
T or F - Before any work is carried out on energized conductors or equipment, arrangements shall be made to obtain a Live Line Permit
True. (Page 47)
T or F - No work, including switching, shall be done on any conductor, electrical equipment, or mechanical equipment without prior arrangement with, and approval of, the person with Operating Responsibility for the conductor or equipment, unless the equipment is not identified on the operating oneline diagram and does not adversely affect the Power System.
True. (Page 60)
What are the duties of the Person In Charge per the SPRs?
The PIC coming on duty shall become familiar with all operating conditions and shall understand all details necessary to competently operate the assigned portion of the Power System.
Prior to taking charge, the relieving PIC shall not take part in the operation of the assigned portion of the Power System except under instruction from the PIC still on duty. (Page 61)
T or F - All high-voltage conductors and electrical or mechanical equipment that may be operated or energized by conventional means or by backfeed shall be treated as energized unless a Clearance, Test and Work Permit , Self Protection, or Lockout is in effect and Worker Protection Grounding/Bonding or blocking has been applied on such conductors or equipment.
True (Page 64)
High-voltage lines, equipment, and stations shall be identified by a _________________ identifier and workers shall use this identification at all times when referring to them.
Unique numeric or alphanumeric (Page 64)
What are the rules associated with a GOI per the SPRs?
The PIC may receive or issue a Guarantee of Isolation (GOI) to establish part of the isolation for work protection.
Within the BC Hydro Power System, the PIC who issues or receives a Guarantee of Isolation shall use a Safety Protection form or a Safety Protection Record form to record the conditions established (refer to Appendix C).
The isolating devices for the portion of the system for which the Guarantee of Isolation is issued shall be secured using “Do Not Operate– Guarantee of Isolation” tags. (Page 64-65)
What are the rules associated with Operating Communications Protocol?
Anyone issuing operating instructions (whether verbally or in writing) shall make certain that these instructions are specific and follow the intended sequence of operation.
In all operating instructions and communications, participants shall use clear, precise terms:
Switches shall be described as “open” or “closed.”
Conductors and electrical or mechanical equipment shall be described according to their specific condition (for example: isolated, grounded, blocked, energized, or de-energized).
A worker receiving verbal instructions shall repeat them back to the issuer word for word and shall receive acknowledgement (repeat-back procedure). Clear and legible instructions sent electronically (by fax or email) do not require the repeat-back procedure.
When direct, verbal communication is lost or unreliable, the person with Operating Responsibility for the equipment may relay switching or operating instructions by telephone or radio through a third qualified worker, providing repeat-back procedures are followed. (Page 66-67)
What are repeat back procedures?
A worker receiving verbal instructions shall repeat them back to the issuer word for word and shall receive acknowledgement (repeatback procedure). Clear and legible instructions sent electronically (by fax or email) do not require the repeat-back procedure.
When can an isolating device identified on an operating one-line diagram be operated without the permission of the person with Operating Responsibility.
An isolating device identified on an operating one- line diagram shall not be operated other than by order of the person with Operating Responsibility, except in the case of an emergency to protect life or prevent injury. (Page 67)
Whose responsibility is it to ensure the worker doing the switching is qualified and authorized and understands the switching sequence.
The person with Operating Responsibility (Page 67)
T or F - Before operating an associated disconnect switch, the worker doing the switching shall check the mechanism or semaphore position of adjacent circuit breaker(s).
True. (Page 67-68)
A disconnect switch shall not be used to ___________________________________ unless it is known that the disconnect switch is adequate for the intended purpose.
Break load, magnetize or parallel current, or pick up load. (Page 68)
T or F - Manually and electrically operated switches that are provided with locking facilities shall be locked in the appropriate position.
True. (Page 69)
T or F - An electrical isolation point shall have visual separation (all phases of a conductor or bus cut, disconnect, or multi-breaker are open), except where a CSA approved transfer switch or a rack-out breaker is used.
True. (Page 70)
What is the purpose of applying Worker Protection Grounding/Bonding?
Worker Protection Grounding/Bonding shall be applied when there is a hazard of accidental energization from any source including the following:
-Electro-magnetic or electrostatic induction (from wind, dust storms, adjacent conductors, power cables, static capacitors, etc.)
-A power source (including backfeed).
-Contact with crossed or fallen conductors.
-Lightning (direct or induced).
Worker Protection Grounding/Bonding shall be used to establish an equipotential zone at the work area:
a.A point of Worker Protection Grounding (refer to 513) shall be established as close as practicable to the worksite.
b.All conducting parts in the work area (including neutral conductors, uninsulated guy wires, static wires, and so on) shall be bonded together to ensure they are at the same potential.
c.Where an equipotential zone cannot be established, other approved Worker Protection Grounding/Bonding procedures shall be used to provide adequate worker protection. (Page 71-72)
All high-voltage conductors and electrical equipment shall be treated as energized unless one of the following conditions is in place, _______________________________.
a. A Safety Protection Guarantee (SPG) is held, the worker has verified there is no system voltage, and Worker Protection Grounding/Bonding has been applied.
b. The conductor or equipment has been isolated, a worker has verified the isolation, including checking for no system voltage, Worker Protection Grounding/Bonding has been applied, and lockout has been established. (Page 71)
What are the three types of positive Safety Protection Guarantees?
Clearance (including Protection Extension)
Test and Work Permit
Self Protection (Page 84)
How are Safety Protection Guarantees enforced?
Safety Protection Guarantees are enforced by “Do Not Operate” tags (see 614.1 and Appendix C). (Page 84)
What is a Clearance? Who can receive a Clearance?
A Clearance is a stated assurance that one or both of the following is true:
a. A specified conductor or electrical equipment is isolated, and it is safe to apply Worker Protection Grounding/Bonding and go to work.
b. A specified piece of mechanical equipment is isolated, and it is safe to apply blocking and go to work.A Clearance shall be issued only to a worker who is authorized to PSSP category 5 or 6. (Page 85)
What is the procedure for extending a Clearance to another worker? What type of worker can the Clearance be extended to?
The protection provided by a Clearance may be extended to another authorized worker through a Protection Extension. The worker receiving a protection extension must be certified to at least PSSP Category 3. (Page 85)
Can a Clearance be issued on a line or equipment on which a Test and Work Permit has been issued?
A Clearance shall not be issued on a line or equipment on which a Test and Work Permit has been issued. (Page 86)
Because of the hazard of backfeed from station voltage transformers (VTs) and Station Service transformers, for work within station perimeters, a Clearance shall not be issued unless _________________________.
such transformers have first been rendered safe against backfeed. (Page 86)
How is a Test and Work permit different from a Clearance permit?
Worker Protection Grounding/Bonding and blocking devices shall remain in place except during the tests. Gapped grounding devices shall be used where practicable. Where gapped grounding isn’t practicable, a cable may be floated for splicing and terminating. Not more than one Test and Work Permit shall be issued or be in force on the same conductor or equipment at any one time. While a Test and Work Permit is in place, a Clearance (including Protection Extensions), or Self Protection shall not be permitted on the same conductor or equipment. Before work is resumed on conductors or equipment on which tests have been conducted, the Test and Work Permit holder shall ensure that safe working conditions are established, including the re-establishment of Worker Protection Grounding/Bonding or blocking, and shall advise their crew of anychanges in conditions from those that were in effect prior to the tests. (Pages 97-101)
Fully explain a Self Protection permit. How is a Self Protection different than a Clearance?
Self Protection is a Safety Protection Guarantee that a worker authorized to PSSP category 5 or 6 can apply on conductors or equipment designated as Level V. (Pages 101-102)
What is the SPR definition of Authorized?
Authorized: Having been approved for specific access to or work on the power system or associated equipment by an authorized manager, identified in a local operating order, in accordance with PSSP or WPP. (Page 194)
What is the SPR definition of Energized?
Hazardous Energy: Any electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, or thermal energy, or force such as gravity that could potentially harm workers. (Page 197)
What is the SPR definition of Guarantee of No Reclose?
Guarantee of No Reclose: A stated and duly logged guarantee between the PICs of different Operating Authorities that a specified conductor or equipment shall not be reclosed manually or automatically until the PIC who has received the guarantee authorizes reclosing. (Page 196)
What is the SPR definition of Isolated?
Isolated: For electrical equipment, the normal sources of hazardous energy have been disconnected by opening and securing all associated switches or by making a line or bus cut. For mechanical equipment, the equipment has been rendered and secured non-operative by installing a blank in a pipe line, closing a valve, depressurizing, draining, venting, or other effective means. (Page 197)
What is the SPR definition of Operating Authority?
Operating Authority: The right to control, an assigned portion of the power system to: establish the conditions required for Safety Protection Guarantees, Live Line Permits and Assurance of No Reclose Permits; to issue such Guarantees and Permits; and to establish work protection. (Page 198)
What is the SPR definition of Operating Responsibility?
Operating Responsibility: The responsibility for the operation and reliability of an assigned portion of the power system. (Page 198)
What is the SPR definition of a PIC?
PlC (Person in Charge): The worker who has been assigned both Operating Responsibility and Operating Authority for a portion of the power system. (Page 198)
What is the SPR definition of PSSP?
Power System Safety Protection (PSSP): The constraints that must be applied to the power system (excluding the integrated generation stations) to provide worker protection from power system hazards during prescribed work. See also Work Protection Practices. (Page 198-199)
What is the SPR definition of Qualified?
Qualified: Accepted as satisfactory in reference to experience, training, education, personal competency, physical ability, and familiarity with rules, procedures, equipment, and dangers involved in the work and/or operation. (Page 199)
What is the SPR definition of a Safety Protection Guarantee?
Safety Protection Guarantee: An assurance that conductors, electrical equipment, or mechanical equipment on the Distribution and Transmission power system are isolated and will remain isolated. The three types of Safety Protection Guarantee are Clearances (including Protection Extensions), Test and Work Permits, and Self- Protections. (Page 199)
What is the PSSP?
The PSSP is the Power System Safety Protection. It is SOO IT-12. The 1T-12 series of operating orders specify requirements for consistent application of safety protection on BC Hydro’s transmission and distribution power system. (Page 1)
Does the PSSP reference any OSH Standards?
Yes. (Page 2)
Explain what is included in the various parts of the PSSP (i.e. 1T-12A, B, etc.)
1T-12A - SUMMARY.
1T-12B - POWER SYSTEM DEFINITION
1T-12C - EQUIPMENT IDENTIFICATION
1T-12D - POWER SYSTEM LOCKING
1T-12E - CENTRAL CONTROL
1T-12F - PSSP MIMIC DISPLAY
1T-12G - COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS
1T-12H - OPERATING AUTHORITY
1T-12I - ISOATION FOR SAFETY PROTECTION
1T-12J - OPERATING PROCEDURES
1T-12K - AUDITS
1T-12L - TRAINING (MODULES 1-6)1T-12M - AUTHORIZATION
T or F - The 1T-12 series of operating orders specify requirements for consistent application of safety protection on BC Hydro’s transmission and distribution power system.
True (Page 1)
T or F - All personnel are required to report to their manager any situations, practices, or procedures which they consider hazardous to power system workers or the public.
True (Page 1)
What does PIC stand for?
Person In Charge (Page 2)
What does PSSP stand for?
Power System Safety Protection (Page 2)
What does SPR stand for?
Safety Practice Regulation (Page 2)
What does WPP stand for?
Work Protection Practices (Page 2)
What is the relationship between the PSSP and the SPR?
The SPR is owned by BC Hydro. The PSSP is owned by BCTC. The SPR is a book of rules and instructions which govern work done on the power system. PSSP is the System Operating Order which defines how the SPRs are applied consistently throughout the power system. The PSSP will not contradict the SPRs. (Page 3)
T or F – The PSSP rules can contradict the SPR rules.
False (Page 3)
Who is responsible for procedures at the work site?
BC Hydro is responsible for work procedures at site, i.e. tailboard meetings, limit of approach, securing the work site, determining the need for flagging, etc. (Page 5)
Who drafts revisions to the PSSP?
Revisions to S.O.O. 1T-12 will be drafted by the PSSP Review Committee. This is a committee of delegates from B.C. Transmission Corporation, Field Operations and Corporate Safety. The revisions will be approved and published by the PSSP Review Committee. (Page 7)
Each piece of major equipment on the power system will be uniquely identified by a _______ or ________________ designation affixed to the equipment. Why?
Number or alphanumeric designation. This identification is required to ensure that the equipment is accurately described in communications and documentation.(Page 8)
Explain what is meant by Central Control.
Central control will be established to ensure uniform control throughout the power system. A hierarchical central control arrangement is established by BCTC. BC Hydro Generation and Distribution have delegated the control to BCTC as specified in S.O.O. 1T-12E. Included in the hierarchy are the centralized control of system, area, and defined stations for major portions of the power system. Operation of level V equipment may be delegated directly to authorized site workers. (Page 9)
What is a PSSP Mimic Display?
Central control facilities will have their assigned portion of the power system displayed on one or more PSSP mimic displays.
The PSSP mimic display will be a symbolic representation of the power system, used to indicate the operating positions of equipment and of field tagging.(Page 9-10)
What is the definition of Operating Authority?
Operating authority is defined as the right to control an assigned portion of the power system to establish the conditions required for and to issue Safety Protection Guarantees, Live Line Permits and Assurance of No Reclose Permits.
The application of assigned operating authority with a PIC is rigorously implemented. It includes strict adherence to boundaries between designated operating authorities (see SPR 501.2, 506, 603.7, 8), and the hierarchical assignment of responsibilities to maintain consistent and effective control of all elements of the power system. (Page 10-11)
How often does the PSSP get audited and by who?
S.O.O. 1T-12 must be reviewed by the PSSP Review Committee every two years or sooner as required. Safety operation audits will be conducted by BCTC (now BC Hydro) and Field Operations. (Page 12)
What are Distribution Operating Diagrams? What kinds of prints do they typically contain?
These are a family of drawings and schematic diagrams that represent the distribution system. Typically they are called Circuit Location Diagrams (CLDs), Primary Maps, Distribution Operating Diagrams (DODs) or other similar names. (Page 15)
Fully explain the 5 Levels of equipment differentiating Level 1-IV equipment from Level V equipment?
Level I – IV Equipment is all power system equipment which is either shown or listed on station operating one line diagrams and transmission equipment which is under the direct operating responsibility of a central control facility. Self Protection may not be taken on level I to IV equipment.
Level V Equipment is that which may be isolated using Self Protection. The following equipment which is associated with transmission, station, and distribution plant is defined as level V:
Power system equipment associated with any transmission lines or cables but not directly connected to the conductors, (e.g., cable pumping plants).
Power system equipment not shown or listed on the station operating one line diagrams, (e.g. dc supplies, VT secondaries).
DistributionPower system distribution equipment of any voltage outside stations, where looped or multiple feeds do not exist. A single isolation point must establish positive safety protection of a line or cable. An example is a distribution lateral. (Page 16-18)
What is the Official Log?
This is the log which is used by the PIC to record system operation, Safety Protection Guarantees, Live Line Permits and Assurance of No Reclose Permits that are issued on the portion of the power system for which the PIC has operating authority. The PIC must sign on in the official log. (Page 18)
What are Operating One-Line Diagrams?
These are electrical schematic diagrams that represent all station level I through level IV high voltage equipment. Operating one line diagrams will be approved by the manager responsible for the equipment. An approved electronic version of the diagrams is acceptable for use by the PIC for PSSP purposes. (Page 19)
What is a Plant Alteration?
This is a document that indicates changes required to a distribution system. PA procedures will be described in a S.O.O. See S.O.O. 1T-12C. (Page 19)
What are the interconnections between the PSSP power system and other utilities, IPPs, transmission voltage customers and BC Hydro generation? Where are they described?
The following are the interconnections between the PSSP power system and other utilities, IPPs, transmission voltage customers and BC Hydro generation. The boundaries must be described in detail in system and local operating orders.
Bonneville Power Authority (BPA)
BC Hydro – Generation
Other Utilities and Independent Power Producers (IPP)Transmission voltage customers (Page 32)
What are Non-integrated Systems?
Non-integrated systems are those portions of the power system within the Province of British Columbia that are owned and operated by BC Hydro but are not connected to the BC Hydro integrated system.
These non-integrated systems must be described in local operating orders. (Page 32-33)
T or F - The PIC may use any level V device as an isolation point as long as it can be uniquely described.
True. (Page 35)
T or F - Each substation and control centre must be assigned a unique abbreviation consisting of three letters or two letters and a number.
True. (Page 36)
T or F - All level I through IV equipment in substations must have a unique alpha-numeric designation.
True. (Page 36)
T or F - All high voltage circuits must have unique alpha-numeric designations.
True. (Page 37)
T of F - All overhead level IV distribution switches, cutouts and fused disconnects identified on Safety Protection Guarantees must be assigned a unique number or alphanumeric designation.
True. (Page 37)
T or F - Any device with a locking facility already in place must be locked with a system lock when that device is used to establish PSSP.
True. (Page 39)
What is a System Lock?
System locks are high quality security locks with replaceable cores keyed for one or more master key levels. (Page 39)
T or F – A hierarchical control arrangement is established by BC HYDRO.
This was True; however, BCTC is once again BC Hydro. (Page 43)
What does a Central Control Facility consist of?
The central control facility consists of a control room, communications equipment, mimic displays, logs, tags, operating orders, instructions, documentation and records. (Page 43)
What is Operating Responsibility?
The responsibility to monitor, control, and direct the operation of the power system including integrated BC Hydro generation facilities.
Operating Responsibility is documented in which SOO?
Operating responsibility for control of portions of the power system is delegated to other central control facilities as described in S.O.O.1J-11 and 1T-11A. (Page 44)
T or F – Each central control facility must have a PSSP mimic display.
True. (Page 47)
PSSP _____ _______ will be used in operating the power system to indicate device status and for ______ ________ of isolation points established for the purpose of issuing _______________________________________________.
A PSSP mimic display may consist of a combination of what?
A PSSP mimic display may consist of a combination of dynamic or static display boards, electronic displays (with a paper copy for backup), operating one line diagrams, or Distribution operating diagrams. For example, the PSSP mimic display could consist of a mimic display board on a wall used as the main display, supplemented by operating one line diagrams in a folder.
Note: some display boards at ACC's and those at substations are for operational purposes only and are not PSSP mimic displays.
T or F – At central control facilities with computer based controls, the PIC may use a system of electronic displays for generating stations, transmission lines, substations, distribution systems, etc.
True. (Page 49)
With regards to switching, when is the mimic display tagged?
The mimic display is tagged after the switching is completed and before the SPG is issued. (Page 50)
Is tagging part of the Switching process or the SPG process?
Tagging is part of the switching process not the SPG process.
T or F - Each device must remain tagged on the mimic display until the Safety Protection Guarantee, Live Line Permit or Assurance of No Reclose Permit is cancelled and the associated field tags are removed.
True (Page 51)
What are the requirements for multiple SPGs with common isolation points?
Where multiple Safety Protection Guarantees are issued with common isolation points, each guarantee will have its own set of tags on the mimic display, as specified in SPR 604.2c. (Page 51)
What does the designation “(3)” mean when indicated next to a device on a One-line diagram? What does this mean with respect to hanging tags in the field?
On the three phase Power System(s), station devices such as disconnects with individual phase motors operators must be shown on the mimic display as one device even though they consist of three individual single phase components. The alpha-numeric designation of such a device on the mimic display and operating one line diagrams must be followed by a “(3)” to indicate the three components. For PSSP tagging purposes the mimic display will be tagged with only one tag. Each motor operated single phase components will be individually tagged in the field. Switching orders and safety protection guarantee forms must identify three tags in the field by indicating (3) following the device designation i.e. 5D21(3).
Can Operating One-line Diagrams be used as Mimic Displays? What is the procedure for doing this?
Yes. Operating one line diagrams will be marked up to show the tagging of isolating devices not shown on the mimic display. Isolation points on the appropriate diagram being used as the mimic display will be enclosed by a colour coded line drawn on the diagram. The isolation zone will be identified on the diagram by means of a dated notation referenced to the Safety Protection Guarantee. Red colour coding will be used to indicate clearance tagging and blue for Test and Work Permits. Any operating one line diagram used as part of the mimic display will show tags in effect for the portion of the station displayed on the diagram.
De-tagging will be done by stroking out the dated notations. The diagrams will be replaced as necessary and all tagging still in effect will be transferred to the replacement diagram. If the PIC is required to tag level V isolating points which are not shown on operating one line diagrams, information can be transferred from station mechanical or electrical drawings as a sketch or as a listing of the equipment and then tagged on to operating one line diagram.
T or F – Operating one line diagrams that form part of the PIC’s mimic display will be clearly stamped with the words “MIMIC DISPLAY”.
True. (Page 54-55)
When are Distribution Operating Diagrams used as Mimic Displays?
Distribution operating diagrams will be used to tag Distribution devices not shown on a Distribution mimic display. Distribution operating diagrams which are used as the mimic display will be tagged as outlined in 3.3 of this operating order. Distribution operating diagrams that form part of the PIC’s mimic display will be clearly stamped with the words “MIMIC DISPLAY”.
What is a Combination Display? What are the rules around tagging of Combination Displays?
When the mimic display consists of a combination of displays and the isolation points for a Safety Protection Guarantee are represented on more than one display, a caution tag marked “PSSP” with a note referencing one display to the other must be attached to each display.
What Level of equipment is shown on PSSP Mimic Displays (not including Distribution Operating Diagrams used as Mimic Displays)?
Level 1through Level 4
T or F – Operating authority will be assigned for all power system equipment.
True. (Page 65)
T or F – Safety Protection Guarantees, Live Line Permits, Guarantees of No Reclose and Assurance of No Reclose Permits can be issued only by the PIC responsible for that area.
True. (Page 65)
The isolation of power system boundary equipment, Level __ through __, requires isolation from all hazardous sources of infeed.
One. Four. (Page 73)
T or F – If there is no customer in-feed from one side of the boundary, isolation is required only from the side with the in-feed. This will be the case in the vast majority of boundaries with our customers.
True. (Page 73)
What is a Guarantee of No Reclose?
A stated and duly logged guarantee between the PICs of different Operating Authorities that a specified conductor or equipment shall not be reclosed manually or automatically until the PIC who has received the guarantee authorizes reclosing.
What is a Guarantee of Isolation?
A means of effecting guaranteed isolation between different Operating Authorities.
T or F – The power system is Centrally Controlled.
True (Page 87)
T of F – The PIC will have the operating authority for an assigned portion of the power system. In a control centre where more than one PIC is required, the operating authority will be retained by the Control Centre and each PIC will operate under that authority as outlined in operating orders.
True (Page 87)
Can a worker apply Self Protection tags on Level IV equipment inside a SPG zone of isolation?
Yes. When the level IV equipment is within the boundaries of a Level V isolation point, Self Protection may be used when the SPG is established at the Level V device. (Pages 16-17)
Can a worker apply Self Protection tags on Level V equipment inside a SPG zone of isolation?
Yes. When the level IV equipment is within the boundaries of a Level V isolation point, Self Protection may be used when the SPG is established at the Level V device. (Pages 16-17)
What must be done if an unsupported field tag is discovered?
If a tag is discovered unsupported by a mimic, the matter will be referred to the PIC, and then by the PIC to the PIC’s manager. The manager or PIC will undertake a thorough investigation and then the PIC can authorize removal of the tag if appropriate. A written record of such investigation will be forwarded to the Chair of the PSSP Review Committee. (Page 108)
Explain the Repeat Back Procedure.
When a PIC issues operating instructions (e.g. operating of switches, valves or gates) or Safety Protection Guarantees via verbal instructions, or instructions sent electronically (by fax or email), the worker shall repeat them back to the issuer word for word and shall receive acknowledgement (repeat back procedure). The PIC must make certain that all information is specific and follows the intended sequence of operation. Personnel receiving instructions or permits must repeat the information back, word for word, and receive acknowledgment.(Page 108)
What two components does PSSP training consist of? Explain fully the Modules of training for the System Component. What is Local Component?
The training for each PSSP authorization category consists of a system component and a local component.The system component training requirements are detailed in Modules 1A, 1B, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 of this operating order. The PSSP Computer Based Tutorial and Testing package includes a review of PSSP orders, training modules and relevant sections of SPR. It includes a series of standard tests to confirm the worker’s comprehension of the PSSP material. For new PSSP authorizations in Categories 2 and 3, instruction provided by the self-paced Computer Based Tutorial (CBT) is sufficient. New authorizations in Categories 4, 5 and 6 require instructor-led classroom training or its equivalent before writing the final exam(s).