This may seem like a silly question but where to file some specific procedures may be a fair question to ask?
For those of you, who know me or have read a copy of my book, will know just how much importance I give to the system file. The system file is the catalogue of evidence that everything possible has been checked and tested and a system is ready for start-up.
However by definition the system file, whilst vitally important, only documents activities within the boundaries of a given system, so what (which obviously must happen at some time in a plants early life) when procedures need to be executed that transcend systems and indeed units perhaps as products and raw materials start to transfer, where do these multi-system activities and procedures get kept?
As in all applications, there is no right or wrong way, as long as a way is described and a way I have found useful to manage this scenario is to create a “General” file. Here I store all documents appertaining to general activities which apply to all systems, perhaps it may be the home for a strategy document, general rules on flushing, blowing etc. and I also include a procedure section which houses all those procedures which address multi-system tasks.
Commissioning makes one think outside the box, cross system activities are one of the questions, you just need to find a system that works for you.
Safe and successful commissioning always…