Continuous Supervision before RBI
Risk Based Inspections (RBI) has become a bit of a buzz phrase in the EEHA industry of late. Operators are increasingly looking at RBI in an effort to improve efficiency of their maintenance processes, without compromising safety, or production. While RBI promises both those things, the guidelines still include a requirement to complete 100% periodic visual inspections and, the biggest hurdle, a 6 year implementation timeline required to collect enough data to use a fully functional RBI strategy.
6 years is a long time to wait to see return on the investment on any project. One option to reduce this time would be to implement a Continuous Supervision (CS) strategy (inspecting as part of day-to-day operations) as a precursor to RBI. CS can smooth the transition to RBI by starting the data collection process while realising benefits almost immediately.
The benefits to implementation of a CS strategy first are:
- Minimal process changes as similar records are likely already being created. As routine maintenance is completed its common practice to complete a short form sign off for the work. Including a quick check sheet in this process and filing the record appropriately in the dossier allows credit to be taken for the inspection.
- Chipping away at inspections as part or daily operations and maintenance means that at the end of your normal 4yearly inspection cycle a large number of your visual inspections are already done. This means inspection campaigns, time and cost, are heavily reduced (>50% is achievable with the right approach).
- You don’t have to put RBI on hold to implement. You start collecting up to date data immediately and can start using it in planning the implementation of an RBI strategy.
With these factors considered it’s seemingly a no brainer to implement CS as a precursor to a RBI strategy.