Joint Integrity Training

Competency is defined as; “The ability to undertake responsibilities and perform activities to a recognised standard on a regular basis” and is a combination of skills, experience and knowledge.

Bolted joints are equally as critical as welded joints. The need to reduce process leaks and emissions is greater today than ever before and legislation and industry guidelines identify that skill levels of personnel directly involved in the making of bolted flanged connections  have to prove competence to a recognised standard.

Our joint integrity courses provide the knowledge and practical skills required for dismantling and assembling flanged connections in pipelines as used in the process industry (particularly for COMAH sites).

Since 2013 we have successfully delivered BSEN1591:2013 and ASME PCC-1:2013 (Appendix A) training courses to help prove competency in the making of bolted flanged connections to a recognised standard. It is our intention to also deliver ECITB accredited training courses in 2018

In addition, we offer bespoke ‘site relevant’ courses that can be tailored to our clients’ requirements. Typical topics that are covered include;

  • Joint Integrity Management
  • Legislation & Industry Guidelines
  • Gasket Specification /Handling and Storage
  • Correct methodology of inserting gaskets
  • External piping system loads
  • Thermal shock
  • Inspection of flange faces
  • Flange alignment
  • Torque tightening/tightening methods
  • Torque wrenches (correct use, selection and storage)
  • Correct bolting sequences

Candidates will learn about the various types of joints, gaskets, fasteners and lubrication as well as the necessary skills required in the use of hand torque loading and sequential tightening techniques. Candidates will also understand the meaning of joint integrity management and the global guidelines and legislation that are required, including identification, inspection and compliance through associated documentation.