Now in it’s third edition, this very important document describes the principles and best practice for the establishment of a management system for bolted joints in pressurised systems, including (but not limited to);

✅ Ownership and integration
✅ The principles of joint assembly and disassembly
✅ Controlled tightening of bolted joints
✅ Critical assessment
✅ Training and competency
✅ Records, data management and tagging

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Energy Institute (EI) have a significant role in ensuring safety and integrity in industrial processes, including those involving pressurized systems and bolted joints.

While the Energy Institute provides specific guidelines for bolted joint management, the HSE incorporates these guidelines into their broader safety framework.
The HSE may reference the Energy Institute’s guidelines when conducting inspections, audits, or assessments related to bolted joints.

Compliance with these guidelines contributes to overall safety and risk reduction.

By aligning with industry standards and best practices, the HSE ensures that bolted joints are properly designed, installed, maintained, and monitored to prevent leaks, failures, and potential hazards.

Their collaboration helps maintain safety and reliability in critical infrastructure.

It still amazes me that top tier COMAH sites in the UK are not following these very detailed and important guidelines.

Want to know more about these guidelines as well as current industry standards for bolted joints? Then please get in touch with our team.

Zulu Joint Integrity & Training Ltd
Tel: 01656 523273

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