PSM 106: Mechanical Integrity and RAGAGEPs for Process Safety Management

COURSE DESCRIPTION                                                                                  DURATION: 3 Days

This course describes the ways to develop and implement a program for a chemical process industry to maintain the integrity of its safety critical process equipment. This is important so as to improve the reliability of the equipment and comply with regulations. This course covers codes and standards to meet the Recognized and generally accepted good engineering practices (RAGAGEPs) for the covered equipment. The participants will learn how to perform preventative maintenance, assign tasks, train personnel, develop procedures and maintain written documentation. This course will also provide tools on how to identify and alleviate equipment deficiencies, and assure the quality and material of equipment fabricated and installed meet the codes and standards.


  • Learn how to interpret the “performance-based” regulations to identify Safety Critical Equipment and to comply with MI regulatory requirements
  • Learn how to develop and implement a new MI program or improve an existing MI program in your company
  • Learn the meaning of RAGAGEPs, how to best follow them and be informed about the recent updates from OSHA

  • PSM Managers and Coordinators
  • Process, Safety and Mechanical Engineers
  • Anyone who needs to develop MI program or for improving their exiting program

  • A background in engineering, operations, and/or maintenance



Day 1

  • Mechanical Integrity Overview
    • Meaning and Importance of Mechanical Integrity
    • Relationship with other PSM Elements
  • Regulatory Requirements for Mechanical Integrity
    • RAGAGEPs
    • Interpretations of PSM MI Requirements
  • Designing a MI Program
  • Safety Critical Equipment Selection Criteria
  • Codes, Standards and Best Practices for Covered Safety Critical Equipment:
    • Pressure vessels and storage tanks;
    • Piping systems (including piping components such as valves);
    • Relief and vent systems and devices;
    • Emergency shutdown systems;
Day 2

  • Codes, Standards and Best Practices for Covered Safety Critical Equipment:
    • Controls (including monitoring devices and sensors, alarms, and interlocks); and
    • Rotating Equipment and Pumps
    • Electrical Systems
  • Inspection, Testing, Preventative Maintenance
    • Tasks
    • Techniques
    • Frequencies
    • Documentation
  • Risk Based Inspection (API 580, 581, 510)
  • Fitness of Service
Day 3

  • Training and Qualification of Personnel
  • Corrosion and Non-Destructive Testing Tools and Methods
  • Identifying and Mitigating Equipment Deficiencies
  • Quality Assurance / Quality Control
  • Spare Parts
  • Computerized Maintenance Management Systems
  • Reliability Centered Maintenance
  • Sample M.I. Program