DISTRIBUTION, OPERATION and MAINTENANCE STRATEGY PRESSURE ZERO TESTING Document Title: Work Instruction Pressure Zero testing Document Reference: DOM-WN-WIN Date: October 2013 Approved By: Asset
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DISTRIBUTION, OPERATION and MAINTENANCE STRATEGY PRESSURE ZERO TESTING Document Title: Work Instruction Pressure Zero testing Document Reference: DOM-WN-WIN Date: October 2013 Approved By: Asset Management Title: General Manager Record of Changes and Amendments Amendment No. 1 Section 3 Document Section/ Reference Number Document / Section Title DOMS Guidelines Training Version Number Amendment Date Archived Document / Section Text Affected A Oct 2013 New section added with text in page 2 Archived Document / Section Replaced By Sheet i FOREWORD Background DOMS stands for Distribution Operation & Maintenance Strategy and is being used by Scottish Water to: safeguard the quality of water to customers ensure that Scottish Water apply due diligence to their Scottish Water distribution network The DOMS procedures and work instructions affect all functional staff who work on the network, which includes internal employees and employees of external organisations (i.e. planners, operators, delivery teams, Framework Contractors, or any other contractors). Through the application of the DOMS principles in day-to-day network activities, Scottish Water and their approved contractors will operate and maintain their water distribution networks through operational best practice. This will allow Scottish Water to meet the following objectives: to maintain water quality; to maintain continuity of supply; to maintain water supply hygiene; to undertake water quality incident management; Responsibility to maintain a cost-effective water supply. to ensure a course of action for timely network intervention (Capex and/or opex) to maintain statutory obligations and customer satisfaction. The responsibility for adoption and implementation of all DOMS procedures and work instructions rest with Scottish Water General Managers and senior managers of external organisations. It is the responsibility of all Scottish Water employees and those of external organisations to comply with DOMS procedures and work instructions. Document Control This document is a CONTROLLED DOCUMENT when viewed on Wavelength. The document becomes UNCONTROLLED if printed or downloaded from Wavelength or any other source. Refer to the Wavelength site for the latest version of this document. Change Request A change to this document can be requested by completing a Change Request Form - refer to document DISTRIBUTION OPERATION and MAINTENANCE STRATEGY GOVERNANCE (DOM- WN-GOV ) for change request procedure. Copyright Copyright of this document is owned by Scottish Water. The document may not be copied or reproduced in any way. Page i CONTENTS FOREWORD...i CONTENTS... ii 1 PREAMBLE Work Instruction Objectives Related Parent Documents Related External Controlled Documents Related internal Controlled Documents 1 2 PLANNING CHECKLIST DESCRIPTION & - DOMS TRAINING GUIDLINES 2 PRESSURE ZERO TEST RECORD SHEET. 5 Page ii 1. PREAMBLE 1.1 Work Instruction Objectives Diligent management of the water network is dependent on accurate knowledge and control of where water is being delivered. A pressure zero test (PZT) confirms that a defined area, usually a DMA, is tight, i.e. the closed boundary valves are not passing and no boundary crossings have been missed. 1.2 Related Parent Documents (DOM-WN-PRC ) Work Procedure Maintenance and Audit of Boundary Valves 1.3 Related External Controlled Documents UKWIR A Manual of DMA Practice (reference no. 99/WM/08/23). Scottish Water s H&S Management system manual 1.4 Related Internal Controlled Documents (DOMS-WN-WIN ) Work Instruction Hydrant Operation (DOMS-WN-WIN ) Work Instruction Valve Operation Tool Box Talk DOMS IAF Guidance for the completion for access to Working on SW water Network DOMS Impact Assessment Form 2. PLANNING CHECKLIST Complete health and safety risk assessment, including o Safety of operatives in some areas. o Minimum 2 field staff per PZT o Staff roadway visibility at night o Regular contact/update with Operations Management Centre. Water quality impact issues o Potential discolouration o Potential contamination at fire hydrants DOMS Impact risk assessment o DOMS impact risk assessment completed and signed off before PZT approved. o 24 Hour business users, sensitive and key customers identified. Risk mitigation/contingency plan o Backfeed identified where no inlet meter bypass exists. o Poor condition infrastructure identified for potential flushing need. Sensitive and key account customer issues o Risk assessment to include identification of 24 Hour business users, sensitive and key customers. Communication plans o Ops log updated prior to PZT o Operations Management Centre updated during PZT test. Page 1 of 5 3. DESCRIPTION & DOMS TRAINING GUIDELINES EVIDENCE OF DOMS TRAINING In 2007, Scottish Water set the goal that all staff working on the water network receives the relevant DOMS training by the end of the year. The result - over 9,000 people have currently completed DOMS training to support their network activities since it has been introduced within SW. All staff, both internal and external, who work on the water network, MUST complete the relevant Distribution, Operation and Maintenance Strategy (DOMS) training associated with their specific network activities and as a result MUST carry two cards which confirm their training. DOMS training is available through a number of approved Training Providers and the registration of the training units taken by individuals is administered through EU Skills. The first card relates to training given around the Hygiene Code of Practice (HCoP) and the card usually coloured light blue, confirms the cardholder has completed this element, which includes a health screening questionnaire. The second card, usually coloured white, relates to training given around DOMS and the training units shown on the back of the card detail the type of DOMS related site activities that the cardholder can undertake. Both cards detail the name of the cardholder, along with their picture, which will allow confirmation that the cardholder is the person holding the card. Scottish Water staff may and will challenge all internal and external staff working on the water network at anytime to produce both their cards to ensure that cardholder has the relevant training and understanding of DOMS Procedures and Work Instruction for the specific task that they are undertaking. The following guidelines should be followed for deciding the course of action to take when either internal of external staff were found to be working on the water network, or any infrastructure that will be connected to our network, without the requisite HCoP/DOMS cards confirming training. 1) New starts - expectation that they will have their necessary HCoP/DOMS training organised by their employer within the first 4 weeks of them joining their company. They will not be allowed to work on the water network without the HCoP/DOMS training, even though they are being supervised by a person who has gone through the training. There is a minimal health risk here, which the health questionnaire, completed during the HCoP training, will confirm as acceptable or unacceptable. 2) Completed HCoP/DOMS Training but no card issued by EU Skills - staff in this situation can work on the water network as long as they can demonstrate that they have a 'cover note' issued by training providers. If a 'cover note' is produced, then the person challenging can ensure that 'cover note' refers to the actual person by checking the EU Skills web site against name or reference number. This will be done in conjunction with the relevant DOMS Working Group representative. 3) Person challenged on site and person has no HCoP/DOMS relevant training - if this scenario occurs then the person who has made the challenge will remove the person from working on the water network and contact the relevant business unit DOMS Working Group representative as the first point of contact. Together, the site contact and the DOMS Working Page 2 of 5 Group representative will make the decision on whether work can or cannot continue after discussions with the employee s relevant organisation. 4) Person challenged on site and cannot produce HCoP/DOMS relevant training cards, but claims to have undergone training - if no cards can be produced, then the person challenging can not confirm that the person has had the relevant training by checking the EU Skills web site against name or reference number. This will be done in conjunction with the relevant DOMS Working Group representative. 5) Person challenged on site; DOMS CARD EXPIRED. If a DOMS card has expired and the person is waiting to attend a SW DOMS training course, a signed and dated cover note, with the course reference confirmation number and Registration Status clearly shown, must be issued by the person s line manager, in order to allow access to the network. The person must present this cover note on site. (Failure to provide cover note will result in the individual being removed from working on the network until a cover note is issued, or the individual is retrained and re-registered with EUSR) The cover note will only be valid for 3 months after the original card expiry date. After 3 months has elapsed, if the person has not re-registered and is NOT in possession of a new card or a cover note stating the person is awaiting delivery of a new card, then access to work on the network will be refused. All internal and external staff working on the water network must have completed the relevant training. If the site challenges are made by SW staff (and on occasions the DWQR) for all those working on the network, the message will be sent clearly that 'IF YOU HAVEN T HAD THE TRAINING YOU CANNOT WORK ON OUR NETWORK OR ANY INFRASTRUCTURE THAT WILL BE CONNECTED TO OUR NETWORK. While we all want to be balanced and professional in our company approach to this matter, water quality and customer satisfaction in our product is our paramount concern. Finally, can all Scottish Water staff note that for out-of-hours advice on public health issues, a representative from the Public Health Team can be contacted 24/7 through the ICC. Description A pressure zero test (PZT) confirms that a defined area, usually a DMA, is tight, i.e. the closed boundary valves are not passing and no boundary crossings have been missed. The frequency of audit of each type of boundary valve is shown in the Work Procedure Maintenance and Audit of Boundary Valves (DOM-WN-PRC ). The operation of all network valves and fire hydrants must be carried out in accordance with SW procedures and work instructions. Pressure Zero Test Before starting the test, it is beneficial to have some indication of leakage within the DMA, and pressures within adjacent DMAs. Produce two copies of a plan indicating the DMA boundary, boundary valves, DMA inlet meter, inlet valve and critical monitoring point (CMP). Carry out an operational DOMS impact assessment for the PZT. This should include the following: Page 3 of 5 o Identification of sensitive / Key customers / exceptional water users. o Which customers must be notified? o Are air valves flooded? o Does the PZT area contain an operational PRV? o Contingency plan Complete a health and safety risk assessment. Refer to the H&S Management system manual on the SW intranet site. Customer Operations Team Leader approves test. Arrange for the test to take place Monday - Thursday nights, between the hours of and Notify the Fire Brigade. Update Ops log for valve movements. Contact number prior to PZT. Include site mobile-phone contact numbers, names and vehicle registrations. Two field staff attends on-site. Record details of the PZT on the record sheet, which is attached to this document. Telephone Operations Management Centre immediately prior to start on-site. Gently flush any debris from the hydrants at the CMP and the adjacent logger site. Attach a chlorinated non-return standpipe and pressure gauge on the hydrant at the CMP. The pressure gauge is continually monitored by one of the field staff. Install a logger on a hydrant near to the CMP. Whilst carrying out the PZT both field staff will remain in continual contact. Monitor any operational PRV within the area during the PZT. Close the valve at the DMA inlet meter to isolate the DMA. Sound the valve to ensure that a watertight seal has been achieved. Phone Control 24 Hour Telephone Number and advise of BV s Current status change and expected duration of change. The valve operator must telephone Control from site, even if the valve tag is missing. Where site operator is unable to provide the valve details on site, the valve operator will provide a follow up call to Control when they later gain access to GIS and can provide the correct boundary valve details. The pressure on the standpipe gauge should drop. o A reasonably rapid pressure drop to zero pressure indicates watertight boundary valves. o If after 5 minutes the pressure has not dropped, a second check is made by opening a fire hydrant (with the inlet valve still shut) to induce some flow, which should zero the pressure. The pressure should remain at zero when the hydrant is closed. o As soon as the PZT is successful, the inlet supply should be restored. This will prevent the mains network draining down, and should minimise potential discolouration problems. The test fails. A slow pressure reduction and/or inability to achieve zero pressure may indicate one or more passing boundary valves. o Check boundary valves. If passing boundary valves are located, try making them drop tight. If successful, a second PZT is carried out. o If all boundary valves appear drop tight, the PZT findings are passed to the day shift for further investigation. On completion of the test, the inlet valve is opened. The standpipe and gauge is used to ensure that the supply has been fully restored to the DMA. Any PRV is checked to ensure that it is still operating correctly. Telephone the Operations Management Centre Update Operations log for valve movements. Contact number and advice PZT completed. Complete the PZT record sheet and store it in the DMA file. Page 4 of 5 Water Operational Area Water Supply Zone District Meter Area Date of Test PRESSURE ZERO TEST RECORD SHEET Asset Number Asset Number Asset Number Test successful? Phone the relevant Control Room to inform them that you are starting work. Time Water turned OFF Time Water turned ON Pressure on gauge BEFORE the start of the Test Lowest Pressure registered on gauge during PZT Pressure on gauge FOLLOWING completion of the Test Hrs Hrs m m m Times of valve operations fill in for All VALVES / HYDRANTS operated Valve No. Time Closed Time Opened Valve No. Time Closed Time Opened Phone the relevant Control Room to inform them you have finished Time Control was called at the start of the Test? Time Control was called at the finish of the Test? Hrs Hrs Logger Location Logger Serial Number Fill in the box below with any additional information about this test: Time Date PZT Carried out by Signature Store record within DMA file Page 5 of 5
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