Setting up for Success
As 2017 comes to a close and 2018 is on the horizon, plants around the country are determining what measures need to be taken in order to meet NERC compliance and reliability standards. Each entity has its own set of challenges but there are common issues and threats that span across all. Throughout this series we will address a few areas that I feel can be easily remedied with the help of easy-to-implement tools and systems.
Where to start – Plan
To quote the great Curtis Armstrong, “Without a plan, there’s no attack. Without attack, no victory!” Lnng term success starts with a plan. So many people start out with every intention to plan but immediately get busy with working and never seem to slow down. Things that we “meant” to do take a back seat to things we “have” to do. If you have found yourself here, you are not alone. The issue we all face is that safety and reliability require planning.
So how can we get properly aligned? It takes discipline. NERC provides a plethora of guidelines to help entities stay safe and on the ready. Below are three straight forward steps toward alignment.
Tracking means implementing a system to identify and capture issues.
Triage means putting in place a process for classifying, analyzing and prioritizing issues.
Transparency means having a way to post and report on identified issues.
This is a good starting point to help you as you build your plan. With that said, you will need a system that will help facilitate these elements. The default process has been to record instances with paper logs. There are a few issues with this method. 1.) organization of data captured 2.) prioritization of issues 3.) communication to the team. I recommend taking advantage of technology to streamline this process.
Implementing a system like LogBook allows you and your team to identify and capture issues, classify and prioritize issues with emphasis, as well as post and report on status of the issue captured. With this tool in place, you have already paved the way to a safer and more reliable future for your organization.
“The overall elements of success of the program are capturing and centralizing all reported issues, encouraging industry participation to help define the issues with real examples, responding in a timely manner, and providing the appropriate level of transparency to industry. Ref. 2018 ERO Enterprise Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Implementation Plan September 2017 The original NERC document can be found at http://www.nerc.com/pa/comp/Reliability%20Assurance%20Initiative/2018%20ERO%20CMEP%20Implementation%20Plan.pdf