During the initial start-up of a system or for restart of a system that has been modified or has been idle for long periods of downtime, workers following operating procedures should:
- ensure that hydrogen equipment is properly integrated with the facility and is used in the intended location
- a hydrogen system should not be moved into a building that hasn't been designed with proper ventilation and hydrogen detectors (See Facility Design Considerations )
- ensure that quality assurance (QA) procedures have been followed during fabrication and assembly of equipment.
- documentation of QA procedures should be retained and should be available for review
- verify system configuration and the integrity of hardware before operation of the system.
- operators must ensure that the system has not been partially disassembled or left in an operational condition that would be unsafe upon start-up
- this is especially important after long periods of downtime
Throughout the operational lifetime of a system, workers following operating procedures should:
- ensure that maintenance records are up to date. (see Equipment Maintenance and Integrity)
- maintenance records should be retained and should be available for review