N.J. Admin. Code § 7:1E-2.14 - Standard operating procedures

Current through Register Vol. 54, No. 7, April 4, 2022

(a) The owner or operator shall have written standard operating procedures for all operations involving hazardous substances. They shall be in English in a manner understandable by employees of the major facility and shall also be written in the language of fluency of employees utilizing those SOPs not fluent in English.
(b) A copy of the standard operating procedures shall be readily available to employees.
(c) A copy of material safety data sheets or fact sheets for each hazardous substance used or stored at the facility shall be readily available to employees.
(d) The standard operating procedures shall include, at a minimum, the following:
1. A description of the operation, including all applicable requirements from this subchapter;
2. Procedures for visual inspection of equipment;
3. Procedures and conditions for normal operation;
4. A description of leak monitoring equipment and alarms; and
5. A description of leak or discharge conditions which could occur from the operation, including the control and mitigation procedures to be followed to reduce the impact of the leak or discharge conditions.
(e) As appropriate for the operation being described, the following items, in addition to those in (d) above, shall be included in the standard operating procedure:
1. Simplified process flow sheets, showing flows, temperatures and pressures;
2. A description of the most frequent abnormal conditions, including the control and mitigating procedures to be followed to return to normal conditions;
3. Pre-startup procedures;
4. Startup procedures including conditions to be maintained during startup;
5. Shutdown procedures including provisions for normal and emergency shutdown and details on the condition of equipment to be maintained after shutdown;
6. Procedures to perform and inspect maintenance work; and
7. Log sheets and checklists.
(f) A generic SOP may be written when more than one piece of equipment designed to perform the same function is located at the facility. Such a generic SOP must cover all hazardous substances utilized with all the equipment and must delineate any special conditions associated with a specific piece of equipment or hazardous substance.
(g) Modifications to the standard operating procedures shall be incorporated into the standard operating procedures prior to their implementation.
(h) A current index of the standard operating procedures, including title(s), identification number(s) and latest date(s) of issue shall be maintained and readily available.


N.J. Admin. Code § 7:1E-2.14
Amended by R.1996 d.462, effective 10/7/1996.
See: 28 N.J.R. 2730(a), 28 N.J.R. 4424(b).
Amended by R.2007 d.93, effective 4/2/2007.
See: 38 N.J.R. 4285(a), 39 N.J.R. 1253(a).
Rewrote (d), the introductory paragraph of (e), (e)6, (e)7 and (h).

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