Approaching ISO-LDAR - LeakTracker System Mars 4.0

Today's industries are continually striving to compete globally. As part of this process companies have spent millions and will spend millions more meeting the rigorous product and organizational standards known as ISO 9000 and ISO 14000. The ISO 14000 organizational standards provide a comprehensive guidance for establishing, maintaining and evaluating an environmental management system. The world of Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) is evolving. Since the early 90's EPA enforcement teams have been performing multimedia audits concentrating on the refining industry. As a result of these efforts, 10 companies have signed global consent decrees. These global decrees have numerous additional LDAR requirements. California's South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has recently modified its local LDAR rule (1173). The Houston/Galveston non-attainment area is in the process of modifying its LDAR rule (Chapter 115). These three efforts by state and federal authorities affect numerous facilities. They all have some common components.

  • Requirement for the use of electronic data acquisition and man- agement systems
  • Requirement for periodic third party audits
  • Requirement that the data be analyzed for anomalies based on monitoring time. It becomes readily recognizable that the regulating community is asking for environmental management systems that insure the quality of the data gathered and reported.

As part of that, they are asking that the facility certify job being performed by evaluating the work process using the monitoring date and time. In the past, facilities have had to perform this task with inadequate data, only one time stamp. Enrud Resources, Inc. has added additional time stamps and functionality to the patented LeakTracker™ System. Facilities now have the data acquisition mechanisms available for them to accurately depict the monitoring process, allowing them to "Approach ISO-LDAR". No longer will the LDAR responsible party have to certify the monitoring process with inadequate data. Now you can tell how long they surveyed a component and how long they spent during the Method 21 compliance interval. In the past, we have had to make hand sweeping assumptions based on the time between monitoring events. Now a facility can perform meaningful QA/QC routines that they can confidently stand behind. In addition to the additional time stamps, MARS version 4.0 will allow you to edit pick-lists, increase field lengths, perform documented visual surveys, perform tagging, and document calibration. The Leaktracker™ System is compatible with virtually every LDAR data management system, including LeakDas™ Version 3.0 and FEMSEXPRESS 5.0.

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