TQM in the Clean Air Act

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Berglund, Ronald L.   (1992, ASQC)   Brown & Root, Inc., Houston, TX 77001

Annual Quality Congress, Nashville TN    Vol. 46    No. 0
QICID: 9890    May 1992    pp. 684-691.
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Article Abstract

A Total Quality Management process can be applied to meet standards provided by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the 1992 Clean Air Act for controlling emissions from equipment leaks in chemical and refining industries.

The paper outlines seven steps to reducing leaks in chemical and refining facilities: (1) Benchmarking collected data from 39 industries on 100,000 components to identify current leakage characteristics; (2) Data from the benchmark was used to establish goals for improvement; (3) Regulations were proposed that, over a three-year period, would monitor progress; (4) Individual industries developed action plans; (5) Results are checked at 18 months after implementation; (6) Trial evaluations identify industries not making adequate progress; and (7) Industries so identified make equipment changes and repeat steps 5-7 until progress is adequate.

Immediate benefits are the reduction of leakage emissions from present plants, but longer term benefits accrue when future plants use data gathered to avoid using components known to case the most leakage problems.

Keywords

Chemical and process industries,Clean Air Act,Air pollution,Benchmarking,Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)


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