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Impairment handling

Impairment Handling


What is an impairment

Impairment Handling

What is an Impairment?

  • An impairment is:

    Any interruption of normal fire protection

    … for any reason, for any length of time


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When locked open a valve is less likely to be closed

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When locked open, a valve is less likely to be closed:

  • Accidentally

  • For malicious reasons

  • Prematurely during a fire emergency


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When locking valves

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When Locking Valves:

  • Use a 2-inch drain test to confirm valve is reopened

  • Provide non-breakable, shackle-type locks, rather than combination or breakaway locks

  • Verify locks and chains can be severed with bolt cutters.

  • Use weather-resistant locks.


The impairment permit system is designed to alert people that a valve must be shut so they can

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The Impairment Permit System is Designed to Alert People that a Valve Must be Shut so They Can:

  • Take necessary precautions and provide temporary protection

  • Handle the impairment safely and rapidly

  • Make sure the shut valve is not “forgotten”


The impairment tag permit

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The Impairment Tag Permit


Before the impairment

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Before the Impairment

  • Use The Impairment Tag Permit System

  • Plan to work during idle periods

  • Shutdown hazardous operations

  • Arrange for temporary protection

  • Have everything ready

  • Notify Local Fire Department, alarm company, etc.

  • Contact Allianz or Risk Management


Contact allianz or risk management who can recommend how to

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Contact Allianz or Risk Management who can recommend how to:

Before the Impairment

  • Isolate the impairment

  • Reduce the hazard

  • Provide temporary protection

  • Shorten the length of the impairment


During the impairment

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During the Impairment

  • Control ignition sources

  • Work without interruption

  • Patrol the affected area

  • Attach the permit to the impaired equipment


During the impairment1

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During the Impairment

  • Use Impairment Tag Permit

The Fire Protection Equipment Supervisor:

  • Records the actual date and

    time of impairment

  • Records the actual number

    of turns to close, if a valve

  • Attaches the permit

    to the impaired equipment


After the impairment

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After the Impairment

  • Make sure fire protection is restored to automatic service

  • Reset alarms and notify Local Fire Department, alarm company, etc.

  • Complete Impairment Tag Permit

  • Contact Allianz or Risk Management


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After the Impairment

  • The fire protection equipment Supervisor documents that protection is restored on the permit and returns it to the Impairment Coordinator who:

    • reviews the completed permit

    • notifies Allianz or Risk Management protection is restored

    • transmits the information recorded on the permit


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