Implementation of the CMS Framework

The previous sections describe the general approach toward developing and implementing a corrosion management framework. In Appendix B, a guidelines document is presented that can be used to implement a CMS framework. The guidance document can be used as a standalone document as well as part of an organization’s overall management system. Most organizations have management systems in place, in which case incorporation of corrosion management into the existing management systems is the preferred approach.

Primarily, two specific groups of personnel will be impacted during the implementation of a CMS: management and corrosion specialists. Management, driven by an awareness of the potential threat of corrosion, will be responsible for:

  • Demonstrating commitment to corrosion by establishing policies and strategies and setting goals and objectives.
  • Maintaining clear descriptions of the required roles and responsibilities.
  • Aligning authority for the corrosion specialist with the identified risk level.
  • Developing and tracking measurable goals for corrosion-related risks.
  • Securing an appropriate budget for implementing corrosion-related plans.

Alternatively, corrosion specialists, driven by the principles of ALARP, will be responsible for determining the optimum mitigation approach to achieve the acceptable level of risk by:

  • Assessing the level of risk in absolute terms, where higher risks justify additional expenditure on controls.
  • Determining the magnitude of the potential consequences to rank the risks accordingly.
  • Verifying that the proposed and existing corrosion control measures are consistent with industry best practice.
  • Evaluating the reliability of the corrosion control technologies, including conservative assumptions for new/novel technologies.
  • Knowing the cost of additional corrosion control measures.
  • Comprehending the degree to which the existing assets or asset systems are inherently safe.
  • Understanding the performance of existing corrosion controls, especially compared to the expectations of their performance.