Importance of Housekeeping and Cleanliness at Workplace...

Importance of Housekeeping and Cleanliness at Workplace Housekeeping and cleanliness at the workplace are closely linked to the industrial safety. The degree, to which these activities are effectively managed, is an indicator of the safety culture of the organization. Housekeeping and cleanliness not only make the organization a safer place to work in but also provide a big boost to the image of the organization. These activities also (i) improve efficiency and productivity, (ii) helps in maintaining good control over the processes, and (iii) assist in maintaining the quality of the product. These important aspects of housekeeping and cleanliness are shown in Fig 1. Fig1 Important aspects of housekeeping and cleanliness There are several signs which reflect poor housekeeping and cleanliness at the workplace in the organization. Some of these signs are (i) cluttered and poorly arranged work areas, (ii) untidy or dangerous storage of materials (such as materials stuffed in corners and overcrowded shelves etc.), (iii) dusty and dirty floors and work surfaces, (iv) items lying on the shop floor which are in excess or no longer needed, (v) blocked or cluttered aisles and exits, (vi) tools and equipment left in work areas instead of being returned to proper storage places, (vii) broken containers and damaged materials, (vii) overflowing waste bins and containers, and (viii) spills and leaks etc. Housekeeping and cleanliness refer to the processes which ensure facilities, equipment, work areas and access routes are kept in good condition. This condition is required for supporting safe and reliable operation and maintenance during normal plant operation. Additionally, during the emergency, housekeeping and cleanliness ensure that the plant operations are not inhibited. Further, the housekeeping and cleanliness both are interrelated. Reaching a good standard in one of them is difficult without reaching a good...

Role and Responsibilities of Project Manager in a Steel Project...

Role and Responsibilities of Project Manager in a Steel Project A project manager is usually a person who has the overall responsibility of managing a project successfully during its various stages in its life cycle consisting of initiation, planning, design, execution, monitoring, controlling, and closure. Because of the vastness of a steel project, there are several project managers in a steel project each having responsibility of an area of the project. A project manager is normally a person who keeps all the elements of a project together. Project manager is the ‘man in-charge’ of the project and is required to take responsibility as the project leader. Project manager reports to the management of the steel project and is responsible for the project progress to the management. The job of the project manager includes appraising the steel project management timely all the issues concerning the projects through a well laid out reporting system. The project manager is to run all the affairs of the project during its life cycle and is responsible to complete the project successfully utilizing the authority delegated to him by the steel project management. Project manager is to operate within the triple constraints of the project which are time, resources, and quality. The role of the project manager encompasses several activities which include the following. Complete planning for the project. Sequencing of project activities and creating an environment which is conducive to produce results. Developing of an efficient, honest, and motivated team of employees which works hard for achieving the objectives of the project. Developing budgets for getting finances from the steel project management to fund the expenditures needed for the project. Management of available resources in an efficient manner. Developing schedules for different stages of the project and management of...

Design and Engineering for Steel Project...

Design and Engineering for Steel Project Design and engineering activities are most critical for a steel project. They start at the time of the initiation of the project and continue for the whole life cycle of the project i.e. till the project is completed and handed over for operation. Further, nature of the design and engineering activities undergo changes as the steel project moves forward on its path of progress. Design and engineering consists of the task of translating a set of functional requirements of the project into a full set of specifications and drawings providing the details needed. It involves a variety of special fields which include (i) process engineering, (ii) civil engineering, (iii) structural engineering, (iv) mechanical engineering, (v) electrical engineering, (vi) fluid engineering, (vii) instrumentation and control engineering, (viii) automation and control activities, (ix) geo-technical engineering, and (x) environmental and safety engineering etc. In a steel project, whether it is a green field or a brown field, design and engineering is the most essential activity, since no other activity can take place without it. In fact, all the project activities have very high dependence on the design and engineering. As an example, the plant and equipment are procured based on technical specifications determined during project engineering. Similarly the erection of plant and equipment is carried out as per erection drawings. During design and engineering, it is necessary to take regulatory authorities approval on certain categories of drawing and documents. These approvals are to be taken well in time so that further engineering work can proceed without fear of it becoming redundant in case the regulatory authorities seek major modification of drawing and documents before according the approval. During design and engineering, a very large amount of information is handled. The type...

Steel Project and Phases in its life cycle...

Steel Project and Phases in its life cycle Steel project consists of activities through which a steel plant is conceptualize, designed, constructed and handed over for operation for the production of steel products. Steel project being a large scale in nature requires considerable time period as well as funds for its execution. Further, steel project is normally driven by the triple constraints which represent the balance of time, resources (human and otherwise), and technical performance (quality). Every steel project is unique in nature. This is because one steel project differs from other steel project with respect to its composition and the nature of the triple constraints. Also, steel project does not involve repetitive processes which are very common with the operation of the steel plant. Time scale of a steel project is well defined and it has a clear specified start and end date within which the project is to be completed and handed over for its operations. Steel project has an approved budget and the project is required to be completed within the allocated level of financial resources. Other resources needed for the project execution such as equipment and materials as well as human resources are also usually limited. Steel project also involves an element of risk. It has to overcome several uncertainties as it moves forward during its execution. Many of these uncertainties are caused by external factors and cannot be foreseen. The uncertainties generally result into disruption in the process of project planning as well as in the execution of the project. Every steel project has a life cycle. It starts with the initiation of the project and ends with the handing over of the plant for operation. There are some of the project activities, which extend beyond the handing over...

Project Planning in a Steel Project...

Project Planning in a Steel Project A steel project is a series of activities which takes place over a pre-arranged period of time to achieve a specified aim of commissioning of the project. The activities of steel project are usually one time activities which are not to be repeated in near future. Steel project activities differ from plant operation which consists mostly of routine activities. For achieving the specified aim, it is essential that project activities are properly and systematically planned. Project planning is done to increase the likelihood that the project will be implemented efficiently, effectively and successfully. Also, it is very much necessary that required time, resources, and efforts are provided as well used for the preparation of the project plan since a defective plan can lead the project to a situation which becomes out of control of the project team. A project plan is a formal, approved document of the project which guides the project execution and is required for the management and control of the project. It forms the basis for all the actions which are required to be taken by the project team for the implementation of the project. The planning document is not of permanent nature since it is necessary to continuously update it as the work of the project progresses. Project planning is important since (i) it guides the project team in its activities, (ii) it helps the project team to remain on track while progressing on work, (iii) It helps in focused monitoring of the work progress, (iv) it helps in the effective use of the resources, and (v) it creates confidence in everyone connected with the project that the project team by following the plans is on right course towards achievement of the results. The...

Project Monitoring

Project Monitoring Project monitoring is an integral part of the project management. It provides understanding of the progress of the project so that appropriate corrective actions can be taken when the performance deviates significantly from the planned path. It consists of regular systematic collection and analysis of information to track the progress of the project implementation against pre-set targets and objectives. It is an important management tool which, if used properly, provides continuous feedback on the project implementation progress as well assists in the identification of potential successes and constraints to facilitate timely decisions. Effective monitoring of the project is a critical element of good project management. It supports informed and timely decision making by the management and provides accountability for achieving results. It is a key part of project cycle management. It is to be built into the project at the planning stage. It is not an ‘add on’ tool which can be used during mid-way of the project implementation. On the other hand, it is to be woven throughout the project. Project monitoring clarifies project objectives, links activities and their resources to objectives, translates objectives into performance indicators and sets targets, routinely collects data on these indicators, compares actual results with targets, and reports progress to the management and alerts the management about the problems which frequently gets cropped up during the implementation of the project. It provides information to the management whether the project is proceeding as per schedule relative to the targets or there is time over run in the project implementation. It also focuses, in particular, on the efficiency and the use of resources during the project implementation. It provides support to the management in its efforts to complete the project in time and within the budget. Project monitoring...