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Topic: Are specific tests better than general tests regarding process safety?

anonymous
We have several tests for our mechanics in our plant and some people think the questions we ask for the test are not the best ones. Examples of some questions are: What type of gaskets are used on the discharge of the Lewis Acid Pumps? What type of electrodes are necessary to weld the manways in place at the #1 and #2 Cold Pass Heat Exchangers? What type of bolts and nuts are used on the manways at the 4-A Superheater? These questions are really specific questions. Do you think is better to replace those questions with: Where do you find the gasket specs? What procedure is used for this? Do you have an example of a mechanic test that maybe I can refer to?
  • Avatar Dennis Hendershot Forum Moderator 19 Posts

    Re: Are specific tests better than general tests regarding process safety?

    I think there is room in tests for both kinds of questions, and I have seen tests with a mixture of both. The specific questions test knowledge of a specific procedure and that is important. It might be a good idea to use different important specific procedures for questions for different training sessions, rather than always using the same one. I also see your point about testing for more general knowledge using more general knowledge questions. You want to be sure that the mechanics have both kinds of knowledge - general and the specific procedures or maintenance activities.
  • Avatar Raymond Gerhart Community Member 1 Post

    Re: Are specific tests better than general tests regarding process safety?

    Tests foir knowledge should not test a person's memory so much as their ability to find the correct information and use it. Your work environment should be tested to ensure the practice of looking it up rather than gusessing is culture . You can also ask the people being tested what they would want their peers to know