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Controlling OSHA’s Replacement In Kind

William N. Weaver, P.E. and John C. Huang, Ph.D., P.E.

Course Outline

The course contains an introduction to the concept of Replacement in Kind with information on which regulatory bodies are involved. The reasons for and benefits of the process are included. Specific problems are presented in the material and questions to show the depth and breadth of the processes.

Included are guidelines indicating how to use the Replacement in Kind process along with the method of selecting the proper equipment. Specific instructions are provided to guide the engineer on how the change under consideration impacts individual component changes.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

The student should add the following to his experience base from this course:

Intended Audience

The course is directed at engineers and managers responsible for implementation of the Management of Change process and facility maintenance.

Benefits to Attendee

The intended audience will receive the following benefits from this course material.

An understanding and appreciation for the “replacement in kind” concept
An understanding of the influence of regulatory bodies on the “replacement in kind” concept
Information on the proper handling of maintenance in the regulated facilities
An understanding of the pitfalls of “replacement in kind” concept
An understanding of the impact of misinterpretation of “functional equivalence” on repair costs and time lines
An introduction to a different approach to selecting equipment

Course Introduction

This course material is designed to introduce the engineer to the benefits, hazards and concept behind the “replacement in kind” process. The material is supported by examples in the body and questions in the quiz. Additional precautions are presented to keep the process of repair on track and help control the cost of change.

Course Content

The course content is in the following PDF files:

Controlling OSHA’s Replacement In Kind

You need to open or download above documents to study this course.

Course Summary

Completion of this material will provide the engineer with sufficient information to utilize the concept of “functional equivalence” to the maximum benefit of his / her facility. The material is presented with examples and explanations.


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.