Codes, Standards & best Practices
- Standards are the documents, prepared by a professional societies or committee, which are believed to be efficient engineering practices and which contain mandatory requirements.
- The users are responsible for correct application of the same. Compliance with the standard does not itself confer immunity from legal obligations.
- Code is a group of general rules or systematic procedures for design, fabrication, installation and inspection that are adopted by legal jurisdiction and made into law.
- Codes are intended to set forth engineering requirements deemed necessary for safe design and construction of piping installations.
- A code has the force of law unlike standards which are voluntarily accepted guidelines which become mandatory only when incorporated into a business contract.
- Recommended practices are documents prepared by professional group or committee indicating good engineering practices but which are optional.
- Companies also develop their own recommended practices in order to have consistency in design and to avoid having one project differ substantially from others.