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There are policies, technical standards and procedures in place to describe how to use and operate machinery and equipment safely.

What does 'in place' in the above sentence exactly mean? Does it mean that the policies, etc are already operational, or what....??
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The expression "in place" means "suitable" or "appropriate". The opposite is "out of place".

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Can we change the above sentence to "Policies, technical standards and procedures are in place to describe how to use and operate machinery and equipment safely."?
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Klatifz: Yes, your modification sounds fine.

Orpheus: I think "in place" here means "established". "...procedures are established to..."
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Do you think so? In this particular case, either interpretation is acceptable. As an engineer working with this type of quotes, believe me, you never know what was exactly meant unless you have the whole paragraph at hand. My interpretation of "in place" was not an invetion of mine. Just go and check a dictionary. Sometimes, the literature in English comes from non-native countries, so mistranslations are another problem to be considered.

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