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PHMSA Announces Workshop on “Prevention Through People” (PTP)

This notice announces the first public workshop on PHMSA’s “Prevention Through People” (PTP) initiative. This workshop will gather information about noteworthy pipeline safety and integrity practices in control room operations, including measures for managing human risk factors such as fatigue. The information gathered will be used to develop an approach to control room management that enhances safety.

Sections 12 & 19 of the Pipeline Integrity, Protection, Enforcement and Safety Act of 2006 (PIPES Act), direct PHMSA to address various risks to pipeline integrity in which people play a large role, including fatigue and other safety concerns in control room management. PHMSA plans to use its PTP initiative to address these PIPES Act requirements.

Historically, PHMSA’s pipeline integrity management (IM) efforts were driven by making best use of risk data to prioritize risk control efforts. Third party damage and corrosion are only part of the safety picture. The next logical area of program development is to examine the role of people, including control center operators. Human error, including those caused by mistake or fatigue, can cause or exacerbate events involving releases leading to safety impacts.

Several existing regulations focus on the role of people in effectively managing safety. These include regulations on damage prevention programs (§ 192.614 and 195.442), public awareness (§ 192.616 and 195.440), and qualification of pipeline personnel (§ 192.801 and subpart G of part 195).

Preliminary Workshop Agenda

  • Prevention through People’ Overview.
  • Purpose and Goals of Workshop.
  • Fatigue and SCADA-NTSB.
  • Fatigue-Panel Discussion.
  • Computer Interface and Change Management-Panel Discussion.
  • Control Room Practices-Panel Discussion.
  • Risk Approach to Control Room Management- PHMSA

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, May 23, 2007 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.

The workshop will take place at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Conference Center, 429 L’Enfant Plaza, SW., Washington, DC 20594.

For additional information regarding this workshop contact Byron Coy at (609) 989-2180, or by e-mail.