January 2010

Are you ready for a Public Awareness Plan Audit?

A recent NTSB accident investigation determined that an operator’s oversight and evaluation of the effectiveness of the public education program, and the performance of the public awareness contractor, were inadequate. The NTSB recommended that PHMSA exercise their right to review the operators’ evaluation process to determine the effectiveness of the public awareness plans developed. Will…

2010 ASME International Engineering Congress and Exhibition – Call for Abstracts

Our president, Bill Byrd, is chair of the Safety Engineering, Risk Analysis, and Reliability Methods track at the ASME International Engineering Congress and Exhibition in Vancouver, Canada, November 12 – 18, 2010. Authors are encouraged to submit abstracts for papers that they would like to present at the congress. In addition to the general topics…

Advisory Bulletin ADB-09-03 – Operator Qualification Programs

The Department of Transportation/Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued Advisory Bulletin ADB-09-03 informing pipeline operators about the standardized notification process for operator qualification (OQ) plan transmittal from the operator to PHMSA. PHMSA has added to the glossary of definitions of the terms “Observation of on-the-job performance” as applicable to determining employee qualification and “Significant”…

DOT Pipeline Compliance Workshop – Gas, Liquids, DIMP & Control Room Management

March 2, 3, and 4, 2010 / Houston, TX Join us March 2-4, 2010 in Houston at the Crowne Plaza Downtown for an informative, lively, and interactive workshop on DOT Pipeline Compliance and OPA Planning for DOT Pipelines. This workshop has been attended by hundreds of pipeline personnel, with excellent feedback. The workshop provides an…

Extension of Comment Period – DIMP Coupling Failure Reporting Requirement

[Docket No. PHMSA-RSPA-2004-19854] On December 4, 2009, PHMSA published a final rule (74 FR 63905) under Docket No. PHMSA-RSPA-2004-19854 amending the Pipeline Safety Regulations (49 CFR Parts 190-199) to require operators of gas distribution pipelines to develop and implement integrity management programs. In that final rule, PHMSA adopted a requirement that operators report failures of…