Sheila Howard

Pipeline operator reading new P.I. Confluence whitepaper on how to implement a preventive maintenance program for transmission pipelines

New Whitepaper: How to Implement PSMS as a Preventive Maintenance Program for Transmission Pipelines

Historically, transmission pipeline operators have focused on preventing and mitigating physical risks and threats to pipeline assets. It’s no secret why. The Preventive and Mitigative (P&M) regulation (49 CFR 192.935 for Gas Transmission Pipeline Integrity Management) primarily focuses on these “on the pipe” risks. The regulation cites third-party damage, outside force damage, valve failure, pipelines …

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Perform a PDCA Check to reduce risk and improve safety in your pipeline operation

PDCA Check: Close the Pipeline SMS Loop Through Check & Act

For many years, the pipeline industry has been very good at planning and doing. However, the industry has not been very good at formally checking and acting, which has increased the risk and consequence of safety issues in pipeline operations. In this era of Pipeline Safety Management Systems (PSMS), operators need to be Planning, Doing, …

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Pipelines subject to federal oversight via new PHMSA Gas Gathering Rule

New PHMSA Gas Gathering Rule Regulations: How Does This Affect You?

In late 2021, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a new final Gas Gathering Rule bringing 400,000+ miles of pipeline assets under federal jurisdiction. In this blog, we will take a high-level look at the new regulation contained in the PHMSA Gas Gathering Rule and present information on how the rule might …

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The Check in the Plan-Do-Check-Act Cycle supports process management for pipeline safety and the reduction of organizational failure

NTSB Most Wanted List 2021-2022: Support Safety Through Quality Management Control

In September 2010, a natural gas pipeline ruptured in San Bruno, California that led to the release of approximately 47.6 million cubic feet of natural gas. The gas ignited, causing a fire that damaged property, people, and the environment. More than a decade later, the San Bruno incident continues to serve as a reminder that …

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Person takes digital survey as part of Public Awareness programs for pipeline operators

Pipeline Safety: Take The Next Step With Public Awareness Programs for Pipeline Operators

Public Awareness programs for pipeline operators have historically been limited by a lack of engagement with stakeholders. Now, there is an opportunity to digitize Public Awareness programs so that operators can improve engagement and take the next step in supporting pipeline safety. Public Awareness is an important piece of Stakeholder Engagement within a Pipeline Safety …

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Utilize the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle to support pipeline safety and protect pipeline assets as part of a cultural assessment

Cultural Assessment: A Critical Tool to Support PSMS and Enhance Pipeline Safety

The safety culture in pipeline operations is based on a collection of the attitudes, perceptions, and values that your stakeholders share in relation to the risks within your operation. If you don’t assess the safety culture, you limit your ability to utilize stakeholder engagement to identify potential pipeline safety issues. You will also lack viable …

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