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Strengthening Gas Distribution Pipeline Safety

Strengthening Gas Distribution Pipeline Safety: PHMSA’s Proposed Regulatory Changes

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has introduced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that outlines significant revisions to enhance the safety and reliability of gas distribution pipelines. The proposed changes outlined by PHMSA come in response to congressional mandates, an NTSB recommendation, and to implement lessons learned from the September 2018 incident …

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Enhancing Pipeline Safety Management Systems

Enhancing Pipeline Safety Management Systems

Pipeline safety is paramount in the energy industry, and ensuring the effectiveness of Pipeline Safety Management Systems (PSMS) is crucial. In this blog post, we will explore three essential aspects of PSMS: Cultural Assessments, Public Awareness, and Stakeholder Engagement. These elements collectively contribute to a robust safety culture within pipeline operations. Cultural Assessments: Fostering a …

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Assess Organizational Excellence

7 Questions to Assess Organizational Excellence

Organizational Excellence is a topic that comes up often in the industry, but many have a difficult time articulating exactly what it is. How do you measure the performance of organizational excellence? How do you close gaps in your safety programs? How do you verify that the improvements in organizational excellence are having the desired …

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Stakeholder Engagement | API RP 1162

Meeting Stakeholders Where They Are | API RP 1162

Effective stakeholder engagement and outreach are vital components of pipeline operations, ensuring safety and fostering positive relationships with communities and individuals near pipeline rights of way. As the industry evolves, it’s crucial for pipeline operators to leverage modern tools that align with API RP 1162, going beyond traditional methods of communication.  In this blog post, …

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Holistic Approach to PDCA | Program Suite

Program Suite: A Holistic Approach to PDCA

Organizations in our industry face a whole host of challenges around program management – implementing and tracking your operation’s safety program, introducing new personnel (from turnover, M&A’s, etc.), or maintaining regulatory compliance – to name a few. Additionally, you’re tasked with finding the best way to address those challenges with confidence.  Considering these challenges, a …

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Use Pipeline SMS to support pipeline risk management and support your culture in pipeline operations

Support Pipeline Risk Management and Your Culture Through a Quality Management Approach

Organizational failure is the underlying cause of many high-consequence pipeline incidents. It is one of the leading risks in pipeline operations, yet it is often overlooked because it is not considered an “on the pipe” risk. Operators need to incorporate organizational failure into how they think about pipeline risk management. Finding root cause problems and …

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