Pipeline Safety

Implementing PSMS: Navigating the Challenges

Pipeline safety management is vital for ensuring the secure transportation of hazardous materials through pipelines in the oil and gas industry. In this overview, we will discuss key topics such as stakeholder engagement, leadership commitment, and effective communication systems. These elements are essential for fostering transparency, collaboration, and continuous improvement within organizations. By implementing robust […]

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Streamlining Compliance: Leveraging Software for Efficient Policy Alignment

Aligning company policies with regulatory requirements is crucial for ensuring compliance and safety across various industries, safeguarding both employees and the public. In today’s dynamic regulatory landscape, the need for efficient compliance management is paramount. This blog post, based on the conversation between Russel Treat and Mallory Gill in episode 328 of the Pipeliners Podcast,

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Leveraging Stakeholder Engagement to Advance PSMS

I. Introduction to PSMS and Stakeholder Engagement Pipeline Safety Management Systems (PSMS) are foundational frameworks for ensuring the integrity and safety of oil & gas pipeline operations. They integrate leadership commitment, risk management, and continuous improvement to systematically identify and mitigate risks. PSMS is not only a regulatory requirement but also a proactive approach to

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Assessment Intervals: Regulations and Challenges

Assessment intervals play a pivotal role in safeguarding against potential risks and failures, ensuring the integrity and reliability of pipelines.  Understanding assessment intervals is not only a regulatory necessity but a strategic imperative for maintaining effective integrity management programs. In this blog, we will break down the regulatory background of assessment and reassessment intervals, how

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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

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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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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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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How the PHMSA Gas Mega Rule Affects Safety and Compliance

In an effort to improve pipeline safety and minimize harm, the gas Mega Rule was issued by PHMSA after a years-long effort to fully define its scope. Part of the rule aimed at making updates to regulations based on lessons learned from pipeline incidents like the PG&E (Pacific Gas and Electric) rupture and release in

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Use API RP 1173 to Advance Your Pipeline Safety Management System

The pipeline industry is continuing to embrace the core elements of API RP 1173 (Pipeline Safety Management Systems / Pipeline SMS) to improve pipeline safety outcomes. However, the industry still lacks maturity in certain areas. That’s why pipeline leaders are continuing to emphasize Pipeline SMS during industry gatherings. Specifically, Pipeline SMS was one of the

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