Pipeline SMS

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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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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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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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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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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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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New Whitepaper: Advancing Pipeline SMS Through Stakeholder Engagement

Stakeholder Engagement is one of the core elements of Pipeline Safety Management Systems (Pipeline SMS) outlined in API 1173. It is a critical element that can be applied to each of the 10 core elements of PSMS as a mechanism to collect feedback from stakeholders to identify and prioritize corrective actions and areas for improvement.

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Pipeliners Podcast: How to Support the Full Pipeline SMS Life Cycle

P.I. Confluence sponsored the Second Quarter 2021 episodes of the Pipeliners Podcast, a leading industry resource for pipeline education through conversation. As part of our sponsorship, we had the opportunity to discuss several key topics around Pipeline SMS (PSMS) on the weekly podcast. – Gary White, our company’s founder and subject matter expert in process

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