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What are AOCs: Am I Qualified or Not Qualified?

Are your employees qualified for Abnormal Operating Conditions?

That is the question.

And far too often, because of uncertainty, we hear of accidents and mishaps in the field. These incidents are costly, too.

According to, in 2013, all pipeline-related incidents totaled just over $300 million in damages. Materials, welding and equipment failure, accounted for 44% of that total, resulting in over $124 million. PHMSA also collected over $1.8 million in fines relating to civil penalty actions, due to improper compliance, training, and other regulatory shortcomings.

In order to ensure employees are in full compliance with both the intent and the prescriptive requirements of the OQ Rule, EWN provides both general and task specific AOCs in a variety of formats such as:

  • General AOCs for Natural Gas, Hazardous Liquids, and Control Rooms
  • Task Specific AOCs (23 training/evaluations and 30 evaluations only)
  • AOC training into OQ Training Courses and Written Evaluations
  • Incorporated AOC questions into OQ Performance Evaluations


Have questions about AOCs? We can help – contact us today!