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July 5, 2016

PIPES Act of 2016 & PHMSA Penalties Increased

PIPES Act of 2016 Signed into Law The PIPES Act of 2016 was signed into law by President Obama on June 22, 2016. The PIPES Act, which is more formally known as the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing […]
June 20, 2016

OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Final Rule

EWN strives to set the safety & compliance industry standard by understanding regulatory changes and updating existing courses as needed. OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Final Rule takes effect on June 23rd, 2016. The Final Rule includes separate standards for Construction […]
February 9, 2016

The Silent Killer: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

The Mayo Clinic defines carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning as “an illness caused by exposure to too much carbon monoxide” – a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas. Too much carbon monoxide in the air you breathe can greatly diminish your ability […]
August 20, 2015

PHMSA’s Pipeline Damage Prevention Programs Final Rule

PHMSA issued the Pipeline Damage Prevention Programs Final Rule and thereby established the process for evaluating state excavation damage prevention programs. This final ruling also established a federal standard for enforcement in states where such requirements were inadequate or non-existent. […]
July 6, 2015

Industry Evolution: Updated Drug & Alcohol Testing

PHMSA has proposed updates to the requirements for drug and alcohol testing of employees after an accident/incident. The revised and new language in the OQ NPRM limits exemptions from post-accident/incident testing only to situations when sufficient information exists to establish […]
June 25, 2015

Two Trains Passing in the Mountains Experience a Natural Gas Explosion

On June 3, 1989 in Russia’s Ural Mountains near the town of Ufa, a natural gas pipeline experienced a significant drop in pressure indicating a possible gas leak. In an effort to keep the pressure up, pipeline workers increased the […]
June 25, 2015

2014 Manhattan Gas Explosion (NTSB Coverage)

NTSB Meeting Covering the 3/12/2014 New York City, NY East Harlem District of Manhattan Gas Explosion On June 9, 2015, the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) held a meeting to discuss the findings and final rulings on the 3/12/2014 New […]
June 25, 2015

Safety First: OSHA Heat App

Summer is here and so are the temperatures! Safety must come first when working outside during the summertime to avoid heat-related illnesses. To assist with this, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has developed and released an OSHA Heat App […]
June 23, 2015

Industry Evolution: Training is Key in OQ NPRM

In this edition of the EWN Educational Series on the Industry Evolution, EWN reviews the significant expansion of mandatory training requirements proposed by PHMSA. The following information summarizes PHMSA’s proposed regulatory changes, guidance provided to PHMSA by the Pipeline Advisory […]
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