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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 […]
May 21, 2015

OSHA Confined Space Construction Final Rule

On May 1, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a Final Rule addressing Confined Spaces in Construction (29 CFR Part 1926). This new subpart will be a comprehensive standard comprised of a permit program aimed at protecting employees […]
May 18, 2015

Christmas in July: EWN Water Drive a Success!

For the last few weeks, we have held a water drive for local fire departments here at EWN. We are reaching the time of the summer when there are constant grass fires and long days for these folks and the […]
April 28, 2015

Industry Evolution: New OQ Task Requirements

OPERATOR QUALIFICATION: DEFINITION OF A ΓÇ£COVERED TASKΓÇ¥ The OQ NPRM proposes to change the OQ Rule criteria for what constitutes a “covered task” from the current 4-part test to a much broader 2-part test. Currently, a covered task is defined […]
January 23, 2015

Training: Cold Stress and Related Dangers

Cold stress can be an issue for workers that are required to labor in any type of cold environment for an extended amount of time. During cold temperatures, the human body works harder to maintain a consistent internal temperature. According […]
January 23, 2015

Strategic Safety Programs

Organizations have changing needs, including safety needs. According to EHS Today, “the need for strategic change in safety is ambushing many organizations in today’s climate. Many organizations fail to realize in a timely manner that changing workforces require changing safety […]
November 21, 2014

PHMSA Penalties Effect on Pipeline Incidents

In April of 2014, PHMSA released a statement summarizing the impact of strict enforcement on pipeline safety compliance for 2013. PHMSA proposed more than $9.7 million in civil penalties against pipeline operators who violated safety regulations the highest yearly amount […]
November 21, 2014

PHMSA 9 Protocols: Form 14 (Numbers 17 & 19)

Welcome back to our overview of the PHMSA 9 Protocols/Form 14- 22 Elements. As we have mentioned in our last few articles, PHMSA’s 9 Inspection Protocols historically were listed 1-9 with each having several sub-parts. In August of 2013, PHMSA […]
October 2, 2014

PHMSA 9 Protocols: Form 14 – 22 Elements (Protocols 10,11 & 12)

Welcome back to our overview of the PHMSA 9 Protocols/Form 14- 22 Elements. As we mentioned in our last few articles, PHMSA’s 9 Inspection Protocols historically were listed 1-9 with each having several sub-parts. In August of 2013, PHMSA split […]
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