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July 20, 2018

Contractor Management IS the hottest topic in the oil & gas industry.

How closely are you managing your contractors?  How closely are you being managed by your Operators?   Staying in compliance is always an issue for members of the oil and gas industry, especially pipeline operators. Operators feel the burden of all rules and regulations, not only for their internal staff but for their contractor and subcontractor employees as well. No matter the size of your operating company, ensuring that your workforce and your contractors’ workforce is qualified and up to date on their qualifications, certifications, and minimum requirements, is nearly impossible. PHMSA has talked a lot recently about making sure that operators are taking responsibility for their contractors. Brian Dresel with PHMSA spoke at the SGA Training Conference in Denver, CO on June 6-8, 2018. In his PHMSA Update he: Recommended that Operators consider setting a total number (2-3) of attempts on exams in their OQ Plan. Asked the Operators if the Contractors are following their requirements for OQ Tests. The answer by the Operators is No. Analyzed the challenges in dealing with disqualification. Brian asked, “How do you know you are using the right Contractors?” Example: Employee 1 works for ABC Contractor. Employee 1 becomes disqualified, and Operator 1 […]
July 19, 2018

EWN Compliance Advice: How do we implement API RP 1173 and Pipeline Safety Management System (PSMS)?

Have you heard of the API Recommended Practice 1173? Do you know what goes into a Pipeline Safety Management System (PSMS)? Have you heard of the API Recommended Practice 1173? Do you know what goes into a Pipeline Safety Management System (PSMS)? Operators around the country are scrambling to ensure that their pipeline systems have some sort of safety management system in place to make sure that they are in compliance with API RP 1173. If you are wondering how and why this recommended practice came to be, you are not alone. In 2010 there was a pipeline accident in Marshall, MI where hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil spilled into surrounding lands and rivers. Due to this incident, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigated and concluded that pipeline safety was the root cause Because of this the NTSB tasked API with writing a recommended practice based on the findings of the NTSB investigation; thus, API RP 1173 Pipeline Safety Management System Requirement was born. PSMS is a continuous improvement process that follows the Plan, Do, Check, Act model. That means that it is a cyclical process and it is never “complete.” Improvement can always be made when […]
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