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July 15, 2014

Understanding PHMSA’s 9 OQ Inspection Protocols

Over the next few newsletters, we will uncover information about the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) Operator Qualification (OQ) Rule. We will also breakdown the nine protocols associated with PHSMA Inspection Form 14 to help you gain a better understanding of the inspection process. Before going too much further, we must take a look at why the need for OQ. This will give better insight into the why and what behind the nine protocols. It all began nearly 15 years ago when the final OQ Rule went into effect in October of 1999. The OQ Rule was set up to apply safeguards around the public and industry in regards to the operation and maintenance activities on natural gas and hazardous liquid pipelines. PHMSA is the primary federal regulatory agency responsible for ensuring pipeline safety and reliability. Rules governing pipeline safety are included in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Parts 190-199. The requirements of the OQ Rule are incorporated into 49 CFR 192 (natural gas) and 195 (hazardous liquids) with the intention being to: Ensure a qualified workforce, and Reduce the probability and consequence of incidents caused by human error The PHSMA OQ Inspection Form […]
June 27, 2014

OSHA Hazard Identification Web Tool

Step into the virtual world of hazard identification and prevention. With OSHA’s new interactive, web-based educational game, workers will be able to engage in a virtual representation of small business manufacturing and construction industries hazard scenarios. The web tool features three scenarios: Visual Inspection, Manufacturing Facility and Construction. The online learning tool is free┬áand will help educate workers on identifying hazards in their workplace and correcting them. Finding and fixing hazards before they happen is the name of the game in both reality and virtual reality. By identifying common on-the-job hazards through visual representations, users will increase their awareness of accident prevention, which will help them pinpoint the hazard before an accident happens. This is a critical aspect for small businesses; it not only saves lives┬ábut decreases injury and financial setbacks. Furthermore, on the job injuries and illnesses in the United States have a weekly tab that towers an average of over $1 billion a week. Get engaged in the game and check out OSHA’s Hazard Identification Training Tool on their website. For further AOC training, EWN is proud to offer variety of OSHA and general safety training courses to help keep you and your crew safe. Additionally, EWN offers […]
June 11, 2014

Proper Heat Safety Training

With the summer fast approaching, and June being National Safety Month, what better timing than now to talk about Heat Safety? Heat illness is not to be taken lightly. It can be deadly. This is why for the fourth consecutive summer OSHA is launching a Heat Illness Prevention Campaign, Water.Rest.Shade., to raise awareness as the temperatures rise to share about the importance of working in hot weather. In addition, the National Safety Council also advises those who are going to be working outside to take preventative measures and listen to their body while working in high temperatures, especially with high humidity. Heat is the most deadly, weather-related illness, according to the NOAA.gov. Statistics show that heat strokes are the number one fatality. The NSC describes a heat stroke as a circumstance when the body builds up too much heat, and sweating it out just isn’t enough. A person may become delusional or lose consciousness. If one does not receive proper care by ridding the body of excess heat, the body essentially “cooks” itself from the inside out. If the victim does survive, the brain and other vital organs may suffer permanent damage. OSHA has provided a number of educational resources […]
April 9, 2014

ASME B31Q Updates

B31Q Task Lists To Be Updated Our education team is always working hard to give you the best possible training experience and it’s time for you to reap the benefits of their recent hard work. ENERGY worldnet, Inc. has updated the standardized ASME B31Q Task List in the EWN system with our most current content. As an Owner-Operator, EWN is available to assist you in the adoption of new training and evaluation content as part of your OQ program. On May 15, 2014 ENERGY worldnet, Inc. will also be making updates to the standardized ASME B31Q Task List utilized by contractors. Contractors utilizing EWN’s standardized B31Q Task List for general qualifications not tied to a specific operator should be sure to archive Operator Qualification Compliance (OQC) reports before the updates on May 15, because some of the evaluation requirements will be updated to include our newest materials. If you would like to inquire about updating your Operator Task List, being connected to the B31Q Task List, or if you need assistance archiving your current qualifications, please give us a call at (940) 626-1941. Our customer service team is happy to help!
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