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January 20, 2017

PHMSA to Release Anticipated Final Rule on Monday – Sort of

Let’s get something clear… PHMSA is publishing a Final Rule on Monday (January 23rd), but it does NOT include the OQ portion that will have the biggest impact on the industry. There are 132 pages in the new PHMSA Final […]
July 26, 2016

Industry Evolution: Incident/Accident Reporting, Farm Taps & More

In this final installment in the EWN Educational Series on the Industry Evolution, EWN will recap miscellaneous provisions of the NPRM for Operator Qualification, Cost Recovery, Accident and Incident Notification, and Other Pipeline Safety Proposed Changes (also known as the […]
July 20, 2016

Industry Evolution: Ensuring Program Effectiveness

In the preceding editions of this EWN Educational Series, EWN has reviewed PHMSA’s proposals for a new definition of a covered task, changes to span-of-control limits, new training requirements, new evaluator selection and training requirements, a new management of change […]
July 18, 2016

Industry Evolution: OQ NPRM Management of Change & Recordkeeping

As PHMSA continues to promote the adoption of safety and quality management systems in the industry, the use of effective management of change (MOC) processes become even more critical for all companies. These efforts can assist regulated operators to ensure […]
July 14, 2016

OQ NPRM Educational Series (Industry Evolution)

Struggling with the OQ NPRM? ┬áEWN can help. ┬áThis education series breaks down the modifications and additions laid out in the OQ NPRM. ┬áIt is paramount that our industry understands exactly what is expected and how to adapt to the […]
July 12, 2016

Industry Evolution: New OQ Task Requirements

OPERATOR QUALIFICATION: DEFINITION OF A “COVERED TASK” 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 […]
July 8, 2016

Industry Evolution: Understanding the Impacts of the OQ NPRM

  The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has proposed amendments, updates and clarifications to the pipeline safety regulations to address Section 9 (Accident and Incident Notification) and Section 13 (Cost Recovery for Design Reviews) of the Pipeline Safety, […]
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 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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