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November 8, 2018

ENERGY worldnet, Inc. Enters Virtual Reality Arena with Debut of Mobile Training Center for the Energy Industry

  November 6, 2018, Decatur, TX – ENERGY worldnet, Inc. (EWN) announced Wednesday the launch of their Mobile Training Center to bring blended learning and state-of-the-art virtual reality (VR) training to pipeline operators in the oil and gas industry. The EWN Mobile Training Center debuted this past week at the Texas Gas Association’s (TGA) Fall Board and Committee Meeting in League City, TX. In an innovative approach to training and education, the EWN Mobile Training Center allows trainees to experience learning in a hands-on virtual reality environment, a remarkable advancement in the safety training arena. When asked about the recent launch of the Mobile Training Center, Coleman Sterling, EWN’s CEO stated, “No single type of training is effective for 100% of any workforce. ENERGY worldnet is proudly answering the call for blended training by taking its existing computer-based (CBT) and instructor-led trainings (ILT) and including opportunities for hands-on, real-world training through VR and the EWN Mobile Training Center.” Sterling continued, “By adding virtual reality to our already extensive suite of offerings, we can now simulate field conditions like never before, allowing trainees to experience situational training in a safe, virtual environment. It’s one thing to have someone complete a CBT; […]
February 23, 2017

Cleveland Integrity Services selects EWN’s Pipeline Inspector Training Program (API 1169 Preparation)

It has been ten years since I sat in on some of my first meetings with industry veterans, listening to the debate on minimum requirements and credentials for pipeline inspectors, and the challenges associated with novice inspectors. The industry has made great progress since those days, and the pipeline industry and regulatory authorities are now encouraging and mandating that pipeline inspectors have documented evidence of their qualifications to perform inspections on jurisdictional pipelines. In support of these collective industry efforts, the American Petroleum Institute (API) has worked with industry trade associations and experts to develop an exam and certification known as the API Recommended Practice (RP) 1169 – Pipeline Construction Inspector. Pipeline construction inspectors must have broad knowledge relating to the construction of new onshore pipelines. This knowledge base must include topics such as specific roles and responsibilities, general pipeline safety, environmental and pollution control, regulatory requirements, and general pipeline construction processes and methodologies. The API 1169 Pipeline Construction Inspector Certification Exam is designed to determine if qualified candidates have such knowledge. API 1169 Endorsed by INGAA and CEPA The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), the INGAA Foundation Inc., and the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA), are major trade associations […]
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.┬á The PIPES Act, which is more formally known as the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016, reauthorizes the Pipeline Safety Act through the end of September 2020.┬á One of the top priorities of the Act is the requirement for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to fulfill the mandates from the 2011 re-authorization. The following is a recap of the main requirements of the PIPES Act of 2016: Provides funding for the operational expenses of PHMSA. Requires PHMSA to update Congress 120 days after the date of enactment of the Act and every 90 days thereafter on outstanding statutory directives, including the status of each mandate, reasons for its incompletion, and estimated completion date. Requires two reports on the effectiveness of integrity management programs for both natural gas pipelines and hazardous liquids pipelines. Requires a study on the new innovations in pipeline materials, corrosion prevention technology, and corresponding training. Requires vacancies to be filled on the Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee, the Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee, and […]
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 that the employee(s) had no role in the accident/incident. The additional language will also require operators to document specific reasons to justify why testing was not administered and to retain such documentation for at least three years. The current PHMSA regulations require documentation of decisions not to administer a post-accident alcohol test, however, documentation for decisions not to conduct a post-accident drug test is only implied in the regulation, although it is generally followed. PHMSA’s move to expand and clarify the language for post-accident/incident drug and alcohol testing stems from the National Transportation Safety Boards (NTSB) safety recommendation to PHMSA on September 26, 2011, via NTSB Recommendation. CURRENT PHMSA REGULATIONS 199.105 Drug tests required. Each operator shall conduct the following drug tests for the presence of a prohibited drug: (b) Post-accident testing. As soon as possible but no later than 32 hours after an accident, an operator shall drug test each employee whose performance either contributed to the accident or […]
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