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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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