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September 18, 2018

EWN Named Official Training Partner of the TGA

Decatur, TX (September 18, 2018) – ENERGY worldnet, Inc. (EWN) is excited to announce a definitive agreement with the Texas Gas Association (TGA) to become TGA’s Official Training Partner. This partnership with TGA, headquartered in Houston, TX, combines TGA’s vision “to be an efficient and effective platform for the membership and the public for natural gas education, safety, and awareness and performance” with ENERGY worldnet’s position as the industry leader for OQ, safety training, and compliance. When asked about the partnership, Coleman Sterling, CEO of ENERGY worldnet, stated, “At EWN our vision is to make the world a safer place to work. Partnerships with dedicated organizations like the TGA are vital to accomplishing that goal. Together we are going to change the industry by providing phenomenal training and industry best practices to ALL pipeline operators and oil and gas contractors around the state.” Darrell Cherry, President of the Texas Gas Association, agreed, saying, “The alliance between our companies will bring a new and greater educational opportunity for the TGA members. This partnership will ensure that the natural gas community is the most educated and talented in the country. We look forward to the implementation of this enterprise.” Under the terms of the partnership, EWN has […]
August 6, 2018

Program Effectiveness – The Responsibility of Everyone

What are you doing to make the world a safer place to work? Does your program continually reduce incidents or accidents caused by human error? How effective is your current OQ Program? These are some of the questions you should be asking yourself regarding Program Effectiveness. What is Program Effectiveness? The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) offers an explanation on the Program Effectiveness Process. B31Q Standard, Part 11.1 states that “the qualification program shall include a process to appraise its effectiveness.” That “process” includes 3 parts – (1) Program Implementation, (2) Program Measures, and (3) Program Updates. Program Implementation: is used to “develop a process to evaluate if the program is being implemented and executed as ” Program Measures: is done to “appraise the effectiveness of the program.” Program Updates: is “incorporating changes into the program to address any deficiencies found as a result of the program implementation appraisals or program measures review.” It is recommended that you perform a program effectiveness review once every year at intervals not exceeding fifteen months. Projects, companies, and work environments change; with that, so do our OQ and other safety programs. That is why they must be reviewed annually. Isn’t Program Effectiveness […]
August 6, 2018

The Importance of PSMS (Pipeline Safety Management System)

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 align 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 incident in Marshall, MI where hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil spilled into surrounding lands and rivers. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigated this incident and concluded that inadequate pipeline safety was the root cause. Because of this, the NTSB tasked API with writing a recommended practice based on the findings of the investigation; thus, API RP 1173 Pipeline Safety Management System Requirement was born. API is aware that improvement can always be made when it comes to safety. To align with the industry goal of zero accidents/incidents, API created PSMS as a continuous improvement process that follows the Plan, Do, Act model. That means that is it is a cyclical process that is never “complete.” Within this continuous improvement process, there are 10 key elements that […]
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 […]
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