NTSB Meeting Covering the 3/12/2014 New York City, NY East Harlem District of Manhattan Gas Explosion On June 9, 2015, the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) held a meeting to discuss the findings and final rulings on the 3/12/2014 New York City, NY East Harlem District of Manhattan Gas Explosion. The final ruling is expected to be released sometime in July. The NTSB determined two factors contributing to the probable cause of the incident: Failure of a defective fuse joint at a service tee A breach in the adjacent sewer line that allowed groundwater and soil to flow into the sewer that was left unrepaired since at least 2006, resulting in a loss of support for the gas main, which caused the line to sag; thereby overstressing the defective fusion joint Recommendations determined through the NTSB meeting outline and follow industry best practices for integrity management, quality work procedures performed by qualified individuals, emergency planning, strategic isolation valve placement, and thorough audit processes on a 5-year basis. Video of full meeting: All Meetings – Flash Media – Windows Media – Mobile Version 2014 East Harlem Gas Explosion discussions begins about 210 minutes into the presentation recording or can be accessed at the beginning by selecting […]
Summer is here and so are the temperatures! Safety must come first when working outside during the summertime to avoid heat-related illnesses. To assist with this, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has developed and released an OSHA Heat App for your mobile device! The OSHA Heat App calculates the current heat index and risk level of a particular area or job site using the current temperature and humidity level. Based on the heat index and risk level, the OSHA Heat App provides a Precautions button to help reduce the risk of heat-related illnesses and accidents. By clicking the Precautions button, the user will receive reminders for such things as rest breaks and fluid intake. The OSHA Heat App is available in English and Spanish for Andriods or iPhones. To download your OSHA Heat App today, please visit: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/heat_index/heat_app.html.
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 Committees (PACs), and comments regarding the impact of these proposed changes on the industry. Mandatory OQ Training Under current regulations, an individual may rely on his/her experience to be evaluated and qualified to perform a covered task, and training is only required “as appropriate.” Specific documentation of training is not currently a qualification or program recordkeeping requirement. PHMSA previously issued guidance on training expectations via FAQs found at: https://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/oq/faqs.htm#4 Current Regulation: 49 CFR 192.805(h) and 195.505(h). After December 16, 2004, provide training, as appropriate, to ensure that individuals performing covered tasks have the necessary knowledge and skills to perform the tasks in a manner that ensures the safe operation of pipeline facilities; The pending OQ NPRM is a significant shift to the current OQ Rule by mandating actual documented training, in addition to evaluations, for a covered task prior to an individual being allowed to perform that covered task (except when doing so under span-of-control). This requirement includes being trained […]
On May 1, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a Final Rule addressing Confined Spaces in Construction (29 CFR Part 1926). This new subpart will be a comprehensive standard comprised of a permit program aimed at protecting employees from associated work hazards in confined spaces, such as atmospheric and physical. Furthermore, the Final Rule includes “several provisions addressing construction-specific hazards, accounts for advancements in technology, and improves the enforceability of the requirements.” The new comprehensive subpart standard will replace OSHA’s one training requirement for confined spaces. Confined spaces present a number of atmospheric and physical challenges that can be life-threatening if not addressed. Such challenges include limited or difficult exit points in case of emergency, exposure to toxic substances, electrocutions, explosions, and asphyxiation. OSHA’s Confined Space in Construction Final Rule considers such hazardous conditions and is written with an emphasis on training and communication for the employees to save and protect lives and property. U.S. Department of Labor news materials are accessible at http://www.dol.gov. The department’s Reasonable Accommodation Resource Center converts departmental information and documents into alternative formats, which include Braille and large print. For alternative format requests, please contact the department at (202) 693-7828 (voice) or (800) […]