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September 30, 2014

What is PHMSA Form 14?

PHMSAΓÇÖs 9 OQ Inspection Protocols As we mentioned in our last article, PHMSAΓÇÖs 9 Inspection Protocols historically were listed 1-9 with each having several sub-parts. In August of 2013, PHMSA split the nine protocols into individual sub-elements. These are now listed numerically on PHMSAΓÇÖs Form 14. The purpose of Form 14 is to ensure that operators can demonstrate that their OQ programs address each protocol and describe how their program would be effective in their absence. In addition, all workersΓÇÖ training and requalification progress and documentation will need to be maintained via a secure records management system. This week we will be discussing two of the elements that focus on how to handle contractor, sub-contractor and even mutual aid qualifications PHMSA Form 14 #ΓÇÖ s 3 and 4. PHMSA defines a covered task as an activity, identified by the operator, that: (1) is performed on a pipeline facility; (2) is an operations or maintenance task; (3) is performed as a requirement of this part, and (4) affects the operation or integrity of the pipeline. #3. Contractors Adhering to OQ Plan Does the process require the OQ plan to be communicated to contractors and ensure that contractors are following the plan? […]
September 30, 2014

PHMSA OQ Inspection Protocols: Element 1

How Familiar Are You with PHMSAΓÇÖs OQ Inspection Protocols?: Element #1 In the last edition of The Report, we started our series on the PHMSAΓÇÖs 9 OQ Inspection Protocols. If you missed it, you can catch up here.┬á As we mentioned, PHMSAΓÇÖs 9 Inspection Protocols historically were listed 1-9 with each having several sub-parts. In August of 2013, PHMSA split the nine protocols into individual sub-elements. These are now listed numerically on PHMSAΓÇÖs Form 14. The purpose of Form 14 is to ensure that operators can demonstrate that their OQ programs address each protocol and describe how their program would be effective in their absence. In addition, all workersΓÇÖ training and requalification progress and documentation will need to be maintained via a secure records management system. This week we will be discussing two of the elements that focus on covered tasks. PHMSA defines a covered task as an activity, identified by the operator, that: (1) is performed on a pipeline facility; (2) is an operations or maintenance task; (3) is performed as a requirement of this part, and (4) affects the operation or integrity of the pipeline. 1. Operator Qualification Plan and Covered Tasks Is there an OQ plan that […]
July 15, 2014

Understanding PHMSA’s 9 OQ Inspection Protocols

Over the next few newsletters, we will uncover information about the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) Operator Qualification (OQ) Rule. We will also breakdown the nine protocols associated with PHSMA Inspection Form 14 to help you gain a better understanding of the inspection process. Before going too much further, we must take a look at why the need for OQ. This will give better insight into the why and what behind the nine protocols. It all began nearly 15 years ago when the final OQ Rule went into effect in October of 1999. The OQ Rule was set up to apply safeguards around the public and industry in regards to the operation and maintenance activities on natural gas and hazardous liquid pipelines. PHMSA is the primary federal regulatory agency responsible for ensuring pipeline safety and reliability. Rules governing pipeline safety are included in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Parts 190-199. The requirements of the OQ Rule are incorporated into 49 CFR 192 (natural gas) and 195 (hazardous liquids) with the intention being to: Ensure a qualified workforce, and Reduce the probability and consequence of incidents caused by human error The PHSMA OQ Inspection Form […]
June 27, 2014

OSHA Hazard Identification Web Tool

Step into the virtual world of hazard identification and prevention. With OSHA’s new interactive, web-based educational game, workers will be able to engage in a virtual representation of small business manufacturing and construction industries hazard scenarios. The web tool features three scenarios: Visual Inspection, Manufacturing Facility and Construction. The online learning tool is free┬áand will help educate workers on identifying hazards in their workplace and correcting them. Finding and fixing hazards before they happen is the name of the game in both reality and virtual reality. By identifying common on-the-job hazards through visual representations, users will increase their awareness of accident prevention, which will help them pinpoint the hazard before an accident happens. This is a critical aspect for small businesses; it not only saves lives┬ábut decreases injury and financial setbacks. Furthermore, on the job injuries and illnesses in the United States have a weekly tab that towers an average of over $1 billion a week. Get engaged in the game and check out OSHA’s Hazard Identification Training Tool on their website. For further AOC training, EWN is proud to offer variety of OSHA and general safety training courses to help keep you and your crew safe. Additionally, EWN offers […]
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