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November 9, 2016

5 Questions You Should Be Asking of Your OQ Plan

The Who? What? When? Where? Why? Behind OQ Plans The answers to the 5 W(s) constitute a formula for getting the complete story on a subject and are a popular method for investigators and journalists. Many believe that a report (or plan) can only be considered complete if it answers all 5 of these questions. Interestingly, none of these questions can be answered with a simple “yes” or “no” in order to fulfill the requirements of the formula but must contain the details. Is your OQ plan telling the complete story? Check your plan against the 5 W(s) to find out. Who? Operators who perform covered operations or maintenance activities (covered tasks) on a pipeline system. Individuals who perform covered tasks on a pipeline system. The person or persons responsible for ensuring the requirements of the plan are carried out. What? Operators must identify covered tasks being performed by company employees or contractor employees on the company pipeline. Operators must establish a plan detailing how individuals performing covered tasks are to be evaluated and confirm these individuals are prepared to react under abnormal operating conditions (AOCs) This plan should include requirements for both Operator and Contractor employees. Operators must also determine […]
July 26, 2016

Industry Evolution: Incident/Accident Reporting, Farm Taps & More

In this final installment in the EWN Educational Series on the Industry Evolution, EWN will recap miscellaneous provisions of the NPRM for Operator Qualification, Cost Recovery, Accident and Incident Notification, and Other Pipeline Safety Proposed Changes (also known as the OQ NPRM) that are not directly related to Operator Qualifications. We will also provide a brief recap of the status of the NPRMs for the Plastic Pipes Rule and the Safety of Gas Transmission Pipelines or “Mega” Rule. INCIDENT AND ACCIDENT REPORTING The NPRM proposes to expand and clarify requires for the initial and subsequent reporting of incidents and accidents. Key highlights of these proposed changes include: Accident & Incident reporting not later than one hour after confirmed discovery Report incident and product loss Review or confirm initial report within 48 hours Defines ‘discovery’ Recommendation from Joint Session of GPAC and LPAC: PHMSA’s Pipeline Advisory Committees approved a revision to Section I. Accident and Incident Notification in the proposed OQ NPRM (PHMSA Docket No. PHMSA-2013-0163). As originally proposed by PHMSA, the rule would require operators to provide an estimate of product loss within one hour of a confirmed discovery to the National Response Center. The vote recommended moving the product […]
July 24, 2016

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July 20, 2016

Industry Evolution: Ensuring Program Effectiveness

In the preceding editions of this EWN Educational Series, EWN has reviewed PHMSAΓÇÖs proposals for a new definition of a covered task, changes to span-of-control limits, new training requirements, new evaluator selection and training requirements, a new management of change program and expanded recordkeeping requirements. These and other proposed requirements in the pending OQ NPRM are interdependent with PHMSAΓÇÖs proposed requirement for an annual program effectiveness review. The program effectiveness review will require companies to maintain a very active role in their Operator Qualification program and the management of records, internal audits, and performance in the field. ANNUAL OQ PROGRAM EFFECTIVENESS REVIEW The current OQ Rule does not directly address requirements for a routine program effectiveness review. However, shortly after the original OQ Rule went into effect, PHMSA issued guidance on individual and program performance monitoring and improvement via their responses to Frequently Asked Questions found at https://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/oq/faqs.htm Current PHMSA Guidance 5.1 Are operators required to continuously monitor the performance of individuals qualified to perform covered tasks? While operators are not required to continuously monitor the performance of individuals qualified to perform covered tasks, the rule does require operators to: (a) evaluate an individual if the operator has reason to […]
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