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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 for the pipeline operators. Operators feel the burden of all the rules and regulations for not only their internal staff but also for their contractor and subcontractor employees. 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 looking after 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 discussed the following: 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. On disqualification of Contractors, 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 […]
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 incident 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) conducted an investigation and concluded that pipeline safety was at the root cause of the incident. So, the NTSB tasked API with writing a recommended practice based on the findings of the NTSB investigation; thus, RP 1173 “Pipeline Safety Management Systems” 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.” You can always improve […]
April 5, 2017

2017 EWN Conference Spotlight: Dr. Todd Dewett

As we continue our series of 2017 EWN Conference Spotlights, we switch to our Opening Keynote Speaker, Dr. Todd Dewett.  Todd is known to bring energy and a unique style that has landed him in Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Leadership Speakers.  We are excited to have Dr. Dewett speaking on how each of us can strive for more and help lead our teams and crews with passion. We interviewed Todd to give everyone a better idea of what he brings to the table. More is possible. What will your topic be, and how can that impact our safety leaders attending the conference? I will be addressing aspects of awesome relationships at work.  The quality of working relationships affect everything, including productivity, creativity, buy-in and ultimately… safety. What would you classify your speaking topics & style? Leadership related topics… with a rock star style! What is the biggest takeaway you would say people will have from your keynote? They will leave with several specific behavioral tactics to implement and make immediate impacts with their teams. More importantly, they will leave believing that more is possible. What are some of the “big moments” for you, speaking & non-speaking? Serving over 10 million […]
March 31, 2017

2017 EWN Conference Spotlight: Thigpen Energy

The 2017 EWN Conference & Training Summit will take place in less than 90 days.  We will spend the next few months placing the spotlight on our Sponsors, Exhibitors, and Speakers. Thigpen Energy is attempting to end outages once and for all. Silver Level Sponsor, Thigpen Energy has been providing temporary gas supply for pipeline outages or disruptions (planned or unplanned) since 2005.  They utilize both LNG & CNG and manage the project turnkey style including site evaluations, training of local authorities on LNG/CNG operations and beyond.  Their goal is to hold up gas customers during an outage and to facilitate a smooth transition back to pipeline gas after a project is complete. At a recent conference, we sat down with Brian Kendrick from Thigpen Energy for a quick Q&A to better understand their commitment to safety & the industry as a whole.   How long has Thigpen Energy been in business? We have been providing temporary gas services for E&P, utilities, and pipeline operators since 2005.   Who are some of the key people in Thigpen Energy? Our CEO & Managing Director Jim Schauer keeps our ship moving forward toward our mission & vision.  Randall Hackworth is our VP of […]
March 30, 2017

EWN Travels to Chile for Training

Part of our commitment to our customers is to ensure they have the proper training to not only utilize the system but also ensure they are training their staff correctly.  EWN VP of Education, Mayra Maese recently traveled to Chile to provide our world-class Master Trainer Development Program to clients in Santiago, Chile. It is our pleasure to help our clients understand that proper trainer development is key to ensuring safety & training programs run smoothly.  Mayra spent the week working with our client and helping their staff in implementing a successful program. If you cannot make it to our monthly training(s) in Decatur, TX – we can bring the classroom to you!  Feel free to contact us for more information and learn how EWN can help your company raise the bar.
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