Pitfall 2 – "Wiggle Room" in Systems and Procedures

Apr 25

This blog is the second in a series of five pitfalls associated with management of major hazards. Each pitfall, if not avoided, could lead to a disaster – so please make notes and weave some or all of my recommendations into your safety...

Don't Let the Absence of Quantifying Risks be a Pitfall to the Success of your Operations

Mar 31

The energy and utility sectors can be home to dangerous places to work. From offshore oil and gas facilities, through onshore gas plants and refineries to the end user via gas pipelines significant hazards are nearby. Although companies take...

PHMSA updates the regulation, incorporates API 1163. Are you prepared?

Feb 26

To ensure safety and reliability, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) included section 195.591 In-Line Inspection (ILI) of pipelines in the Federal Pipeline Safety Regulations last year. This means that when...

Data Diligence: A Solution For Pipeline Monitoring Problems

Dec 13

From increasing safety and improving efficiency to complying with PHMSA and DOT regulations, quality monitoring is essential for all pipeline operators. Yet, many operators are faced with difficulties managing pipeline assets in robust databases...

Challenges & Solutions for High Consequence Area Analysis

Dec 08

Pipeline operators have a duty to their employees, their communities and the environment to keep their operations as safe as possible. This means regularly monitoring and inspecting high consequence areas (HCAs) to minimize the risk of leaks or...

Why do we pressure test pipelines?

Nov 23

Pressure testing, especially hydrostatic pressure testing is used to determine and verify pipeline integrity of its welds and joints. In fact. pressure testing is assumed to be the best alternative to determine integrity of a pipeline in place of...

Asset Maintenance & Health Assessment

Nov 14

Tired of reading asset maintenance articles that always seem to say the same thing, but still leave you wondering what good are they? Then perhaps it is time to take in a new perspective. It may sound strange, but the answer is in the questions.

Ensuring Safety: Achieving safe and secure pipeline facilities through regulatory compliance.

Oct 13

Industrial safety is always important, but the stakes are especially high if you manage a pipeline. While pipelines are the safest methods for transporting oil and natural gas, they face a number of serious threats. If you fail to keep these...

High Performance Through Top-down and Bottom-up Work Management

Oct 05

If you recall, the scenario presented in our previous post resulted in a few questions:

  • What determines if an organization should use top-down or bottom-up planning methods, or how to integrate both methods?
  • How to develop an end-to-end process...

Savvy Standards: What It Means To Be ISO 9001 Certified

Sep 21

Finding suppliers you trust is essential for business success, but given the number of factors that contribute to quality, this can be easier said than done. International standards simplify the vetting process, giving you a clear metric for...

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