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Pipeline Safety Week Class Pass – Attend Our Full 3 Days And Save $300. Bring A Team Of 3 And Get the 4th Free!

November 5, 2019 @ 8:00 am - November 7, 2019 @ 5:00 pm


This 3 day training week provides the framework for a proactive, system-like-approach to complying with PHMSA’s Operator Qualifications, Control Room Management, Operations & Maintenance and Integrity Management.

Our instructors will break down each section in a down-to-earth format and add real world examples. Through team exercises, group discussion, and lectures, participants will build a blueprint that will allow them to properly prepare for upcoming rulemakings as well as create a more comprehensive program for complying with current regulations.

November 5: Operator Qualification: Evaluating the Evaluator And Reclaiming Your Procedures for An Effective Program

Operator Qualification (OQ) has been required for all operators since its Final Rule in 1999. According to regulatory data, as the OQ rule has grown and evolved, OQ programs have become inconsistent, lacking operator accountability for all individuals working on their system. Additionally, many pipeline operators scaled back and/or eliminated their own training facilities and training programs and have replaced them with regionalized OQ “qualification.”

As a result, in many cases, training programs offered today develop a fraction of the skills they offered immediately before implementation of the 1999 OQ rule and rarely focus on performance of covered tasks using specific operator procedures and equipment.

In addition to these gaps, there are even more federal requirements ahead. Through proposed NPRM (Miscellaneous Rule – 7/5/2015) and Combined Technical Committee discussions, possible new rules would require the following:
• Program Effectiveness Review
• Inclusion of New Construction
• Additional Record Requirements
• Training Requirements
• Inclusion of Type A (Class 2) and Type B Gathering (Onshore)
• Inclusion of Regulated Rural Hazardous Liquid Gathering

PHMSA has also addressed developing criteria for evaluators, defined “qualified”, “emergency response tasks”, “knowledge, skills and abilities” and “direct and observe”.
These new and amended regulations would apply to interstate and intrastate natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline facilities.

This goal of this training is to provide tangible understanding of the requirements and the impact of each to an existing or new OQ program.

November 6-7:  Pipeline Audit Survival Boot Camp!
For each major branch of the regulations (which includes, Integrity Management (IM), Operations and Maintenance (O&M), Operator Qualifications (OQ), and Control Room Management (CRM)), we crawl, jump and climb into:
• A comprehensive overview for each audit area
• Efficient pre-auditing and use of inspection protocols and considerations if available
• Records (and their weak links)
• The preparation of records, reports, unit description and agency questions
• Public Awareness Plans
• Training your team members for the inspection
• Setting the tone for the inspection and working with different personalities
• Proactively resolving issues during the inspection
• “Closing the loops” with daily inspection memos and inspection closeout


November 5, 2019 @ 8:00 am
November 7, 2019 @ 5:00 pm


Denise Raymond


Crestwood Midstream Partners
811 Main St suite 3400
Houston, TX 77002 United States
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