Sunday, April 15, 2012

OMB Approves PHMSA Control Room Management ICR

Last Friday the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the information collection request (ICR) supporting the PHMSA final rule on pipeline control room management and human factors, a draft of which is currently under review by OMB. The OMB ICR page describes the final rule:

“The proposed rule would require operators of hazardous liquid pipelines, gas pipelines, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) to assure controllers and control room management practices and procedures maintain pipeline safety and integrity.”

The ICR supporting this final rule would address the record keeping requirements for:

Control room management procedures;
Roles and responsibilities of pipeline controllers;
Information on SCADAs;
Fatigue mitigation;
Alarm management;
Change management;
Operating experience;
Training;
Compliance validation; and
Deviations.

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