Tuesday, February 11, 2014

PHMSA Safety Management Systems Workshop

The Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a meeting notice in today’s Federal Register (79 FR 8241-8242 for a one day workshop to discuss a rapidly evolving safety management system (SMS) national consensus standard. The public workshop will be held on February 27th, 2014 in Arlington, VA and will include an interactive web cast.

This workshop is targeted at the energy pipeline community. There will be four panels that will present their experience with SMS from industries outside the energy pipeline world including aviation, chemical, nuclear, and health care. The panels will address:

• The role and value of SMS;
• The role of leadership at the top through the lower ranks in making SMS work;
• The value of "safety assurance"; and
• The growing recognition of the role of safety culture in ensuring attainment of key safety objectives.

The workshop web site includes a link for on-line reservations for attending in person or participating in the web cast. Attendees and web cast participants will be able to ask questions of the panels.

Copies of the presentations will be posted to the Docket on the Federal eRulemaking Portal (www.Regulations.gov; Docket # PHMSA-2014-0014). Public comments may also be posted to this docket through April 14th, 2014.

NOTE: This sounds like the same safety program that the Chemical Safety Board Staff recommended adoption of in both the Chevron and Tesoro refinery investigations.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I remember the mandatory OSHA meetings we'd have on the janitorial crew just to make sure everyone was familiar with the chemicals and the Material Safety Data Sheets. One can only imagine what it would take to get pipelines and actual hazardous materials past regulations. You would need a serious safety management system and regular inspections.

Paul | businessbasics.com.au

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