Is your pipeline operation safe and in compliance with the DOT requirements? Are you DOT audit ready? If not, do you have your “audit” piggy bank ready and waiting to write that big check or worse be shut down? God forbid there should be an accident, of any type; do you have your cadre of lawyers lined up?
Pipeline operations present risks not only to the operators and the contractors who work on and around them daily – we’re used to it. It can also be a risk for your mom and dad, my kids, my and brothers, sisters. It can be risky for your wife’s friends, aunts, uncles, grandmas and granddads that live in the surrounding communities where pipeline systems are located.
Not to sound too dramatic, but their lives really are in our hands. “Our” being operators, contractors, safety professionals, OQ trainer/evaluators and each and every person up and down the line that plays a role in managing America’s pipeline system.
I don’t have to tell you that pipeline operations are subject to very stringent DOT rules and regulations not only to make sure safe operating procedures are in place, but also to make sure the systems are properly designed and are using the right equipment throughout the entire pipeline system. [Read more...]