training specialists to the upstream oil and gas industry

Pipeline Safety Management

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Course overview

Pipelines have been statistically recognised as an extremely safe (and secure) method of transporting hydrocarbons. A 20 year study by the PHMSA (US Department of Transport – Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration) have shown that the number of fatalities owing to pipeline incidents amount to 324 and 1330 injuries. Compare these statistics to the number of incidents from motor vehicles over a similar period, the fatalities and injuries run in to hundreds of thousands. 

Total elimination of pipeline hazards and risks would be an insurmountable task yet using an effective Pipeline Safety Management System, can be employed to minimise those risks to the lowest level possible. 

This course presents to delegates the newly implemented API RP 1173 which provides pipeline operators with pipeline safety management system requirements which provide an overall framework to identify hazards and manage the associated risks whilst improving overall pipeline safety and integrity. Importantly the course will also highlight how the parameters of pipeline design, construction, installations, operations as well as Inspection, Maintenance and Repair (IMR) programmes are closely associated at the outset to pipeline safety and pipeline integrity. 

The course is designed for

The course is designed for those who require a detailed understanding of the concepts underlying Pipeline Management Safety Systems (PSMS) and in particular the methodology of developing, implementing and the execution of the PSMS which complies with the requirements of the newly API RP 1173 – Pipeline Safety Management System Requirements 

  • Pipeline Engineers
  • Health and Safety Engineers and Managers
  • Construction & installation engineers / managers
  • Integrity engineers
  • Facilities engineers
  • Operations engineers and managers
  • Project Managers
  • Graduate engineers

Course outline

Risk and Safety ManagementIntroducing the safety culture

  • Risk Management – Key Components  
  • Maintaining a safety culture and performance measurement
  • Establishing the PSMS feedback loop

The importance of establishing and managing the PSMS with respect to newly constructed pipelines and ageing assets – the impact on Health safety and Environment and Operator Reputation

Case Studies and Workshops

Pipelines Historical – A brief industry insight

Introduction to the Course 

Where does pipeline safety actually start from ? - considerations of pipeline materials, design, construction, installation and operations

Application and importance of Inspection Maintenance and Repair as effective safety parameters and programmes

The use of personnel – roles and responsibilities for effective PSMS

The role of the organisation

Implementation and execution of PSMS – the development of API RP 1173

  • Underlying principles of API RP 1173 – philosophy of zero incidents and safety culture

The purpose of a Pipeline Safety Management SystemPurpose and definition

  • Organisational structure and safety management framework
  • The Plan Do Check Act cycle
  • API RP 1173 elements – objectives
  • Acknowledgment and comparison of ISO 55000 OHSAS 18001


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