Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Management Systems

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Meet the Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Management Systems PDT.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Committed to a Pipeline Safety Management System – Where are You in Your Journey?
Speakers: Mike Eutsey, Director, Operation Services, Cascade Natural Gas
Bobby Lu, Gas Systems Program Manager, Southern California Gas Company
Glenn Puzio, Pipeline Safety Management System – Program Manager, Northwest Natural
A panel of speakers come together to discuss stages of planning and/or implementation of a PSMS. Hear where organizations actively engaged in PSMS are in their Journey, how they approached development, challenges they overcame and strategies on implementation . After the panel discussion there will be a question and answer session.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Pipeline SMS – PHMSA Voluntary Info shares – Preparation and Lessons Learned
Speakers: Nicole Garrett, Quality Assurance Manager, Vectren
Tom Finch, PHMSA
In an effort to assist pipeline operators in alignment with RP 1173, PHMSA has started conducting voluntary info shares of Pipeline Safety Management Systems with Pipeline and Utility Operators. Hear hands-on perspectives from PHMSA and a company that volunteered and participated in the info share process. Learn highlights of PHMSA’s review protocols and how the utility prepared for the info share, what was included as the basis of the info share, how the info share was conducted, and timing of the info share among other information. The audience will take away information on what they might expect if they were to go through the info share process, benefits of their info share and lessons learned.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Pipeline Safety Management Systems and Safety Culture: What You Can Learn from PG&E’s Journey
Speaker: Stephen Sass, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
A positive Safety Culture is essential to your company’s safety performance. Implementing a PSMS, and each of its 10 essential elements, will strengthen your organization’s safety culture. But what exactly is a Safety Culture – and how does it differ from traditional Safety practices? What additional tools can be provided to leadership to reinforce a safety culture? How can progress and improvement be measured? This session will provide a practical view into one organization’s approach to implementing a PSMS Safety Culture. We will also share their experiences – what worked and what they would do differently.

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
PSMS – Incident Management

Speaker: Jeff Salazar, Southern California Gas Company
Mike Nushart, Black & Veatch
API RP 1173 provides guidance to pipeline operators for developing and maintaining a pipeline safety management system. One of the principles comprising the basis of this RP is: “The creation of a learning environment for continuous improvement is achieved by investigating incidents thoroughly, fostering non-punitive reporting systems, and communicating lessons learned.”

We will review the requirements for “Incident Investigation, Evaluation and Lessons Learned” as defined in API RP 1173, discuss how companies are evaluating these new requirements versus their current Incident Management processes, and discuss modifications to Incident Management being implemented as a result of API RP 1173.