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, Southern California Gas Company
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
Operator PSMS Voluntary PHMSA Review
Speakers: Nicole Garrett, Quality Assurance Manager, Vectren
Tom Finch, PHMSA
PHMSA has started conducting voluntary reviews of Pipeline Safety Management Systems within Pipeline and Utility Companies. This session will provide of perspectives from PHMSA and utility companies that have volunteered and gone through the review process. The audience will take away information on what they might expect if they were to go through the review process.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Pipeline (PSMS) Safety Culture
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.