Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Management Systems

Meet the Program Development Team

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Building the PSMS House – Which Tools Will you Use?
Speakers: Lucy Sarkisyan, Technical Advisor, Gas Safety Management Systems, Southern California Gas Company
Nicole Garrett, Manager Quality Assurance & SMS, MUD Utilities Group
Melvin Jessee, Quality Programs Manager, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company
Explore how operators engaged in planning and implementation of a PSMS are using the tools available through These included the Planning, implementation and Evaluation tools.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Complex Change Got You Scared? – How Operators are Effectively Managing Change in the Pipeline Industry
Speakers: Shae Rowland, Enbridge
Megan Loy, Operations Policy Specialist, MDU Utilities Group
Many pipeline operators consider Management of Change (MOC) within the code requirements of Transmission Integrity and Control Room Management. API RP 1173 suggests broader coverage including changes to “technology, equipment, procedures, and organization, whether permanent or temporary, and incorporates planning for the effects of the changes.” Learn how to manage change beyond compliance from two different operators perspectives.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
An Extension of Your Organization – How Contractors are being Engaged in PSMS
Speakers: Chris Moulden, Mechanical Contractor, ARB
Doreen Hartley, NPL, Inc.; Vice President, Safety, Quality & Regulatory Compliance, NPL Construction Co.
Does your Pipeline Safety Management System incorporate Contractors? This session will provide attendees with the unique opportunity to hear how large natural gas pipeline contractors ARB and NPL are implementing Pipeline Safety Management Systems and integrating them with Natural Gas Pipeline Operators. These contractors will discuss current efforts by their respective companies to insure leadership and management commitment, stakeholder engagement, and operational controls they are implementing and planning to assure safety in their operations. ARB will reveal experiences they have had in integrating their PSMS with So Cal Gas. NPL will reveal key strategies including implementing technology solutions and incentives for increasing safety and stakeholder engagement. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain priceless insight and learn how to fortify your natural gas pipeline safety management system!

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
DIY – KPI’s and Measuring the Value Created by Your PSMS
Speakers: Graham Emmerson, Technical Manager, Enterprise Integrity Programs, Enbridge
Jody Mitchell, Senior Director Energy & Utilities, Mosaic
Performance measurement is an important component of Enbridge’s integrated management system assurance and continual improvement of safety and reliability. In addition to audits and internal reviews, a suite of leading and lagging indicators provide an independent and objective view of the effectiveness of safety barriers. Selecting meaningful indicators of barrier health and effectiveness is an ongoing challenge that has led Enbridge to adopt and combine a number of practices borrowed from other high hazard industries. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the framework, its adoption into the CSA Z260 standard, and examples of how Enbridge applies indicators to evaluate safety programs and to ensure collection of meaningful data to analyze and improve safety controls and other barriers within its integrated management system.

Conformance to API RP 1173 is driving activity in the natural gas industry. In June 2018, Mosaic conducted a benchmark study to gather insight into how utilities and pipeline operators are implementing or modifying PSMS based on the 10 elements of 1173. This presentation will touch on the original key findings, share current updates from industry frontrunners in PSMS, and shine the light on regulatory expectations and movement at a state and national level.