Safety Management Systems (SMS)

Safety Management Systems are critical to pipeline and process safety and preventing catastrophic incidents. Sessions in this track will discuss strategies for socializing SMS and Process safety, achieving SMS commitment across departments and at all levels and establishing performance indicators to manage asset safety and quality.

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April 15, 2020

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Managing by Influence
Moderator: Lindsay Rennecker, Pipeline Integrity Project Manager, EN Engineering
Speakers: Troy Nutter, Manager of Operational Training, Puget Sound Energy
Scott Lovelady, Manager/Quality Assurance/Operational Quality Assurance (OQA), OneGas
Bobby Lu, Safety Management System Program Manager, Southern California Gas Company
Learn tools, best practices, and hear personal experiences from companies in various stages of SMS program development. This will be a panel session including a brief introduction to SMS, and discussing how to manage up, down, and laterally, during SMS implementation to achieve full participation and get the support that an SMS program requires to be effective.

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM
Creating a Cultural Shift – Socializing SMS and Process Safety in Your Organization
Speakers: Mike McNeil, SoCal Gas
Brian Kretz, Director – Pipeline Safety & Compliance Support, Black Hills Energy
Sam Minifie, Policy Advisor, American Petroleum Institute
Implementing a Safety Management System (SMS) requires a well thought, multi-faceted communications plan with the end goal of shifting a company’s culture to include pipeline and process safety.  The most successful implementation efforts socialize the concepts, terminology, and tools by tailoring the communications for each level of the organization. Learn how API, Black Hills Energy, and SoCal Gas have implemented and managed these efforts, tools they use to reach each layer of their multi-disciplinary operations, how they structure their internal SMS communications plan, measure effectiveness, and continuously improve their SMS.

April 16, 2020

10:30 AM – 11:45 PM
MOC Case Studies
Speakers: Bilyana Milanova, Project Controls Manager, Campos EPC
Bobby Lu, Safety Management System Program Manager, Southern California Gas Company
Ashley Trotter, Business System Advisor, Southern California Gas Company
Troy Nutter, Manager, Operational Training, Puget Sound Energy
Anthony Aguilar, Vice President, Western Region, Campos EPC
How various companies are implementing management of change including the various change types (Org, Operational, and Procedural).

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2:30 PM – 3:45 PM
Preventing Unplanned Events – Establishing Leading Performance Indicators
Speakers: Manny Albert, Director, Safety & Environment, FortisAlberta Inc.
Katie Hellfritz, Senior Director, Gas Governance, Xcel Energy Inc.
Megan Noyes, Senior Process Safety Engineer, PG&E
Learn how to select, track and present metrics using a framework of leading and lagging performance indicators to drive improvement in the key operational aspects of safety and quality and prevent catastrophic incidents.