API Midstream Group Director Robin Rorick said industry shares the goal of zero incidents that is intended by the new hazardous liquids pipeline proposed rule by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).
Health and safety
“Safety is our top priority," Rorick states. "We are always looking for new ways to enhance an already safe industry. We need a practical pipeline safety rule for hazardous liquids that will complement industry’s strong safety standards. We look forward to working with PHMSA when it comes to protecting the public."
PHMSA was asked to create the rule to address mandates from the 2011 pipeline safety reauthorisation bill. Now, the next step in the rule-making process will allow API to provide industry expertise and input.
“Industry’s commitment to safety remains priority number one. A prime example of that commitment is our new safety management system. Recommended Practice 1173 provides guidance to ensure that pipeline operators comply with regulations like the one being proposed.”
RP 1173 was created with input from PHMSA, the National Transportation Safety Board, and other key stakeholders to further enhance pipeline safety. It builds upon existing safety requirements to further monitor and measure the effectiveness of pipeline activities with a ‘plan, do, check, and act’ philosophy that requires periodic reviews and applies changes or corrections to activities as needed.
Edited from source by Stephanie Roker
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