In 2015 during the aftermath of several significant large pipeline incidents and at the recommendation of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, the pipeline industry came together to develop a safety management framework for pipelines. The goal of this framework was to further assist pipeline operators to achieve the ultimate goal of zero incidents. The result of this effort was the publication of the American Petroleum Institute’s Recommended Practice 1173, titled: Pipeline Safety Management Systems (PSMS).
In our industry, an incident on any of our systems can potentially impact every operator in the country. With this in mind, APGA’s Operations & Safety Committee recently developed the APGA Commitment to Pipeline Safety. As APGA members we must be committed to continuous improvement in all areas of pipeline safety.
The APGA PSMS Task Group has also created the PSMS Planning / Gap Analysis Tool for Small Operators. This is a self-assessment tool intended to introduce users to the elements of API RP 1173, while helping identify potential areas for improvement.
For more information about PSMS please visit www.pipelinesms.org.