On June 24, 2012, operators of our nation’s liquid pipelines reaffirmed their commitment to safety through adoption of eight pipeline safety principles by the Board of the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL). Pipelines are the safest way, much safer than rail or trucks, to transport the fuel our drivers need and the energy raw materials fueling new job growth across the nation. Nevertheless, pipeline operators recognize that safe pipelines can become even safer. These eight principles represent the common values pipeline operators hold to improve safety.
AOPL-API Pipeline Safety Principles
Zero Incidents – Only with a goal of zero safety incidents can we minimize accidents. Pipeline operators believe that every incident is preventable and work to that high standard.
Organization-Wide Commitment – Not only do senior leaders of pipeline companies value safety, but safety is emphasized at every level of the organization from employees who accept personal responsibility for safety to front-line managers who are vital to reinforcing a safety culture and implementing continuous improvement.
A Culture of Safety – Pipeline operators embrace the need to provide a workplace culture where safety is an enduring value that all employees share, act upon, learn from, are rewarded for and judged upon.
Continuous Improvement – Pipeline operators believe that no matter how safe they already are, they can always improve safety. Vision, commitment, culture, and systems are necessary to improve safety continuously.
Learn from Experience – Pipeline operators learn how they can improve safety from their own experiences, and by sharing lessons learned industry-wide with other pipeline operators.
Systems for Success – Management systems demonstrate that safety efforts are succeeding by measuring performance, tracking changes and confirming improvements.
Employ Technology – Energy liquid pipeline operators are proud of their industry-leading technology. From in-line inspections with diagnostic robots traveling inside pipelines called “smart pigs” to innovative ways to interpret integrity data, operators constantly research and develop new ways to maximize safety.
Communicate with Stakeholders – Operators know communicating with the public and stakeholders who value safety, from advocates to the government, is vital to improving safety.