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Pipeline Safety Management Systems
Pipeline Safety Management Systems are management tools that will help a pipeline operator comprehensively and holistically manage all the many aspects of pipeline safety. Other industries such as aviation, nuclear power and chemical production have improved their safe operations by using safety management systems. Pipeline operators responded to the recommendation of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board by partnering with the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, state pipeline regulators, and expert members of the public to develop an industry-wide recommended practice, API 1173, for pipeline safety management systems.
Quick Answers to Your Pipeline SMS Questions
What is a Pipeline Safety Management System?
A Pipeline Safety Management System (Pipeline SMS) is a management tool that will help a pipeline operator comprehensively manage all the many aspects of pipeline safety.
Why Are Pipeline SMS Needed?
Managing a pipeline, like other manufacturing and industrial activities, requires multiple different factors contributing to safe operations. A comprehensive safety management tool like a Pipeline SMS is needed to maximize safety performance.
How Will a Pipeline SMS Help Improve Pipeline Safety?
Pipeline SMS provide pipeline operators a structured, comprehensive, regular method of assessing the risks of their operations, knowing their safety performance, learning from experience, and continuously improving pipeline safety.
Who Else Has Benefited from Similar Efforts?
The aviation, nuclear, chemical, manufacturing and refining industries have all seen increased safety performance from safety management systems.
Who Encouraged Pipeline Operators to Develop a Pipeline SMS?
Pipeline operators are following the recommendation of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the encouragement of the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, state regulators and safety experts.
How Was the Pipeline SMS Developed?
In response to an NTSB recommendation, a joint group of pipeline safety stakeholders, including natural gas and liquids pipeline operators, federal and state pipeline regulators, safety experts and public representatives developed the Pipeline SMS
Watch the Benefits of Pipeline SMS
The pipeline industry, including the American Pipeline Institute, Association of Oil Pipe Lines, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America and American Gas Association has come together to offer a single resource hub for information, guidance and tools to implement a pipeline safety management system. Those resources may be found at www.pipelinesms.org: