Presenter: Karen Collins / Michelle Unger

Pipeline Safety Management Systems (PSMS) are management tools that will help a pipeline operator comprehensively and holistically manage all the many aspects of pipeline safety. The framework of PSMS is specified in the API Recommended Practice 1173 and consists of ten elements, one being 'Competence, Awareness, and Training' which is probably the most important one since there is a strong link between pipeline failures and human errors caused by incompetence. 

Pipeline integrity teams – including teams of one – are comprised of individuals, each with their own competencies and experiences, who are required to perform a set of tasks according to their job description or function. How can you be sure your team has the necessary skills or maintains them as new members join and experienced members leave?

Competencies of the individual need to be assessed against a defined standard to ensure validation. Competency standards specify the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform a task at a specified level (e.g. foundation, practitioner, expert), and encourage continued development. Competency frameworks define the set of competencies and the levels required to undertake all of the functions of the integrity team. 

Including competency assessments within a safety management system should reduce the likelihood that substandard staff development or performance is overlooked and help lead to continuous improvement. Additionally, a demonstrable process of competence assessment provides assurance to regulators and other stakeholders that a core aspect of safety, namely staff competence, is valid. 

Pipeline Safety Regulations Videos from Seminar in Bogota June 18th 2019

Videos sobre Regulaciones de Seguridad de Tuberías presentados durante el seminario en Bogotá del 18 de Junio de 2019.

  • Alan Murray
  • Gary Senior

[English with Spanish Subtitles]

This seminar will review and debate current risk assessments, and cost benefits analyses, and the goal of zero failures in the pipeline industry. Acceptable risk levels will be discussed and the inputs into cost benefit analyses will be debated.

Presenter: Simon Irvine
Discuss the concept of competence from a pipeline engineer’s perspective • Present a framework that ensures demonstrably competent engineers • Provide a walk-through of The Competence Club

Presenter: Simon Irvine 

To introduce the concept of competence from a pipeline engineer’s perspective • To highlight the industry’s growing requirements for competent and qualified personnel • To explain why a ‘qualification-based’ approach is required to demonstrate competence within the pipeline industry