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Operator Qualification for Pipelines
Designing an Effective OQ Program that Aids Compliance, Handles Change, and Demonstrates Improvements
April 9, 2020 | Online :: Mountain Time

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Overview

This is an Online Course. In lieu of recent developments with COVID-19, for the health and safety of our speakers and attendees, we have decided to move many of our events to Online Courses.

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All pipeline operators subject to Parts 192 and 195 are covered by the OQ rule and are responsible for ensuring that any employees, contractor employees, and subcontractor employees who perform covered tasks on their pipeline systems are qualified in accordance with the OQ rule.

Operators must develop and maintain a fully qualified, compliant workforce. In addition, master meters, government facilities, and housing authorities are required to develop an operator qualification program. 

In this training we will discuss key factors when developing an OQ plan using the requirements of DOT 192 and the additional benefits of using ASME B-31Q.  We will also look at state requirements verses federal requirements and past NOPVs (Notices of Probable Violations) to ensure a sound program for your company.  We will examine new rules related to integrity management that could impact your task list and how to identify these tasks.  As part of the continuous improvement of your program we will look at how to review your program, your methods of tracking management of change, and how you can show continual improvement.  We will also discuss how to prepare for an audit. 

Note: This course does not provide OQ certification for covered tasks. It is intended as a regulatory compliance overview for compliance managers and OQ program managers

Learning Outcomes 

    • Review Operator Qualification – Background and Overview
    • Discuss History
    • Gain an overview of the federal regulatory requirements of CFR 192
    • Review of ASME B31Q and benefits of use
    • Discuss developments in state OQ requirements
    • Review of NOPVs (Notice of Probable Violations)
    • Review rule changes and their possible impact to OQ Tasks
    • Assess annual review process
  • Discuss audit preparation

Credits

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EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.8 CEUs for this event.

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program 

You must be logged in for the entire presentation and send in the evaluation after the course is completed.  

Instructional Methods 

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations and classroom exercises will be used in the instruction of this course. 

Agenda

Thursday, April 9, 2020

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.  :: Login and Welcome

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  :: Lunch Break


Background and History


The Details: Guidance on the Requirements

  • Operator Qualification Plan Requirements
  • Employee OQ requirements
  • Contractor OQ Requirements
  • Span of control
  • Identifying covered tasks
  • Documents and procedures
  • Recordkeeping
  • Abnormal operating conditions
  • Maintenance vs new construction
  • Training
  • Re-evaluation intervals and methods

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. :: Networking Break


Changes Coming for OQ Impact 

  • Impact of recent rule changes and the impact of covered tasks
  • State requirements proposed and in effect

Annual Review of OQ program

  • Review of procedures
  • Review of tasks list
  • Review of processes
  • Review of documentation

Review of NOPVs

  • Impact of these findings on your plan

Preparing for an Audit

  • Review of the inspection protocol
  • Identifying risk

2:30-3:00 p.m. :: Networking Break


Preparing for an Audit (Continued)

  • Preparing participating staff
  • Preparing management
  • What departments to include in the inspection

5:00 p.m. :: End of Course

Instructor

David Landry, Midstream Services, Industrial Training Services

David joined the U.S. Airforce as an Aircraft Weapons Systems Specialist stationed in South Carolina. After returning from Desert Storm in 1991, Dave began his career in the pipeline industry with South Carolina Electric and Gas (SCE&G). While employed with SCE&G, he gained valuable operations and compliance experience working in technical support, OQ compliance, compliance supervision, sales, and marketing.

He moved to Carolina Gas Transmission, a Dominion Energy Company, in 2010 where he was responsible for the Operator Qualifications and Public Awareness compliance programs for the company. He also sat on the board of directors for South Carolina 811 for 8 years.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time. 
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.

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