August 2020, Vol. 247, No. 8

Features

Pipeline SMS: A Control Room Focus

By Russel Treat, CEO and Founder, EnerSys Corporation What is the underlying message for pipeline operators regarding pipeline safety management systems (pipeline SMS)? Ultimately, the goal is to positively affect the culture in the control room to improve safety outcomes. In this article, approaches to support cultural change are addressed, as are approaches that might be implemented in the pipeline control room. Why culture? Culture is the behavior that underlies expectations for how the work is to be performed. For pipeline operators to support zero incidents, there must be a change in thinking, attitudes and behaviors, and a change to habitual thinking as an individual, company and in

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