December 2012, Vol. 239 No. 12


Recognizing Benefits Of Pipeline Alarm Management

Whenever new regulations are introduced into any industry, they can be challenging as companies work to understand them, put together compliance plans, find technical solutions and identify the right processes and resources to help implement solutions. Pipeline companies experienced this when the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) 49 CFR Parts 192 and 195 requirements were issued addressing control room management and human factors. The broad nature of the rule, encompassing everything from fatigue mitigation to controller training, required companies to review and in many cases significantly change their operating philosophies. A key component of the

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