April 2013, Vol. 240 No. 4

Features

Pipeline Remote Operations: The Human Factor

This article presents a primary justification for an Emergency Operations Center (EOC), the Human Element. Human Factors is a critical component in all safety programs, particularly PHMSA CFR 49 Parts 190-194, Pipeline Safety. It is a relatively new, but mature science and an increasingly mature engineering discipline in the process industries. It is also an area that is often overlooked and not well understood. We will explore how an EOC can reduce personnel and asset risk caused by human-centered risk factors that are common to remote, expansive and environmentally sensitive pipeline systems. As this topic is discussed, it is essential to understand that an accident caused b

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