March 2019, Vol. 246, No. 3


PHMSA and Advisory Group Finalizing New Safety Program

A Voluntary Information Sharing (VIS) advisory group, working with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), voted to recommend a new, industry-wide safety reporting program in which employees, in a “no-fear” environment, would report pipeline operational and infrastructure risks and hazards.  Reports would be “de-identified” and centralized.  The goal is that potential problems would be found and corrected before they worsened, possibly becoming emergency situations. This VIS effort was set in motion by Section 10 of the “Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016.”  Its charge is to – “consider the development of a voluntary info

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