API RP 1161-2012 pdf download

API RP 1161-2012 pdf download

API RP 1161-2012 pdf download.Recommended Practice for Pipeline Operator Qualification (OQ).
3.2 Participation in an Industry Group The Operator may consider participating in an industry OQ group. These groups develop and update OQ guidance materials, share best practices and interact with regulatory agencies. 3.3 Language The Operator’s OQ program should include a policy on language to ensure effective communication when non- English speaking individuals perform covered tasks. Options may include but are not limited to the following: — maintain a single-language policy, whereby all individuals performing covered tasks speak the same language (i.e. English); — utilize bilingual individuals to interpret for non-English speaking individuals performing covered tasks; — ensure availability of acceptable qualification methods in applicable language(s). 3.4 Program Improvement 3.4.1 General While not specifically required by the regulation, an Operator may consider developing processes for periodic review of the written program and auditing program implementation. Operators should determine the process for incorporating program improvements based on the findings. 3.4.2 Written Program Review The purpose of a periodic review of the written program is to insure that it meets current regulatory compliance and any additional needs of the Operator. The Operator has the flexibility to structure the review as formally or informally as deemed necessary and should document the results and identify appropriate modifications, if any. 3.4.3 Internal Audit The purpose of an internal audit is to assure the program is being implemented as written. The Operator has the flexibility to structure the audit as formally or informally as deemed necessary and should document the results of the audit and identify appropriate modifications, if any. 4 Element 1: Identify Covered Tasks 4.1 General The program shall identify and document covered tasks. A covered task is an activity, identified by the Operator that: — is performed on a pipeline facility, and— is an operations or maintenance task, and — is performed as a requirement of 49 CFR Part 195, and — affects the operations or integrity of the pipeline. The four criteria listed above shall be referred to hereafter as the four-part test. 4.2 Guidance on Identifying Covered Tasks 4.2.1 General In developing the covered task list, the Operator shall consider tasks performed on the pipeline facility, regardless of who performs them (employees, contractors, subcontractors, or other entities such as other pipeline Operators or those with access to the Operator’s equipment). For example, if an Operator contracts out pipeline repair activities, those activities shall be considered in the identification of covered tasks. The Operator has flexibility to determine how to accomplish covered task identification. The Operator should document the method and justification for selecting covered tasks. Options for establishing a covered task list may include but are not limited to the following two methods. 4.2.2 Adoption of an Industry-Developed Covered Task List Industry and technical associations, qualification product providers, and others have developed covered task lists through subject matter expert consensus. The Covered Task List developed by API (in conjuction with the Operator Qualification workgroup under the Pipeline Committee) is attached to this document as Annex A. The Operator should take additional steps if adopting such a list and at a minimum, should compare the covered task list to its operations and maintenance activities in order to ensure completeness. The Operator has the flexibility to combine or separate covered tasks as suitable to its operations and, if gaps are identified should apply the four-part test to add or delete covered tasks as applicable.
4.2.3 Analysis of Operations and Maintenance Activities An analysis of operations and maintenance activities may be used in the process of determining which activities should be included in an Operator’s covered task list. Items to be considered when conducting activity identification and analysis may include, but are not limited to the following: — CFR Part 195; — state or local requirements; — operations, maintenance and safety procedures; — industry developed covered task list(s); — applicable Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Advisory Bulletins. It may be helpful to record each applicable activity on a master list, and document the answers to the four-part test questions, adding justification notes as needed. This method of documentation will produce a list of covered and non- covered tasks and may assist in regulatory and internal reviews. Subject matter experts, regulatory compliance personnel, and others may be enlisted to assist in the identification and analysis of activities. Operators have the flexibility to include additional tasks that do not meet the four-part test.

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