Monday, February 1, 2016

How to Aim for Zero Pipeline Incidents

Every organization that is responsible for pipelines is concerned about the possibility of their failure. If you want to mitigate the possibility of pipeline failures, and increase safety for everyone who live and work near them, your company needs to start with a culture of safety. This commitment to safety needs to extend to an actionable plan, that will be properly executed by employees, and reviewed frequently for effectiveness. This plan will assist your company by providing a path to aim for zero pipeline failures.

An Overall Commitment to Safety

A company should begin to strive for zero pipeline incidents with a serious commitment to safety and providing the vision to carry it out. Your organization needs to maintain a consistent message that zero pipeline incidents is the goal. You can make this clear through an official mission statement, signage, training, and safety meetings.

1. Plan for Success

-Develop the aim for zero plan: In order for your organization to aim for zero pipeline accidents there needs to be a plan in place that will outline practical steps on how that will be accomplished. An inspection and reporting schedule should be set up to ensure that pipelines are properly monitored.

-Outline employee responsibilities: After a plan is drafted, a detailed overview of employee responsibilities, the best practices for performing those duties, along with completion dates should be circulated to all employees. The plan will not become reality for your organization if important tasks fall through the cracks.

-Assess risks to the pipeline: Your plan should be guided by a baseline analysis of the pipeline. The unique environment where the pipeline is laid and the initial condition of the pipeline will help determine the plan of action, and how your employees should proceed.

2. Take Action on the Plan

-Employees should know the plan: After taking the time to create a plan of action, employees need to be informed. This can be accomplished through meetings, training sessions, and follow up memos. Use this as a time when employees can offer valuable feedback on the plan as it relates to their role and daily tasks.

-Employees need to execute the plan: After your organization is made aware of the plan to aim for zero pipeline failures, they should then be mobilized to carry it out. The plan need to become a part of everyone's routine; and workers should be empowered with the tools to make the plan a reality.

-Inspection and repairs on the pipeline are conducted: You will need to engage professional pipeline inspection services during this stage. Russell NDE can monitor pipelines and create reports regarding the condition of your pipelines. Any repairs that are recommended after an inspection should be done within a reasonable amount of time.

3. Document and Hold Your Company Accountable for Results

-Documentation of inspection and repairs: All documentation from the initial assessment of the pipeline, to monitoring checks, any formal inspection reports, and follow up repairs should be scrupulously documented. Your company needs to demonstrate your diligence in keeping your pipeline maintained. Documentation will also prevent redundancy of work and repairs.

-Implement accountability measures to ensure processes are working: The organization should hold all employees accountable for the results of inspections and adherence to the plan. If something is missed, it should be addressed in the future. If the company is successful with preventing pipeline accidents, employees should be rewarded for their efforts.

4. Improve Until Your Company Gets it Right

-Review the results of the plan: Supervisors and top level management will need to evaluate the effectiveness of the plan by looking at the employee work logs, inspection reports, and repair schedule adherence. They will also need to take into consideration if there were any pipeline incidents in the time frame under review. If there were, they need to determine if it was a flaw in the original plan, and if it should be changed to improve results.

-Ensure changes to the plan are implemented: If the plan needs to be modified, these changes should be rolled out using the same process as the initial plan.

Pipeline inspection and condition analysis should be an integral part of your zero pipeline incident plan. Contact Russell NDE at 1(800) 661-0127 and let us help you meet your safety goals.