PHMSA's 2013 Public Awareness Workshop
June 19-20, 2013 in Dallas, Texas
PHMSA will conduct a two-day workshop to bring pipeline safety public awareness
stakeholders together to discuss results and/or observations from recent federal and state public awareness inspections,
and gain perspectives from various stakeholders on public awareness challenges and successes to strengthen public awareness.
PHMSA, the pipeline industry and other stakeholders continue working to improve the outreach and effectiveness of pipeline operator public awareness programs.
Federal pipeline safety regulations require pipeline operators to conduct continuing public awareness programs to provide pipeline safety information to four stakeholder audiences, including:
- affected public,
- emergency officials,
- local public officials, and
Federal pipeline safety regulations (49 CFR 192.616 and 49 CFR 195.440) require pipeline operators to develop and implement public awareness programs that follow the guidance provided by the American Petroleum Institute (API) Recommended Practice (RP) 1162, "Public Awareness Programs for Pipeline Operators" (incorporated by reference in federal regulations). More…
API Recommended Practice 1162
API RP 1162 is an industry consensus standard that provides guidance and recommendations to pipeline operators for the development and implementation of enhanced public awareness programs. It addresses various elements of such programs, including the intended audiences, the kinds of information to be communicated, frequencies and methodologies for communicating the information, and evaluation of the programs for effectiveness. More…
Public Awareness Program Workshops
PHMSA sponsored a public workshop on effectiveness evaluations of pipeline operator public awareness programs in June 2010. Previously, PHMSA sponsored a public workshop in February 2008 and co-sponsored workshops in 2005 and in 2003 to help pipeline operators develop and implement effective public awareness programs. More…
Inspection and Enforcement Documents
As part of our continuous improvement approach for inspecting pipeline operator public awareness program effectiveness, an inspection form and enforcement guidance for gas and hazardous liquid pipelines have been developed for federal and state inspectors. These documents may be modified to reflect insights and lessons learned from inspections to further assure that public awareness objectives are being achieved. Any updates to these documents will be made available when they are finalized.
Public Awareness FAQs
We have documented various frequently asked questions (FAQs) and their responses to provide insight into PHMSA's inspection approach to the issues they describe. More…