FAQ-73: Baseline/framework templates
Question: Will OPS prepare templates for Baseline Assessment Plans or Integrity Management Program Frameworks that operators can use?
Answer: No. Because of the significant diversity in operator integrity management programs and processes, OPS does not believe it is possible to develop a useful template that is broadly applicable across the industry. As long as the basic requirements for these documents as specified in 49 CFR 192, Subpart O, are clearly and completely addressed, an operator is free to use a format for these documents that best supports its internal management and operational needs.
These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are intended to clarify, explain, and promote better understanding of the pipeline integrity management rules. These FAQs are not substantive rules and do not create rights, assign duties, or impose new obligations not outlined in the existing integrity management regulations and standards. Requests for informal interpretations regarding the applicability of one or more of the pipeline integrity management rules to a specific situation may be submitted to PHMSA in accordance with 49 C.F.R. § 190.11.
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