PHMSA Gas Transmission (GT) Integrity Management
Time: 12/20/2014 12:07 AM

Rule Section: §192.911

What are the elements of an integrity management program?

Rule Language:

An operator's initial integrity management program begins with a framework (see CFR:192.907) and evolves into a more detailed and comprehensive integrity management program, as information is gained and incorporated into the program. An operator must make continual improvements to its program. The initial program framework and subsequent program must, at minimum, contain the following elements. (When indicated, refer to ASME/ANSI B31.8S for more detailed information on the listed element.)

  1. An identification of all high consequence areas, in accordance with 192.905.
  2. A baseline assessment plan meeting the requirements of 192.919 and 192.921.
  3. An identification of threats to each covered pipeline segment, which must include data integration and a risk assessment. An operator must use the threat identification and risk assessment to prioritize covered segments for assessment (192.917) and to evaluate the merits of additional preventive and mitigative measures (192.935) for each covered segment.
  4. A direct assessment plan, if applicable, meeting the requirements of 192.923, and depending on the threat assessed, of 192.925, 192.927, or 192.929.
  5. Provisions meeting the requirements of 192.933 for remediating conditions found during an integrity assessment.
  6. A process for continual evaluation and assessment meeting the requirements of 192.937.
  7. If applicable, a plan for confirmatory direct assessment meeting the requirements of 192.931.
  8. Provisions meeting the requirements of 192.935 for adding preventive and mitigative measures to protect the high consequence area.
  9. A performance plan as outlined in ASME/ANSI B31.8S, Section 9 that includes performance measures meeting the requirements of 192.945.
  10. Record keeping provisions meeting the requirements of 192.947.
  11. A management of change process as outlined in ASME/ANSI B31.8S, Section 11.
  12. A quality assurance process as outlined in ASME/ANSI B31.8S, Section 12.
  13. A communication plan that includes the elements of ASME/ANSI B31.8S, Section 10, and that includes procedures for addressing safety concerns raised by -
    1. OPS; and
    2. a State or local pipeline safety authority when a covered segment is located in a State where OPS has an interstate agent agreement.
  14. Procedures for providing (when requested), by electronic or other means, a copy of the operator's risk analysis or integrity management program to -
    1. OPS; and
    2. a State or local pipeline safety authority when a covered segment is located in a State where OPS has an interstate agent agreement.
  15. Procedures for ensuring that each integrity assessment is being conducted in a manner that minimizes environmental and safety risks.
  16. A process for identification and assessment of newly-identified high consequence areas. (See 192.905 and 192.921.)

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