Title 49: Transportation, Part 192 – Transportation of Natural Gas and Other Gas by Pipeline, prescribes minimum safety requirements for pipeline facilities and the transportation of gas, including pipeline facilities. Subpart N outlines Pipeline Safety: Qualification of Pipeline Personnel.

The purpose of this program is to ensure a qualified workforce, and to reduce the probability and consequence of incidents on natural gas pipeline facilities caused by human error. At a minimum, a Pipeline Safety Qualification Program would include the following categories:

  • Scope
  • Definitions
  • Qualification Program
  • Recordkeeping
  • General

Do you have such a program? If you want to do gas work on a utility company system, you will need to create one. First begin by assessing your current operations; then determine what covered tasks you will need. A covered task would be:

  • Performed on a pipeline facility
  • An operations or maintenance task as defined by [49 CFR Part 192]
  • Performed as a requirement of [49 CFR Part 192]
  • Affects the operation or integrity of the pipeline

After December 16, 2004, qualifications in part require operators to provide training, as appropriate to performing covered tasks, and to notify the utility administrator or a state agency if the operator significantly modifies the program, after the administrator or state agency has verified that it complies with this section.

Each operator shall maintain records to demonstrate compliance, and shall include:

  • Identification of qualified individual(s);
  • Identification of the covered tasks the individual is qualified to perform;
  • Date(s) of current qualification; and
  • Qualification method(s).