The rule addresses fatigue among control room gas and hazardous liquid pipeline controllers who use supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems.

Pipeline Control Room Management Workshop Set

The Nov. 17 event hosted by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and the National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives will help companies comply with PHMSA's new fatigue management rule.

A public workshop will be held Nov. 17 in Houston to help pipeline companies adjust to the Control Room Management/Human Factors federal rule that took effect Feb. 1, 2010. The rule addresses fatigue among control room gas and hazardous liquid pipeline controllers who use supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems. The rule does not cover LNG facilities.

Fatigue management, maximum hours of service, and alarm management will be discussed. However, while the rule requires pipeline operators to comply with a maximum hours limit except in emergencies, it does not set a limit -- it requires each operator to set its own "reasonable limit."

It also says each operator must establish a controller training program and review its content to identify potential improvements at least once a year.

Hosted by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and the National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives, the workshop will be held at the Intercontinental Hotel, 2222 West Loop South (call 800-316-8645 for reservations). For information about the workshop, contact Karen Butler at 816-329-3835 or karen.butler@dot.gov.

For an agenda, additional details, a link to register, and a link to the text of the rule, visit this website. The workshop will not be a live webcast, but an audio recording of the presentations will be available on the website.

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