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Pipeline Safety Management Systems 

Safely Managing the Lifecycle of Pipelines


An SGA/ P-PIC Workshop


April 2017

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM each of two days

Location: TBD   


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Pipeline Safety Management Systems TBD April 2017


Industry Embraces New Pipeline Safety Framework

WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 – The American Petroleum Institute announced a new pipeline safety management system standard. Recommended Practice 1173 which was built on the industry goal of zero incidents and was created with engagement and guidance from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), and other key stakeholders to further enhance pipeline safety.

If you want to better understand each element within RP 1173, and how to implement those elements into your operating procedures, the Pipeline Safety Management Workshop is your workshop.


Who Should Attend

  • Integrity Management Engineers and Managers
  • Senior Managers and Executives responsible for asset management
  • Safety professionals
  • Field Operations Engineers and Managers



Day 1

1. Introductions

2. Overview of Safety Management Systems

3. Application of Safety Management Systems in Other Industries Including value of safety management systems:

Commercial aviation, refining, petrochemicals and chemicals, gas processing, utilities and medical products

4. Overview of API1173 and comparable standards such as API570, PAS55 and ISO55000

5. Description of the Requirements of Each Element Within API RP1173

6. Wrap-up Day1


Day 2

1. Questions from Day1

2. How to Get Started – Building Upon Existing Elements

Experience of the Presenters with Examples Followed By Discussion

3. How to Improve

Experience of the Presenters with Examples Followed By Discussion

4. Exercise 1 – gap assessment of existing programs versus API1173 elements

5. The Role of Safety Culture

Experience of the Presenters with Examples Followed By Discussion

6. How to Evaluate the State of Development and Implementation – Maturity Models

Experience of the Presenters with Examples Followed By Discussion

7. Exercise 2 – application of a maturity model

8. Discussion and Wrap-up


 Mark Hereth

Principal, Process Performance Improvement Consultants, LLC (P-PIC)
Mark was the technical lead in the development of the American Petroleum Institute (API) Recommended Practice (RP) 1173. He has experience with safety management systems having worked in the refining, petrochemical and chemical industries prior to his work in the pipeline industry that dates back in to the early 1990s. Prior to forming Process Performance Improvement Consultants LLC (P-PIC) in 2003, at HSB, he helped develop an underwriting protocol that evaluated a potential insured’s implementation of Process Safety Management initially codified in API 570 and then in OSHA regulations at 29 CFR 1910.119

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Mike McGonagill 

Mike has been very active in SGA and led implementation of an Operations Management System (OMS) in the mid-2000s in Alliance Pipeline. The Alliance system OMS includes the elements of the API RP and the requirements of safety management systems codified by the National Energy Board. Alliance went through an NEB audit of their OMS prior to Mike’s retirement. Mike has first hand knowledge in developing and implementing a safety management system and was involved during the audit using the NEB audit protocol.

Prior Knowledge Recommendations

Students will gain the most value from this workshop if they prepare beforehand by:

• Viewing the video recordings on YouTube of the:
"PHMSA Public Workshop on Pipeline Safety Management System", Houston, April 15, 2015

• Thoroughly reviewing ANSI/API Recommended Practice 1173

Pipeline Safety Management Systems
Please bring a copy to the workshop


Recommended reading:
• ExxonMobil: Operations Integrity Management System (OIMS)
• DuPont: Operational Excellence - The Key to Success for Oil & Gas
• ISO 55000 - Asset Management
• OECD Guidance on Corporate Governance for Process Safety
• ASME PTB-2-2009 - Guide to Life Cycle Management of Pressure Equipment Integrity


Comments from previous attendees:

Excellent workshop.

• Instructors took the time to stop and explain key concepts with real -world examples.

• This is my second time attending this workshop. I benefited by hearing and thinking about each element again.

• Great workshop! Excellent input from both Mark and Mike. I leave feeling better prepared and with a better understanding of PSMS.

• Enjoyed the open discussion Mark and Mike had in regards to this practice. Lots of background behind how this was put together and provides insight on the intent of the various elements.




Event Information




  • Member:  $895 ($795 for second and subsequent registrations from the same company)
  • Non-Member: $1,500 

Cancellation Policy

This event follows the SGA Cancellation Policy "B" when cancellation is required.


Business casual

Hotel arrangements


“Event attendees must contact the hotel directly (either by phone or the posted hotel reservation link) to make their reservations. Any contact to you from a third party claiming to be a booking agent for the SGA should be considered a scam.”

Food & Beverages

Lunch and snacks are provided.

Professional Development Hours

This workshop qualifies for 12 Professional Development Hours.

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