February 2010 Vol. 237 No. 2

Features

New Control Room Management Regulations Require Structured Management Approach

On Dec. 3, 2009, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published its final regulations for control room management (CRM). These regulations were the result of a multi-year effort to address concerns expressed by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) related to human factor issues in pipeline control rooms and in response to specific requirements in the PIPES Act of 2006 that required PHMSA to have pipeline operators establish a human factors management plan that reduces risks, including fatigue for control room operators. Industry participated actively in the rulemaking process and the final regulations are seen by many in industry to be a

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