June is National Safety Month, and PHMSA is providing resources that will help keep safety at the forefront of the pipeline industry. National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the roads, and in homes and communities, according to the National Safety Council. While pipeline safety—and all safety—should be closely regarded every month of the year, PHMSA has used this awareness to push forward safety guidelines for the pipeline industry and communities relating to the pipeline industry:
Safe Transportation of Energy Products (STEP) is the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) system-wide approach to improving safety efforts regarding shipments of hazardous materials throughout the U.S.
Call Before You Dig is a federal service designed to help contractors, homeowners, and landowners avoid excavation that could damage vital utilities lying underground. This organization encourages anyone intending to dig to call 811 first in order to prevent unintended consequences.
Safe Travel provides a list of tips that include the handling and transporting of hazardous materials. Although Safe Travel is a resourceful tool, it is not intended to substitute for PHMSA regulations if any differences occur. In other words, PHMSA regulations always take precedence.
National Pipeline Mapping System is a database that contains locations of and information about gas transmission and hazardous liquid pipelines and LNG plants that are under the jurisdiction of PHMSA. This data is used by PHMSA for emergency response, pipeline inspections, regulatory management and compliance, and analysis purposes.
For more information about safety resources and National Safety Month, visit www.phmsa.gov