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What does an OQ covered task list required by 49 CFR 192 look like?

The code of federal regulations, Subpart N in 49 CFR Part 192 requires the


The covered tasks have been identified by applying the following four-part test to each task performed on our pipeline facility.

1. Is the task performed on a pipeline facility?

2. Is it an operations or maintenance task?

3. Is it performed as a requirement of CFR 192?

4. Does it affect the operation or integrity of the pipeline?

A covered task list for an operator could contain the following tasks:

1. Investigating leak/odor complaints

2. Locating and marking lines

3. Valve Operations and Inspection

4. Monitoring propane gas odorization levels

5. Repairing leaks

6. Inspecting and testing pressure regulator station and overpressure protection

7. Conducting leakage surveys

8. Plastic Pipe Joining

9. Inspecting critical valves

10. Cathodic protection pipe to soil readings and taking action to correct cathodic potential deficiencies

11. Welding on a pipeline

12. Installing and burying gas pipelines in a trench/excavation, backfilling, damage prevention

13. Corrosion Control-

a. Repairing coating on existing steel pipelines/tanks

b. Measuring pipe-to-soil potential

c. Coating aboveground piping

d. Inspecting for atmospheric corrosion

e. Inspecting the condition of exposed pipe or pipe coating

f. Installing/replacing an anode or test station

g. Visually inspecting for internal corrosion

h. Installing / replacing a rectifier

i. Inspecting a rectifier

14. Purging

15. Patrolling

16. Emergency Procedures and Response

17. Public Awareness

18. Abnormal Operating Conditions (AOC) Recognition

19. Tapping gas mains

20. Abandoning pipeline facilities

Operators are to ensure through evaluation that individuals performing covered tasks are qualified, and the intervals at which evaluation of an individual's qualifications is needed.

Developing a list of covered tasks performed on an operator's system is just one part of an operator qualification (OQ) program.

Having an Operator Qualification (OQ) covered task list, as required by 49 CFR 192.801, can increase safety in several important ways:

  1. Standardized Training and Assessment: The OQ task list provides a standardized set of tasks that operators must be trained on and assessed for competency. This ensures that all operators have received consistent training and have demonstrated proficiency in critical tasks related to pipeline operations.

  2. Ensures Proper Knowledge and Skills: Operators must demonstrate not only knowledge but also the practical skills required to perform specific tasks on the pipeline. This ensures that they are well-equipped to handle routine and emergency situations effectively, and are adequately trained and assessed on tasks that are directly related to safety and compliance.

  3. Mitigating Risks in Emergency Situations: In emergency situations, operators need to act quickly and effectively. Having a standardized OQ task list ensures that operators are well-prepared to respond appropriately, potentially preventing accidents from escalating or worsening.

  4. Legal and Financial Protection: Compliance with OQ requirements can provide legal and financial protection for both operators and their organizations. In the event of an incident, being able to demonstrate that operators were appropriately trained and assessed can be crucial in legal proceedings.

In summary, having an OQ covered task list required by 49 CFR 192.801 increases safety by establishing clear standards for training, assessment, and competenc

y of operators. This leads to a more capable and reliable workforce, which in turn reduces the likelihood of accidents and enhances the overall safety of pipeline operations.

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