What is operator qualification according to 49 CFR 192.801 as it pertains to master meter operators?
Operator qualification, as defined by 49 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) Part 192, pertains to the qualification of individuals who perform covered tasks on a pipeline facility that is subject to regulation by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).
In the context of 49 CFR Part 192, the term "operator" refers to the entity responsible for the operation and maintenance of a pipeline facility. This could be a company or an individual
that owns, operates, or controls a pipeline or pipeline system. Operators are responsible for ensuring that any individuals performing a covered task on their pipeline facilities are qualified, regardless of whether these individuals are operator employees, contractor employees, or other personnel.
Operator qualification is a crucial aspect of pipeline safety as it ensures that individuals performing specific tasks related to the operation and maintenance of pipelines have the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to do so safely and effectively.
The regulation outlines requirements for operators to develop and implement a written program for the qualification of individuals who perform covered tasks. This program must include:
Written Plan: A written plan detailing how the operator will comply with the qualification requirements, including how tasks are identified and how individuals are evaluated.
Task Lists: The operator must identify the tasks that are covered by the qualification program. These tasks are typically those that are critical to the safe operation and maintenance of the pipeline.
Qualification Criteria: Operators must establish criteria for evaluating individuals' qualifications to perform covered tasks. This includes education, training, experience, and other qualifications.
Evaluation Process: The operator must have a process for evaluating individuals' qualifications, which may include written tests, on-the-job evaluations, and other methods.
Documentation: The operator must maintain records documenting the qualifications of individuals who perform covered tasks.
Requalification: There are requirements for requalification, which ensure that individuals remain competent and up-to-date with relevant knowledge and skills.
Compliance with operator qualification requirements is a critical component of pipeline safety and helps to reduce the risk of incidents or accidents associated with the operation of pipelines.
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