In July of 2013 as BP executives were testifying before courts for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the National Energy Board – the Canadian agency responsible for ensuring the safe development of Canada’s oil and gas resources – were busy making changes to their regulations.
Oil & Natural Gas Pipelines
Pipeline operators are under increased scrutiny. Tools are now available to take EHS performance to the next level.
Pipelines Have Big Challenges
For over eight years, Nimonik has worked closely with the pipeline industry to improve their regulatory compliance. Though tremendous progress has been made, compliance with environmental, health and safety, and quality legislation and standards is an on-going challenge due to the scale and cross-jurisdictional nature of pipelines.
With large geographic footprints, significant mobile staff, remote locations and changing regulations, compliance with regulatory requirements is an essential and challenging part of operations. Nimonik works closely with its clients to ensure regulatory updates are informing the right people and compliance actions are clearly documented for external auditors to verify.
The Major Pipeline Companies Rely on Nimonik
Nimonik works with many of the world’s largest pipeline operations, helping them maintain their environmental and health and safety regulatory obligations, including compliance with the ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 Legal and Other Requirements and requirements in the Canadian Onshore Pipeline Regulations.
Nimonik helps pipelines stay current on environmental, health and safety laws, understand the link to their operations, and have tools to audit in the field.
Keeping the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Manual updated is an important part of keeping your company ready for inspections. Federal regulations require pipeline operators to update their O&M Manual annually. Inspectors from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) will review the manual during routine inspections. PHMSA has already given out over 20 Notices of Amendment this year, which are warnings that plans and procedures are not satisfactory.