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API RP 1173 - Pipeline Safety Management Systems

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API RP 1173, Pipeline Safety Management Systems, is a recommended practice released by the American Petroleum Institute establishing a pipeline safety management systems (PSMS) framework for organizations that operate hazardous liquids and gas pipelines jurisdictional to the US Department of Transportation. This RP provides pipeline operators with safety management system requirements that, when poperly applied, provide a framework to reveal and manage risk, promote a learning environment, and continuously improve pipeline safety and integrity. Operators of other pipelines may also find this document useful in operating to their systems.

At the foundation of a PSMS is the operator’s existing pipeline safety system, including the operator’s pipeline safety processes and procedures. API RP 1173 provides a comprehensive framework and defines the elements needed to identify and address safety for a pipeline’s life cycle. These safety management system requirements identify what is to be done and leaves the details associated with implementation and maintenance of the requirements to the individual pipeline operators.

API RP 1173 presents the holistic approach of “Plan-Do-Check-Act” and is the American National Standard for pipeline safety management systems.

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