Progress: Not Addressed
DOT Relevance: 192.801 192.809
Qualification of pipeline personnel is defined under Subpart N (Qualification of Pipeline Personnel) of 49 CFR 192. As per 192.801, this subpart prescribes the minimum requirements for operator qualification of individuals performing covered tasks on a pipeline facility. A covered task is defined in 49 CFR 192 as an activitythat is performed on a pipeline facility; is an operations or maintenance task; is performed as a requirement of this part; and affects the operation or integrity of the pipeline.
As qualified personnel, individuals must be able to recognize and react to abnormal operating conditions.
ASME B31Q has been drafted to address operator training, qualification, and certification. It is expected to be published in 2006.
Standards for hydrogen pipeline operator qualification must be incorporated by reference into the federal code. There may be the need for a national training program for hydrogen pipeline operators.