Damage Prevention Program (16.4)

Damage Prevention Program (16.4)

Criticality: High
Progress: Not Addressed
Score: 40
DOT Relevance: 192.614

Description of Key Area

Damage prevention is considered in Subpart L (Operations) of 49 CFR 192.

Discussion of Criticality

A hydrogen damage prevention program is needed for hydrogen transmission and distribution systems to prevent damage to pipelines from excavation activities such as excavation, blasting, boring, tunneling, backfilling, removal of aboveground structures and other earth moving operations.

Discussion of Progress

This topic will be covered in ASME B31.12. ASME B31.8 and ASME B31.8S will be used as models or by reference.


Standards for a hydrogen pipeline damage prevention program need to be established and incorporated by reference into the federal code. Hydrogen pipeline systems need to be incorporated into existing one-call systems.