Safety is the highest priority for the natural gas industry and work is continually being done in that area. Assessed LLC is committed to promoting positive safety cultures among our employees and our clients’ employees throughout the natural gas distribution industry. We place the highest priority on employee, customer, public and pipeline safety. Along these lines, Assessed LLC has developed a Safety Culture Statement that clearly outlines principles involved in making a successful safety culture. These principles include:
•Commitment by Management
•Coach to promote Learning
PIPELINE SAFETY, AN OVERVIEW
When it comes to safety, the natural gas industry has an excellent record, which is the result of extensive industry safety programs, overseen by state officials and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) under the Congressional Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011. Billions of dollar are spent each year to ensure that natural gas is delivered safely and efficiently.
Natural gas utilities and pipelines undertake a wide range of pipeline integrity, pipeline safety and public education programs. The design, construction, operation, inspection and maintenance of all operating pipelines are subject to state and federal regulations and requirements.
The inspection and maintenance performed by operators takes into account all of the following: incident and leak history, corrosion control records, continuing surveillance records, patrolling records, maintenance history, local conditions, and excavation damage experience.
In order to educate the general public and audiences working with the natural gas industry, operators participate in excavation damage prevention initiatives, install above-ground markers to indicate the location of buried gas lines; maintain rigid requirements for qualification and inspection of construction techniques used in their systems; and support research and development focused on inspection technologies, pipeline integrity, corrosion prevention and construction techniques.
Serious incidents, related to natural gas transmission and distribution, are extremely rare in the United States. Over the past twenty years, "third-party" damage has been the primary cause of serious incidents on natural gas pipelines, accounting for roughly 25 percent of all serious incidents on transmission pipelines and roughly 33 percent of all serious incidents on distribution pipelines.