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4 09, 2018

Top Down Qualification

By |2018-09-05T08:25:25+00:00September 4th, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |0 Comments

It is not an accident that industry groups, including CEPA and CPAC, chose pipeline construction inspectors as the first step in their recommendations for Companies to implement standardized qualifications as part of their competence management systems. Under section 3 of the CSA Z662 and the API 1173, Companies or Owners are

31 07, 2018

Death by Chocolate Training

By |2018-07-31T13:33:01+00:00July 31st, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Death by Chocolate Training Can you really have too much of a good thing? Training is critical for both safety and competence of personnel. With codes, standards and regulations changing at an ever-increasing pace, is it possible to have too much training? I make my living training, so the obvious answer would be no,

29 06, 2018

Because Simon Says You Shall!

By |2018-06-30T10:32:53+00:00June 29th, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |0 Comments

At a recent Z662 committee meeting there was some discussion about the word "shall". A similar discussion took place at the International Electrical Commission (IEC) meetings on Hazardous Locations in Split, Croatia earlier this spring. Both discussions stemmed from reports of some code users failing to gather documentary evidence for shall clauses as they did

1 06, 2018

An Inspector’s Catch 22

By |2018-06-01T12:45:42+00:00June 1st, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The storyline in Joseph Heller's 1961 book, Catch-22, identified a paradox whereby a pilot is considered insane if he does not ask for relief, but considered fit for service if he does. With this, pilots requesting relief were assigned flights, while those insisting they were fine were grounded. With the

30 04, 2018

2nd Party for CSA Z662

By |2018-04-30T12:14:39+00:00April 30th, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , |0 Comments

No, it's not that kind of party... In April I attended several standards development meetings dealing with product and personnel competency approvals. One of the key questions in the development of any code or standard is 'who will have the final responsibility for compliance'? Codes and Standards are very carefully written to ensure that they

2 04, 2018

Is it a Document? No, it’s a Record!

By |2018-04-24T07:20:50+00:00April 2nd, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , |0 Comments

Following our last blog "Mandatory Thinking" there has been a great deal of discussion on the difference between "documents" and "records" in the CSA Z662. The Safety and Loss Management System requirements in Clause 3.1.2 (e) mandate that Companies have a process to effectively manage documents and records.”

27 02, 2018

Mandatory Thinking?

By |2018-02-28T11:53:41+00:00February 27th, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , |0 Comments

What "Shall Consider" Really Means A student told me this story: I was sitting at my desk, minding my own business and staring up at the righthand corner of my office. My boss, who was walking by, stopped, looked at me with a slightly annoyed expression and said, "What are you doing?" I calmly

15 02, 2018

How Long is Forever?

By |2018-02-27T07:11:32+00:00February 15th, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , |0 Comments

Record Retention Requirements for Pipeline Systems. A discussion that often comes up in training courses surrounds what documents and records need to be kept and for how long. As you're probably aware, numerous clauses within the Z662 mandate that some records be kept for the life of the pipeline, while other clauses suggest the

1 01, 2018

Bubble Gum and Duct Tape!

By |2018-02-27T07:02:50+00:00January 1st, 2018|Categories: Articles|Tags: , |0 Comments

Temporary Repairs on Pipeline Systems During a recent discussion, it was suggested to me that some organizations may not be following the current Z662 requirements, (CSA Z662–15, clause 10.12) established for making temporary repairs. They suggested they didn't really need to follow the rules because "Nobody Else" was following the rules. Apparently, there are