Pipeline Pigging & Integrity Management Conference
plus Training Courses and Exhibition
George R. Brown Convention Center and the Marriott Marquis Hotel
February 27 - March 2, 2017

API Recommended Practice 1173
Pipeline Safety Management System Requirements


February 27
  7:30am Registration & coffee
  8:00am-5:00pm Course
February 28
  8:00am-5:00pm Course

Recent incidents in the pipeline industry have led to recommendations that pipeline operators adopt safety management systems as a means of attaining a goal of zero incidents.  The American Petroleum Institute’s (API) Recommended Practice (RP) 1173 – Pipeline Safety Management System Requirements is the result of a substantial industry effort to provide guidance for the development and maintenance of a pipeline safety management system. The RP is set to be released early this year and has been supported by the regulatory agencies and has been developed with input gathered from two workshops in 2014, as well as a public hearing.

Participants will learn how pipeline design, operations, maintenance, and inspections are managed and linked together as processes.

Intended for

The course is designed for those who require a detailed understanding of management system concepts and, more specifically, how to develop and implement a safety management system that meets the intent of API RP 1173.   The course is relevant to those with safety management systems in place as well as those who are just beginning the process.

Course Objective

After attending the course, attendees will have the necessary knowledge and tools to develop a safety management system or strengthen their existing system according to API 1173 the guidelines.

Course Overview

This course will start with a basic introduction to management systems. Objectives, content, and key concepts, including the need for continuous improvement based on the Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA) approach, will be discussed. This will be followed by the establishment of a safety management system that fully meets the intent of API 1173, including a lifecycle approach to risk management and the integration of existing integrity management programs. The course will include some details on key components of the system and, in particular, risk management, integrity management, management of change, and safety culture. The emphasis of the course will be somewhat flexible and, as much as possible, tailored to attendees’ actual needs of the course attendees. The course instructors will share their actual experience in which cost effective and practical management systems have been developed and implemented for pipeline operators.


On completion of the course, participants will be awarded 1.4 CEUs.


Megan Weichel provides risk management and management system development assistance to clients in the process and pipeline sectors of the Oil & Gas Industry.  Her daily activities include performing third party audits of client management systems, including HSE, PSM, and Integrity Management, for compliance with regulations and conformance with internal corporate standards.  She also consults with clients to assist them in closing gaps in their management systems and to improve the quality and effectiveness of the system using best engineering practice and industry knowledge.

It will be necessary to bring a laptop to this course

Course Program

  • Introduction
  • Development of API RP 1173
    • Committee
    • PHMSA Workshops Overview
  • What does API RP 1173 address?
    • Industry-wide goal of zero incidents
    • Safety culture
    • How API RP 1173 will be used by PHMSA
  • Why Safety Management Systems as a solution?
    • What is a safety management system
    • Overview of some key organizational incidents
    • Success of management systems in other industries
  • How does API RP 1173 compare to existing standards or initiatives?
    • Gas and liquid rules: 49 CFR 192 and 49 CFR 195
    • API RP 75
    • PHMSA Quality Management System (QMS)
    • Risk Assessments
    • ISO 55000 and ISO 31000
    • Process Safety Management (PSM) OSHA 19.10
  • How is API RP 1173 structured?
    • Overview of “Framework”
    • Use of PDCA continuous improvement loop
    • Elements of API RP 1173
  • What is required for each elements in API RP 1173
    • How elements of 1173 are grouped
    • Goal and objective of each element
  • What is a safety culture?
    • Overview of safety culture
    • Importance of safety culture
    • Measuring the  progress of safety culture
  • How to comply with API RP 1173?
    • Gap Analysis to determine current safety management system state
    • Linkage of API RP 1183 elements to existing systems/processes
    • Use of maturity assessment, benchmarking, and internal/external audits


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