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The Formal Adoption of a Process Safety Management Methodology Within an International Oil and Gas Pipeline Company

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Susan Urra

Enbridge Pipelines, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Paper No. IPC2012-90301, pp. 395-402; 8 pages
  • 2012 9th International Pipeline Conference
  • Volume 1: Upstream Pipelines; Project Management; Design and Construction; Environment; Facilities Integrity Management; Operations and Maintenance; Pipeline Automation and Measurement
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada, September 24–28, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: International Petroleum Technology Institute, Pipeline Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4512-7
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


Process Safety Management (PSM) is an integrated approach to managing loss prevention. At Enbridge, as with many organizations, several PSM elements of practice have been implemented with different levels of rigor, maturity and/or alignment with best practices.

This paper presents Enbridge Liquid Pipelines’ approach to assess a strategy to adopt a formal PSM system. A description of the current regulation framework for PSM and the drivers for adoption are presented to explain the considerations during the scoping and design of a PSM system for an international oil and gas pipeline system that operates across numerous state and provincial boundaries, and one international border.

The paper also discusses the requirements for organizational governance to ensure accountability for and ownership of individual elements of a PSM program throughout a large, geographically diverse organization such as Enbridge.

Finally, a strategy to develop and potentially implement and manage PSM in a large organization such as Enbridge is proposed.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME
Topics: Safety , Pipelines



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