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Title: Dot Qualification - Measurement & Control Technicians
Author: Jay Shiflet
Source: 2008 International School of Hydrocarbon Measurement
Year Published: 2008
Abstract: As a result of Congressional legislation, the Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of Pipeline Safety proposed the Pipeline Safety: Qualification of Pipeline Personnel - 49 CFR Parts 192 and 195 rule. The intent of this qualification rule (also referred to as the OQ rule or OpQual rule) is to ensure a qualified workforce and to reduce the probability and consequence of incidents caused by human error. The rule created new subparts in the gas and hazardous liquid pipeline safety regulations. These subparts established qualification requirements for individuals performing Covered Tasks, and amended certain training requirements in the hazardous liquid regulations. The pipeline industry worked closely with DOT to have the rule structured as a performance based rule. The rule places the compliance responsibility on the Operator. Within limitations, this permits the Operator a large measure of flexibility in the development and administration of the rules requirements.