10 Things to Improve Pipeline Safety

  1. Become a member of your local one call system – visit www.call811.com to learn more
  2. Require notification to the one call center in the permitting process – excavators and construction companies should include their one call ticket number on any building or construction permit issued
  3. Ensure employees are contacting 811 to have utility lines (including pipelines) marked before they dig
  4. Ensure that appropriate staff are aware of pipelines, including public and government officials; city and county managers; planning boards; zoning boards; licensing departments; public utility boards; local governing councils, permitting departments and building code enforcement departments
  5. Follow recommended PIPA guidelines and consider the location of existing pipelines during permitting and planning processes for new development
  6. Get to know pipeline operators in your area – understand the scope of their operations; where their pipes are located; any additional facilities they have in the area; what materials they carry and their capability to respond to emergencies
  7. Confirm that pipeline emergencies and security efforts are addressed in your emergency response plans – consider coordinating with local operators to train on pipeline-specific emergencies
  8. Make sure local 911 and emergency dispatchers know how to coordinate emergency response situations involving pipelines
  9. Address pipelines in local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT ) training
  10. Provide information on pipeline safety and security to the general public (for example pipeline leak recognition and response) in community newsletters, websites, etc.