New ASME standard sets requirements for pipeline workers
ASME has announced a new standard containing general and specific requirements that pipeline operators and regulators can apply to qualify individuals who perform safety checks, maintenance tasks and other work on gas and hazardous liquid pipelines.
ASME B31Q-2006: Pipeline Personnel Qualification Standard covers tasks typically carried out by pipeline personnel, providing federal and state regulators an important guide for evaluating qualification programs. The standard aims to minimize the role of human error in pipeline failures, imposing a set of requirements associated with specific tasks performed in the construction, operation, and maintenance of gas and hazardous liquid systems.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey