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I am happy to announce that select Linc Energy Systems employees have received Operator Qualification certification from ENERGY worldnet, Inc. (EWN).

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As part of our Utility Contractor Department, Linc Energy Systems offers hands-on OQ Training classes for pipeline operators to keep compliant with federal regulations.

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In my earlier post, Operator Qualification Program Provision 1: identify covered tasks, I discussed how regulations require pipeline operators to prepare a written Operator Qualification Plan. The first step in the plan is to determine the covered tasks and create an OQ task list, and the second step is to evaluate the individuals while performing the duties to ensure they are adequately trained.

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In my earlier post, “Guidelines for developing an Operator Qualification Plan” I identified eight provisions the PHMSA mandates to be included in any Operation Qualification Program. Within this post I discuss the first step which is to identify the “covered tasks” performed by the employee or contractor.

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In my earlier post, What is Operator Qualification? I shared the government mandates that operators qualify employees or contractors who operate or maintain small distribution systems within the oil and gas industry. The PHMSA has set up guidelines to help small distribution operators and master meter system operators develop an Operator Qualification plan.

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Operator Qualification Training (OQ) is a safeguard mandated through congress from 1992 and is currently enforced through Pipeline Safety Acts. To ensure the safe transportation of hazardous liquids and gases through pipelines, operators must be qualified. The burden of getting pipeline operators properly trained lies on private pipelines or pipeline contractors.

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