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101 Recognizing and Reacting to

Abnormal Operating Conditions


101 Recognizing & Reacting to AOC’s
Performance Checklist
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Operator:

Operator Address:

Candidate Name:

SS# / Employee Number:

Verifier’s Name:

Directions: This Performance Checklist details the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the job located in the header of
this document. Prior to unsupervised performance of any task associated with or operating equipment detailed on this
document, the operator must be signed off by a subject matter expert (SME)/Verifier.

For a candidate to be qualified for any task, an individual must demonstrate a score of 80% of the total knowledge
requirements of this checklist. Meeting the knowledge requirement, the individual may then proceed to the Performance
section of the checklist. A candidate is required to complete all performance items with 100% accuracy on the Performance
section of this checklist and complete all AOC items with 100% accuracy on the Abnormal Operating Conditions section of
this checklist for a verified status.

Recommended Training materials and references:


1. eWebOQ Module 101 Recognizing and Reacting to Abnormal Operating Conditions
2. DOT 49 CFR 192 Subpart N and 195 Subpart G Regulations
3. DOT 49 CFR 191 Regulations
3. Company Operating Procedures

Step Knowledge Verifier’s Signature


KNOWLEDGE SECTION OF THE PERFORMANCE CHECKLIST
(The candidate must respond to the following knowledge statements to the satisfaction of the verifier.)
Define “Abnormal Operating Conditions (AOCs)” as identified by the DOT’s Operator
Qualification Rule in Subpart N in 49 CFR Part 192 and Subpart G in 49 CFR Part 195.
• “A condition identified by the operator that may indicate a malfunction of a
101 component or deviation from normal operations that may indicate a condition
K10 exceeding design limits or result in a hazard(s) to persons, property, or the
environment.”
Remarks: Date:

Define “Qualified” as outlined in the DOT Operator Qualification Regulations.


101
K20 Remarks: Date:

Define “Covered Tasks” as outlined in the DOT Operator Qualification Regulations.


101
K30 Remarks: Date:

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Step Knowledge Verifier’s Signature


Describe, “react” as it pertains to dealing with AOCs.
101
K40 Remarks: Date:

State the difference between an “AOC” and an “Abnormal Operation”.


101
K50 Remarks: Date:

List and discuss the appropriate actions to abnormal operations a transmission operator
should consider:
• The type of operations.
• The location where the condition exists (i.e., proximity to public).
101
K60 • The nature of the condition (i.e., the extent to which it could lead to an emergency
situation if not immediately corrected).
• Its effect on the operation of the operator's system.
Remarks: Date:

Describe the DOT (49 CFR 192. 605 and 195.402) Regulations for Abnormal
Operations:
• 192.605[c] applies to transmission pipelines; it does not apply to distribution
systems.
• 195.402[d] applies to hazardous liquids.
• 192.605[c] and 195.402 [d] require procedures to provide safety, when operating
design limits have been exceeded - responding to and investigating and correcting
101 the causes of:
K70 • Unintended closure of valves or shutdowns;
• Increase or decrease in pressure or flow rate outside normal operating limits;
• Loss of communications;
• Operation of any safety device; and,
• Any other foreseeable malfunction of a component, deviation from normal
operation, or personnel error, which may result in a hazard to persons or property.
Remarks: Date:

Describe the extent of follow-up monitoring after the end of an abnormal operation.
101
K80 Remarks: Date:

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Step Knowledge Verifier’s Signature


Identify the following anomalies, which should be recognized by personnel who perform
operation and maintenance activities as potential safety-related conditions that may be
subject to the reporting requirements of DOT (49 CFR 191.23).
• General corrosion that has reduced the pipe wall thickness to less than that required
for the maximum allowable operating pressure.
• Localized corrosion pitting which has progressed to a degree where leakage might
result.
• Unintended movement or abnormal loading by environmental causes, such as an
earthquake, landslide, subsidence or flood that impairs the serviceability of a
pipeline segment.
• Material defects, such as those caused in the manufacturing process, or physical
damage that impair the serviceability of a pipeline segment. Sound engineering
criteria should be used to determine if an observed condition involving a material
101
defect or physical damage impairs serviceability.
K90
• Malfunctions or operating errors that cause the pressure of a pipeline to rise above
its maximum allowable operating pressure plus the build-up allowed for the
operation of pressure limiting or control devices.
• Leaks in a pipeline constitute the need for immediate corrective action to protect the
public or property. Including: Leaks occurring in residential or commercial areas in
conjunction with a natural disaster, leaks where a flammable vapor is detected inside
a building, leaks that involve response by police or fire departments.
• Other known anomalies or events that could lead to an imminent hazard (and cause,
either directly or indirectly, by remedial action of the operator) for purposes other
than abandonment, a 20 percent or more reduction in operating pressures or
shutdown of operation of the affected pipeline segment.
Remarks: Date:

Discuss why special consideration should be given to the information obtained through
101 the use of an instrumented (smart) pig.
K100 Remarks: Date:

State the date to be used to determine the filing deadline for reporting an anomaly as per
101 DOT (49 CFR 191.25).
K110 Remarks: Date:

Describe the abnormal operating condition rating system for documentation and,
ultimately, for repair:
• Type A – Imminent Hazard
101
• Type B – Potential Hazard
K120
• Type C – Non-Hazardous
Remarks: Date:

Operator Specific Knowledge:


101
K130 Remarks: Date:

101 Operator Specific Knowledge:

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Step Knowledge Verifier’s Signature


K140 Remarks: Date:

Operator Specific Knowledge:


101
K150 Remarks: Date:

Step Skills and Abilities Verification Method Verifier’s Signature


PERFORMANCE SECTION OF THE PERFORMANCE CHECKLIST
(The candidate must perform the following statements to the satisfaction of the verifier.)
Operator Specific: D S P
101
P100
Remarks: Date:

Operator Specific: D S P
101
P110 Remarks: Date:

Operator Specific: D S P
101
P120
Remarks: Date:

Step Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Verification Method Verifier’s Signature


ABNORMAL OPERATING CONDITIONS
(The candidate must perform the following statements to the satisfaction of the verifier.)
Demonstrate the ability to describe and react to aboveground
escaping gas or liquids at a regulator station or other above
ground facility including (as relevant):
• Detection
• PPE D S P
101
• Safety
A10
• Notification
• Rating
• Corrective action
• Emergency response
Remarks: Date:

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Step Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Verification Method Verifier’s Signature


Demonstrate the ability to describe and react to below ground
escaping gas or liquids– any unplanned, uncontrolled escape
of gas or liquids for Class A – D leaks including (as relevant):
• Detection
• PPE D S P
101 • Safety
A20 • Notification
• Rating
• Corrective action
• Emergency response
Remarks: Date:

Demonstrate the ability to describe and react to uncontrolled


ignition of natural gas or liquids including (as relevant):
• Detection
• PPE
D S P
• Safety
101
• Notification
A30
• Rating
• Corrective action
• Emergency response
Remarks: Date:

Demonstrate the ability to describe and react to no natural gas


of liquids including (as relevant):
• Detection
• PPE
D S P
• Safety
101
• Notification
A40
• Rating
• Corrective action
• Emergency response
Remarks: Date:

Demonstrate the ability to describe and react to excessive


pressure including (as relevant):
• Detection
• PPE
D S P
101 • Safety
A50 • Notification
• Rating
• Corrective action
• Emergency response
Remarks: Date:

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Step Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Verification Method Verifier’s Signature


Demonstrate the ability to describe and react to inadequate
pressure including (as relevant):
• Detection
• PPE
D S P
• Safety
101
• Notification
A60
• Rating
• Corrective action
• Emergency response
Remarks: Date:

Demonstrate the ability to describe and react to improper


odorization including (as relevant):
• Detection
• PPE
D S P
• Safety
101
• Notification
A70
• Rating
• Corrective action
• Emergency response
Remarks: Date:

Demonstrate the ability to describe and react to damage or


threats to pipeline facilities such as floods, earthquakes,
lighting strikes, tornadoes, and bomb threats including (as
relevant):
• Detection
• PPE D S P
101
• Safety
A80
• Notification
• Rating
• Corrective action
• Emergency response
Remarks: Date:

Demonstrate the ability to describe and react to nicked pipes


including (as relevant):
• Detection
• PPE
D S P
• Safety
101
• Notification
A90
• Rating
• Corrective action
• Emergency response
Remarks: Date:

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Step Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Verification Method Verifier’s Signature


Demonstrate the ability to describe and react to frayed
electrical wiring on equipment attached to pipeline facilities
including (as relevant):
• Detection
• PPE D S P
101 • Safety
A100 • Notification
• Rating
• Corrective action
• Emergency response
Remarks: Date:

Demonstrate the ability to describe and react to


trench/excavation cave in including (as relevant):
• Detection
• PPE
D S P
• Safety
101
• Notification
A110
• Rating
• Corrective action
• Emergency response
Remarks: Date:

Demonstrate the ability to describe and react to component


failure (failure of a component of the pipeline to perform in
the manner for which it is designed) such as valve stuck,
regulator failure, valve leaks, and grease stem on valve broken
including (as relevant):
• Detection D S P
101 • PPE
A120 • Safety
• Notification
• Rating
• Corrective action
• Emergency response
Remarks: Date:

Demonstrate the ability to describe and react to pipe wall too


thin including (as relevant):
• Detection
• PPE
101 D S P
A130 • Safety
• Notification
• Rating
• Corrective action
• Emergency response

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Step Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Verification Method Verifier’s Signature


Remarks: Date:

Demonstrate the ability to describe and react to presence of


liquid hydrocarbons (condensate) in excess of 5 gallons when
no liquids or condensate should be in the pipeline including
(as relevant):
• Detection
• PPE D S P
101
• Safety
A140
• Notification
• Rating
• Corrective action
• Emergency response
Remarks: Date:

Demonstrate the ability to describe and react to ice or salt


blocks restricting or stopping flow including (as relevant):
• Detection
• PPE
D S P
• Safety
101
• Notification
A150
• Rating
• Corrective action
• Emergency response
Remarks: Date:

Demonstrate the ability to describe and react to blow down,


purging, and returning a pipeline to service including (as
relevant):
• Detection
• PPE D S P
101 • Safety
A160 • Notification
• Rating
• Corrective action
• Emergency response
Remarks: Date:

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Step Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Verification Method Verifier’s Signature


Demonstrate the ability to describe and react to a pipeline
exposed (washed out), when it should be buried including (as
relevant):
• Detection
• PPE D S P
101 • Safety
A170 • Notification
• Rating
• Corrective action
• Emergency response
Remarks: Date:

Demonstrate the ability to describe and react to inadequate


support, excessive bending or loading on facilities including
(as relevant):
• Detection
• PPE D S P
101 • Safety
A180 • Notification
• Rating
• Corrective action
• Emergency response
Remarks: Date:

Demonstrate the ability to describe and react to burn through


or penetration during welding including (as relevant):
• Detection
• PPE
D S P
• Safety
101
• Notification
A190
• Rating
• Corrective action
• Emergency response
Remarks: Date:

Demonstrate the ability to describe and react to low cathodic


protection levels including (as relevant):
• Detection
• PPE
D S P
• Safety
101
• Notification
A200
• Rating
• Corrective action
• Emergency response
Remarks: Date:

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Step Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Verification Method Verifier’s Signature


Demonstrate the ability to describe and react to stray current
on pipeline including (as relevant):
• Detection
• PPE
D S P
• Safety
101
• Notification
A210
• Rating
• Corrective action
• Emergency response
Remarks: Date:

Demonstrate the ability to describe and react to AC voltage on


pipeline in access of 10 volts including (as relevant):
• Detection
• PPE
D S P
• Safety
101
• Notification
A220
• Rating
• Corrective action
• Emergency response
Remarks: Date:

Demonstrate the ability to describe and react to broken DC


cable on Cathodic Protection System including (as relevant):
• Detection
• PPE
D S P
• Safety
101
• Notification
A230
• Rating
• Corrective action
• Emergency response
Remarks: Date:

Demonstrate the ability to describe and react to AC power


outage including (as relevant):
• Detection
• PPE
D S P
• Safety
101
• Notification
A240
• Rating
• Corrective action
• Emergency response
Remarks: Date:

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Step Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Verification Method Verifier’s Signature


Demonstrate the ability to describe and react to rectifier
component failure including (as relevant):
• Detection
• PPE
D S P
• Safety
101
• Notification
A250
• Rating
• Corrective action
• Emergency response
Remarks: Date:

Demonstrate the ability to describe and react to broken or cut


test point wire including (as relevant):
• Detection
• PPE
D S P
• Safety
101
• Notification
A260
• Rating
• Corrective action
• Emergency response
Remarks: Date:

AOC:
D S P
101
Reaction:
A270
Remarks: Date:

AOC:
D S P
101
Reaction:
A280
Remarks: Date:

AOC:
D S P
101
Reaction:
A290
Remarks: Date:

Operator Specific AOC:


D S P
101
Reaction:
A300
Remarks: Date:

101 Operator Specific AOC:


D S P
A310
Reaction:

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Step Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Verification Method Verifier’s Signature


Remarks: Date:

Operator Specific AOC:


D S P
101
Reaction:
A320
Remarks: Date:

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EVALUATION SECTION OF THE CHECKLIST


KNOWLEDGE, PERFORMANCE, AND ABNORMAL OPERATING CONDITIONS
(The candidate must secure signatures for the following sections from the verifier.)

Candidate Verifier
Section
A candidate is required to complete all knowledge items. An P F
overall score of 80% of the total entries on the Knowledge Date:
Knowledge
section of this checklist is required for a verified status.
Verifier:
A candidate is required to complete all performance items P F
with 100% accuracy on the Performance section of this Date:
Performance
checklist for a verified status.
Verifier:
A candidate is required to complete all AOC items with 100% P F
Abnormal
accuracy on the Abnormal Operating Conditions section of Date:
Operating
this checklist for a verified status.
Conditions
Verifier:

I have read the required materials and understand my responsibilities as an operator of this equipment or as
an employee completing this task. I have received training to operate this equipment or perform this task
safely and efficiently, and to the standards set forth by company, industry, state, or federal guidelines.

Employee Signature Date

This Performance Checklist has been reviewed for completeness and correctness and signature of candidate
verified.

______________________________________________________________________________________
Operator Representative Date

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