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Pipeline Safety: Public Workshop on Safety Management Systems

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Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, DOT.


Notice of public meeting.


This notice is announcing a one-day public workshop to discuss a rapidly evolving safety management system (SMS) national consensus standard. At this workshop, diversely comprised panels will discuss key concepts underlying this standard. This workshop will be webcast with an opportunity for attendees and viewers to pose questions to the panelists and moderators. Four panels will present their experience with SMS from industries outside the energy pipeline world including aviation, chemical, nuclear, and health care. Panels will address the role and value of SMS, the role of leadership at the top through the lower ranks in making SMS work, the value of “safety assurance”, and the growing recognition of the role of safety culture in ensuring attainment of key safety objectives.


The public workshop will held on Thursday, February 27, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. e.s.t. Written comments must be received by April 14, 2014.


The workshop will be held at the Westin Arlington Gateway, 801 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22203, in the Fitzgerald rooms AB. Hotel reservations under the “United States Department of Transportation—Workshop and Advisory Committee Meetings” room block, can be made at 703-717-6200. Advisory committee members and speakers have priority for reservations in the block.

The meeting agenda and any additional information will be published on the PHMSA home page Web site at (​public), under “Latest News” and on the PHMSA meeting page Web site at​meetings/​MtgHome.mtg?​mtg=​96).

Registration: Members of the public may attend this free workshop. To help assure that adequate space is provided, all attendees are encouraged to register for the workshop in advance at​meetings/​MtgHome.mtg?​mtg=​96.

Comments: Members of the public may also submit written comments Start Printed Page 8242either before or after the workshop. Comments should reference Docket No. PHMSA-2014-0014. Comments may be submitted in the following ways:

  • E-Gov Web site: This site allows the public to enter comments on any Federal Register notice issued by any agency. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
  • Mail: Docket Management System, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590.

Hand Delivery: DOT Docket Management System, Room W12-140, on the ground floor of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

Instructions: Identify the docket number at the beginning of your comments. If you submit your comments by mail, submit two copies. If you wish to receive confirmation that PHMSA has received your comments, include a self-addressed stamped postcard. Internet users may submit comments at


Comments will be posted without changes or edits to including any personal information provided. Please see the Privacy Act Statement heading below for additional information.

Privacy Act Statement

Anyone may search the electronic form of all comments received for any of our dockets. You may review DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published April 11, 2000, (65 FR 19476).

Information on Services for Individuals With Disabilities

For information on facilities or services for individuals with disabilities, or to request special assistance at the meeting, please contact Nancy White, Office of Pipeline Safety, at 202-366-1419 or by email at

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Ms. Nancy White, Office of Pipeline Safety, at 202-366-1419 or by email at, regarding the subject matter of this notice.

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The details on this meeting, including the location, times, and agenda items, will be available on the meeting page (​meetings/​MtgHome.mtg?​mtg=​96) as they become available. Please note that the public workshop will be webcast. Attendees, both in person and by web cast, are strongly encouraged to register to help ensure accommodations are adequate.

Presentations will be available online at the meeting page and also be posted in the E-Gov Web site:, at docket number PHMSA-2014-0014 within 30 days following the meeting.

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Authority: 49 CFR 1.97.

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Jeffrey D. Wiese,

Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety.

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[FR Doc. 2014-02855 Filed 2-10-14; 8:45 am]