2021 Pipeline SMS Annual Report

Discover industry's Pipeline SMS progress in 2021!

The Pipeline Safety Management Systems (Pipeline SMS) Industry Team recently released the 2021 Pipeline SMS Annual Report, reflecting on last year’s implementation progress and program highlights. The Industry Team serves to facilitate implementation of API Recommended Practice (RP) 1173, Pipeline Safety Management Systems (Pipeline SMS), among the energy pipeline industry and contractor community. Read about operator testimonials and leading implementation practices in the 2021 Annual Report here.

Key Benefits

Comprehensively Manage Pipeline Safety Efforts

Improve Pipeline Safety Performance

Reduce Financial Risk with Safer Operations

A Vital Tool for Safety

A Vital Tool for Safety

The Plan-Do-Check-Act Cycle is central to every safety management system and a vital tool for continuous improvement of pipeline safety performance.

A Vital Tool for Safety
Enable Continuous Improvement

Enable Continuous Improvement

A Pipeline SMS equips pipeline operators with the tools they need to continuously and comprehensively track and improve their safety performance.


API and the Pipeline SMS Industry Team created this implementation tool to assist contractors and service providers in planning SMS implementation as well as gauging maturity of their safety programs.
The American Petroleum Institute (API) published Pipeline SMS: A Contractor’s Guide to give pipeline contractors and service providers an enhanced understanding of how the scope of their work should be integrated with an operator’s Pipeline SMS.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Safety watchdogs at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are starting to favor recommending voluntary measures to industry rather than demanding regulatory changes, an agency pipeline official said.

“A Pipeline SMS is a systematic, deliberate approach to managing the safety of the workforce, the public and the company’s asset. […] It is all employees being empowered to raise a concern and taking action to mitigate a potential problem. It is continuously improving our processes, procedures, performance and culture. It is not a project with an implementation clock. It is an ever-evolving journey to zero incidents.”

- Nancy Conder, Director of Safety Management Systems and Quality, CenterPoint Energy, Houston, TX