2020 Pipeline SMS Annual Report

Find out more about industry's Pipeline SMS progress in 2020!

In April, the Pipeline Safety Management Systems Industry Team released the 2020 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 liquids and gas pipeline industry. Check out the report here to find out how operators used Pipeline SMS during the COVID-19 pandemic to prioritize resources, manage risk, and maintain robust safety culture.

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.


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.
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) recently opened a facility in San Francisco’s East Bay to develop the tools and test resources to bolster natural gas transportation and storage operations.
The future for Vectren, now a CenterPoint company, is clear – the relentless pursuit of the safety of its workforce, assets and the public through the implementation of a safety management system (SMS).

“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