The Voluntary Information-Sharing (VIS) Working Group has released its final report detailing its recommendations to the Secretary of Transportation on how a VIS system might be achieved. The report contains 3 Primary Recommendations it deems essential to get a VIS system off the ground and an additional 39 Supporting Recommendations to ensure a “comprehensive and practical approach to sharing information”. Ultimately, the group recommends implementing a VIS system in order to move the industry toward its goal of zero incidents.
Many times, throughout the report, the Working Group points out that a VIS system should serve as an integral part of a pipeline Safety Management System (SMS). Though it is not strictly within its congressional mandate, the VIS Working Group identifies SMS as an improvement opportunity and recommends that the industry “implement an overarching and rigorous pipeline SMS process” acknowledging that API RP 1173 is the current accepted framework for realizing this goal. The group presented a 5-year suggested timeline for high-level implementation of many of its recommendations.
The VIS Working Group also developed 39 Supporting Recommendations, categorized as follows:
Regulatory, Funding, and Legal
Competency, Awareness, and Training
Process for Sharing Information
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