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Control Room Management: Key Documents

The following key documents are intended to serve as a resource for operators implementing the recent rulemaking on Control Room Management.


PHMSA published the Control Room Management/Human Factors final rule in the Federal Register on December 3, 2009, which became effective on February 1, 2010. (A correction to the final rule was published on February 3, 2010.) The final rule established an 18-month program development deadline of August 1, 2011, and a subsequent 18-month program implementation deadline of February 1, 2013. A proposed rule was published on September 17, 2010 that proposed to expedite the program implementation deadline to August 1, 2011, for most of the requirements, except for certain provisions regarding adequate information and alarm management, which would have a program implementation deadline of August 1, 2012.

Program Implementation Deadlines for Different Paragraphs of the 2011 Final Rule

(b) Roles & responsibilitiesOctober 1, 2011
(c) Adequate information(c)(5) – October 1, 2011; (c)(1)–(c)(4) – August 1, 2012
(d) Fatigue mitigation(d)(2),(3) – October 1, 2012; (d)(1),(4) – August 1, 2012
(e) Alarm managementAugust 1, 2012
(f) Change managementOctober 1, 2011
(g) Operating experienceOctober 1, 2011
(h) TrainingTraining elements aligned to due date of each element

Evolution of the Rule

  • Potential Service Interruptions in Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems (7/16/99)

NTSB SCADA Study (2005)

  • API Pipeline Conference & Control Room Forum, April 25-27, 2017, San Antonio, Texas
  • AGA Operations Conference, May 16, 2011, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Metropolitan Gas System Operator Seminar, May 5, 2011, Princeton, New Jersey
  • API Annual Pipeline Conference, April 12-13, 2011, San Antonio, Texas