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Operator Qualification Overview

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The Operator Qualification rule was adopted into the Code of Federal Regulations under Subpart N in 49 CFR Part 192 and Subpart G in 49 CFR Part 195. Under the rule, each pipeline operator is responsible for developing an OQ program, following their written OQ plan, establishing a covered task list applicable to their system, and defining the training and qualification requirements for personnel performing covered tasks on their pipeline facility. It is the operator's responsibility to ensure their contractors and vendors comply with their program requirements. PHMSA does not provide training for operator qualification.

PHMSA makes technical reference materials available related to OQ. Natural gas and hazardous liquid operators may access these technical materials to better understand and comply with OQ regulatory requirements.

Operators should refer to the Regulatory Information for a history of changes to various sections of the Code of Federal Regulations. For an official record of current regulations, please refer to the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations.