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  • Writer's pictureNathan Hammer

Benefits of Third Party OQ Services

Pipeline operator qualification (OQ) is the process of ensuring that pipeline operators have the knowledge and skills necessary to safely operate their pipelines. OQ is required by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) for all pipeline operators, regardless of size.



There are several benefits to having a third party company perform OQ.


1. Expertise


Third party OQ companies have the expertise and experience to develop and implement an OQ program that meets the specific needs of your company. They also have a deep understanding of PHMSA regulations and can help you to ensure compliance.


2. Objectivity


A third party OQ company is not emotionally invested in your company or its employees. This means that they can provide an objective assessment of your OQ program and identify any areas where improvement is needed.


3. Resources


Third party OQ companies have the resources necessary to perform OQ efficiently and effectively. This includes access to specialized equipment and software, as well as a team of experienced OQ professionals.


4. Cost savings


In the long run, it can be more cost-effective to have a third party company perform OQ than to do it in-house. This is because third party OQ companies can typically perform OQ more efficiently and effectively than an internal team.


5. Risk reduction


By having a third party company perform OQ, you can reduce the risk of pipeline accidents and incidents. This is because a third party OQ company can help you to identify and address any potential safety hazards.


Here are some additional benefits of having a third party company perform OQ:


  • Consistency: Third party OQ companies can help you to ensure that your OQ program is consistent across your entire organization. This is important for companies with multiple locations or different types of pipelines.

  • Continuous improvement: Third party OQ companies can help you to continuously improve your OQ program. They can regularly review your program and provide recommendations for improvement.

  • Peace of mind: Having a third party company perform OQ can give you peace of mind knowing that your OQ program is compliant with PHMSA regulations and that your employees are qualified to safely operate your pipelines.


If you are considering having a third party company perform OQ, be sure to choose a provider that has experience in the pipeline industry and that is accredited by a recognized organization.


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