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GTI, NEGA to develop Operator Qualification training. (Newsline: for the latest industry developments).

Gas Technology Institute (GTI) and the New England Gas Association (NEGA) are working together to develop a training program for natural gas industry personnel subject to the requirements of the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Operator Qualification regulation. Under an agreement signed Sept. 25, GTI will develop an Operator Qualification training program that natural gas utilities and others can use in conjunction with NEGA's Operator Qualification Program to meet the regulations' employee testing and qualification requirements.

DOT's Operator Qualification regulation requires operators of pipeline facilities, including natural gas utilities, to develop and maintain a written qualification program for employees, contractors and others who perform specific duties to operate and maintain such facilities.

Working with its members and industry regulators, NEGA has developed an Operator Qualification Program encompassing 70 specific duties. This program is currently being used to qualify approximately 4,000 New England natural gas industry personnel, and many gas utilities outside the region also have purchased the rights to use it.

The program addresses the DOT regulation but not training or re-training for new or existing employees on the 70 tasks. The GTI-NEGA partnership will fill this role by developing a comprehensive Operator Qualification training curriculum over the next nine to 12 months, using the NEGA Operator Qualification Program as a model. NEGA's Operator Qualification Task Force -- senior operations personnel from New England's natural gas utility companies -- will oversee the development of the training program.
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Publication:Underground Construction
Date:Jan 1, 2002
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