ARCHIVED - Session 6 - Regulators’ Role, Responsibilities and Opportunities - Jeffry Wiese, Associate Administrator - US Department of Transportation - Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)
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US Department of Transportation
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)
- Does (should) the regulator have a role in driving safety culture & SMS performance beyond compliance? If so, is this possible?
- Jeff - what have you learned from Canada to improve safety in the US?
Does (should) the regulator have a role in driving safety culture & SMS performance beyond compliance? If so, is this possible?
Yes, the regulator does have a role, and possibly more than one. At a minimum the regulator can “promote” a greater recognition of the role of safety culture in safety outcomes. To the extent that the industry, as a whole, cannot act in its own best interest by embracing safety culture improvements, then the regulator can also require this. One alternative, used very successfully in the nuclear and chemical worlds, is the creation of an independent, 3rd party organization that promotes, audits, benchmarks, and shares best practices.
Jeff - what have you learned from Canada to improve safety in the US?
We in PHMSA have worked with the NEB, and also with several of the provincial governments for nearly 10 years. Our collaborations have, I believe, benefitted us both. We continue this dialog throughout the year, but also meet face-to-face several times a year. I learn something every time we meet, and I hope they do too.
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