DO: Collaborative Efforts, Initiatives, or Programs

In general, we know that collaboration can improve productivity and communication, introduce greater flexibility, and increase learning potential.

These can be true also of collaborative efforts for pipeline operators and their public awareness programs, particularly when seeking to reach common stakeholders or deliver the same messages. Collaborative efforts can also be used to conduct surveys or research to help operators measure their overall program effectiveness.

The Third Edition of RP 1162 recognizes the role of collaborative programs in helping operators to meet their program objectives and advance the safety of their pipelines and related facilities.

Collaborative delivery methods can be used for baseline and supplemental activities although operators should confirm the effort aligns with their program to:

  1. Convey required messages
  2. Deliver messages at the specified intervals or frequencies
  3. Meet their program objectives.

Examples of collaborative delivery methods can include:

  • Response drills and exercises
  • Liaison with emergency officials
  • Training or education programs
  • Mailings
  • Media efforts – social, targeted, digital and mass
  • Email
  • Meetings

Examples of collaborative messages can include:

  • Damage prevention
  • 811 and safe digging practices
  • Leak recognition and response