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Federal Regulation and Oversight: Be Prepared and Proactive

Updated: May 14

The regulatory environment for pipeline safety is constantly evolving, with agencies like PHMSA and state inspectors demanding ever-increasing levels of documentation and oversight. This can create significant challenges for pipeline operators, who must ensure their testing procedures are not only accurate but also meticulously documented to comply with CFR 192 and avoid hefty fines.

Traditional methods of pressure testing, which rely on manual data recording and potentially unreliable timekeeping methods, leave room for human error and raise questions about data integrity. Imagine a scenario where a technician tasked with a 10-minute residential service line test relies on cell phone pictures to document the start and end pressure – such methods lack precision and are vulnerable to manipulation.

Changing pipeline safety regulations and compliance are changing due to:

  • Regulatory Landscape: Oversight by agencies like PHMSA and state inspectors is increasing, demanding stricter adherence to pipeline safety regulations (CFR 192).


  • Challenges of Traditional Methods: Manual record-keeping during testing is prone to errors and lacks precision. This can lead to incomplete or manipulated data, raising concerns about compliance.


  • Importance of Accurate Documentation: Detailed and verifiable test records are crucial to avoid hefty fines.


  • Limitations of Analog Gauges: Traditional pressure gauges require manual data recording at specific intervals, increasing the risk of missed readings and human error.

Navigating the increasingly complex world of pipeline safety regulations can be daunting. Traditional testing methods, with their reliance on paper records and manual data entry, struggle to meet the stringent documentation requirements, leaving room for human error.


With a digital gauge, automating data capture, ensuring accurate timekeeping, and providing verifiable records with features like GPS location stamps can happen at the tip of your fingerprints.


Benefits of investing in new technology, like a digital pressure gauge from Vaetrix, solves for:

  • Concerns of regulatory scrutiny with features like timed test modes and automatic data logging for consistent, accurate results.

  • Eliminates the need for manual record-keeping, reducing the risk of errors and manipulation.

  • Provides real-time leak rate displays and time/date stamped records with GPS coordinates for verifiable testing procedures.

  • Alerts users of non-compliant testing for expired calibrations.

  • Continuous data logging eliminates gaps and meets the requirements of MAOP.

  • Unifies and consolidates data for HCA’s risk assessments, and integrity data management.

  • Introduces streamlined processes to simplify record keeping.

By embracing digital solutions, pipeline operators have the ability to streamline testing procedures, minimize the risk of non-compliance fines, and achieve a new level of confidence in their pipeline safety measures.

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