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Contractors should follow these simple steps to get personnel qualified and ready to work for a pipeline operator that partners with Veriforce® to manage their contractor Operator Qualification (OQ) program.

1. Complete our Professional Services Agreement

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If your company does not already have a PSA in place with Veriforce, access and complete the PSA and pay your set-up fee. Once your PSA and set-up fee are processed, Veriforce will provide an administrative user name and password to access VeriSourceTM, our web-based compliance management software.

2. Get your employees qualified

Employees Qualified

To become qualified for a covered task, your employee(s) must be evaluated by a Veriforce-authorized evaluator. You may either send someone in your organization through the Veriforce evaluator authorization process, or hire a third-party evaluator. To find a list of third-party evaluators, log-in to VeriSource, look under the OQ menu, and select Third-Party Evaluators.

3. Demonstrate your employees’ qualified status

Field Verification Report

Once your employees are successfully evaluated and have met any additional operator-specific requirements for covered tasks, their task qualification records will be stored in VeriSource. You can then use VeriSource to print a Field Verification Report (FVR) to demonstrate your employees’ qualified status prior to performing OQ covered task work. You may want to attend a VeriSource Administrator Training class to learn more about the FVR process and using the VeriSource system.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I learn more about using the VeriSource system?

Veriforce offers a VeriSource Administrator Training course on a quarterly basis. In this course, which is specifically designed for contractors, attendees learn how to efficiently administer the VeriSource system in order to support their company’s participation in clients’ programs to manage contractor compliance with OQ, drug & alcohol, safety, and/or insurance requirements. View our calendar of upcoming training courses to find a course and get registered.

What is the OQ Rule?

The Operator Qualification (OQ) Rule (49 CFR Parts 192 and 195) is intended to provide an additional level of safety and requires pipeline operators to develop a qualification program to evaluate an individual’s ability to perform covered tasks and to recognize and react to abnormal operating conditions (AOCs) that may occur while performing covered tasks. To meet these requirements, a pipeline operator is responsible for the following:

  • Developing an OQ program and following their written OQ plan
  • Establishing a covered task list applicable to their system
  • Defining the training and qualification requirements for personnel performing covered tasks on their pipeline
  • Ensuring that their contractors and vendors comply with their program requirements
I’m new to OQ. What do terms such as “covered task,” “evaluator,” “qualified,” and “candidate” mean?
  • Generally speaking, a “covered task” is an activity performed on a pipeline facility that affects the operation or integrity of the pipeline, as identified by each individual operator company.
  • An “evaluator” is a subject matter expert (SME) who can evaluate your employees to ensure they have the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform a specific covered task, as well as recognize and react to abnormal operating conditions that may occur when performing the task. If a pipeline operator uses Veriforce for its contractor OQ qualifications, only a Veriforce-authorized evaluator who has successfully completed the Veriforce evaluator authorization process and training can evaluate your personnel.
  • A “qualified” individual is someone who has successfully met all operator-specific criteria (including AOCs) for a covered task. This includes being successfully evaluated on the task by a Veriforce-authorized evaluator. It may also include having any required certifications, completing any required training, and/or acknowledging operator-specific policies/procedures. An operator’s covered task list will indicate the specific criteria for qualification on each task.
  • A “candidate” is an individual who is seeking to become qualified to perform a covered task.
Which tasks do I need to qualify my employees on?

You should ask the pipeline operator for whom you will be working to provide a list of the covered tasks that are relevant to your company and/or scope of work.

What happens if I don’t get my employees qualified through the Veriforce program?

Your employees will not be eligible to perform covered tasks on pipeline that is operated by companies that partner with Veriforce to manage their contractor Operator Qualification (OQ) program.

Where can I find the covered task list for a pipeline operator that is a Veriforce client?

Operator-specific covered task lists are accessible in VeriSource, our web-based compliance management software. To view a task list, log-in to VeriSource, look under the OQ menu, select Covered Task Lists, and select the operator’s name. If you do not have access to VeriSource, you will need to complete our Professional Services Agreement and pay your set-up fee to gain access.

What is the Common Covered Task (CCT) list?

In 2003, Veriforce assembled a committee of gas and liquid pipeline operators to create a list of pipeline industry tasks common among them, which is known as the Common Covered Task (CCT) list. This list, and its supporting evaluation criteria, make managing OQ plans simpler for participating operators and contractors. The CCT list is kept current as regulations evolve and incorporated by reference industry standards change, so it is always up-to-date. Each pipeline operator that is a Veriforce client can choose to use the CCT list, their own unique covered task list, or a hybrid of the two to suit their OQ program’s specific needs.

How do I find a Veriforce-authorized evaluator to qualify my employees?

You may either send someone in your organization through the Veriforce evaluator authorization process, or hire a third-party evaluator. To find a list of third-party evaluators, log-in to VeriSource , our web-based compliance management software. Once logged-in, look under the OQ menu and select Third-Party Evaluators.

What is a Field Verification Report (FVR) and how do I print one?

A Field Verification Report (FVR) is a date/time-stamped report that is used to verify the identity of qualified personnel who will perform covered tasks on a Veriforce client’s job site. This report, which is required by the pipeline operator’s field personnel, ensures that your personnel have been evaluated and qualified according to the pipeline operator’s specific OQ program requirements before going to work. To print an FVR, log-in to VeriSource , our web-based compliance management software that is accessible 24/7. Once logged-in, look under the OQ menu, select Field Verification Report, and then select the name of the pipeline operator for whom your personnel will be performing work.

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