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
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.