School Pipeline Safety Toolkit
5.0 Advance Preparedness
Pipeline Safety Plan Checklist
Pipeline emergencies are different than gas leaks and require preplanning that is tailored to the specific location of your school and nearby pipeline(s).
This "Pipeline Safety Plan Checklist" can be used to ensure that your schools pipeline emergency plan includes important facts and information required to ensure that you are prepared to quickly respond to protect students, staff and facilities. Safety plan resources are also provided at the bottom of the checklist to guide you to information sources.
Recognizing Pipeline Markers & Leaks
Recognizing the presence of nearby pipeline markers and obtaining critical contact information from them is one step towards preplanning. In addition to an emergency number, pipeline markers will list the product that is being transported in the pipeline. "Recognizing Pipeline Markers and Leaks" can be printed and inserted into your emergency preparedness binder as a reminder of what pipeline markers look like, the information they provide and how to use your three senses to determine the presence of a pipeline leak.
Leak, Hazard and Emergency Response
Once you have determined what pipeline products are being transported in the pipeline(s) near your school, you can reference this "Leak, Hazard and Emergency Response" summary to efficiently see the:
- Indications of a Leak
- Hazards of a Release
- Emergency Response
Remember, each pipeline product has its own characteristics (smell, sight, sound), hazards, and proper response. It is recommended that you print and highlight the product(s) that are transported near your school and include in your pipeline emergency information and plan.
The sample “Hazard Specific Annex for a Pipeline Emergency” describes the courses of action unique to a pipeline emergency. This detailed operation plan gives simple and concise guidance to both district and campus emergency response leaders on implementation of protective measures for a pipeline emergency. It is important to note that this annex is to be used as a SAMPLE. It is important to create all emergency planning documents to meet the specific hazards and needs of your school district. This example is only intended to demonstrate the language, structure, and content of a hazard annex for reference purposes and as a job aid. With the pipeline infrastructure continually growing and changing in Texas, it is recommended that this hazard is re-evaluated annually to ensure up-to-date information and assessment of risk.