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            Part 27 Inspection and Maintenance of Pipeline Crossings under Commuter Railways

Section #                                     Requirement                                                      Source/Rationale

  27.1      Scope
                                                                                                  Adapted from Transport Canada’s Standards
            (a) These guidelines may be known as the "Pipeline Crossing Inspection and
                                                                                                  Respecting Pipeline Crossings under Railways
            Maintenance Guidelines".
            (b) These guidelines are intended to ensure that pipeline crossings under
            commuter railways are inspected and maintained in a safe manner. (c)
            (c) These guidelines apply to commuter railway companies subject to the
            jurisdiction of the provincial Minister of Transportation pursuant to the Railway
            Act (BC).

  27.2      General Applications and Exclusions                                                   Adapted from Transport Canada’s Standards
            These guidelines do not include overhead cable crossings, overhead pipeline           Respecting Pipeline Crossings under Railways
            crossings, and underground cable crossings.

  27.3      General Conditions                                                                    Adapted from Transport Canada’s Standards
            (a) No person shall commence the repair, maintenance or removal of any pipe           Respecting Pipeline Crossings under Railways
            under a commuter railway without obtaining a written approval from the railway
            company that owns, operates or has control of the commuter railway.
            (b) Every owner of a pipe installed under a commuter railway, shall at all times
            maintain the pipe in good working order and condition, so that:
            (i) the safety of commuter railway operations is not threatened in any manner;
            (ii) the safety of the public, including the lives, well-being and health of people
            is safeguarded, and
            (iii) the environment is protected.


    27.4   Responsibility of the Commuter Railway Company                                    Adapted from Transport Canada’s Rules
            (a) A commuter railway shall ensure that the types of inspections and            Respecting Track Safety
                maintenance of all pipeline crossings under their railway systems are
                undertaken at such frequency and by such methods so as to ensure the
                safety of passengers, property and the environment..
            (b) The frequency of inspections and maintenance shall be identified, in
                consultation with the owners of the pipeline systems and shall refer to in
                the commuter railway’s approved SMS documents.
            (c) Where the owner of the pipeline systems is not available or unable to
                provide the criteria for the inspection and maintenance, a BC Registered
                Professional Engineer knowledgeable in pipeline systems shall
                formulate this criteria.
            (d) The locations of all pipeline crossing under the company’s railway shall
                be identified in the approved SMS.

    27.5   Qualifications of Pipeline Crossing Inspectors                                    Adapted from Transport Canada’s Rules
            (a) Employees who are required to carry out safety inspections of pipeline       Respecting Track Safety
                  crossings shall be trained and qualified by the owner of the pipeline or
                  other acceptable organization for the inspection of these pipeline
            (c) The training and qualification program, or the organization which
                  approved pipeline crossing inspectors, shall be identified in the
                  approved SMS.

    27.6   Special Inspections                                                               Adapted from Transport Canada’s Rules
           In the event of fire, flood, severe storm, or other occurrence which might have   Respecting Track Safety
           damaged the pipeline crossing, a special inspection shall be made of any of
           the crossings which may have been affected as soon as possible after the

27.7   Records Management                                                                  Adapted from Transport Canada’s Track
        (a) Each commuter railway to which these guidelines apply, shall keep a            Safety Rules
             record of each inspection required to be performed on the pipeline            Part iv Records
             crossing under their railway.
        (b) Each inspection record shall be prepared on the day the inspection is
             made and signed by the person making the inspection.
        (c) Records must specify the pipeline crossing inspected the date of
             inspection, location and nature of any deviation from these guidelines
             and/or those requirements referred to in the commuter railways approved
             SMS documents
        (d) The remedial action taken by the person making the inspection shall also
             be recorded.
        (e) The owner shall retain each record for at least one year after the
             inspection covered by the record.
        (f) Pipeline crossing inspection records must specify the date of inspection,
             the location, and nature of any defects found, and the remedial action
             taken and the date thereof.
        (g) The owner shall retain the inspection or test records for at least two years
             after the inspection and for one year after remedial action is taken.
        (h) All records shall be made available upon request to BCSA Railway Safety
        (i) For purposes of compliance with these guidelines set out in this section,
             an owner may retain records in an electronic system provided that:
            (i) the electronic system is designed so that the integrity of each
                  electronic record is maintained through the application of security
                  measures, including means, to uniquely identify the person who made
                  the inspection as the author of that record;
            (ii) the electronic storage of each record shall be initiated by the person
                  making the inspection by the following day following the completion of
                  that inspection;
            (iii) the electronic system shall ensure that no electronic record can be
                  modified in any way, or replaced, after the record has been stored in
                  the electronic system;
            (iv) any correction with respect to an electronic record shall be stored and
                  retained as a separate record apart from the electronic record that it

  27.7           (v) such corrections shall only be used to correct a data entry error in the
continued              original electronic record.
                 (vi) the electronic system shall uniquely identify the person who made the
                 (vii) the electronic system shall be designed to prevent the corruption of,
                       or loss of data from any electronic record, such as by making back up
                       copies of all electronic records on a daily basis;
             (j) The commuter railway company shall produce and provide to a Railway
                  Safety Inspector any electronic record that is requested by Railway Safety
                  Inspector that in paper or electronic format, as specified by the Inspector.
             (k) Where a commuter railway company receiving such request is unable to
                  provide the records immediately, the commuter railway company shall,
                  without delay, take all reasonable measures to provide the records.
             (l) For greater certainty, this provision in no way limits an Railway Safety
                  Inspector powers, as set out in paragraph 28(1)(a.1) of the adopted
                  Railway Safety Act (Canada).
            (m) All electronic records shall be available to the persons who performed the
                  inspections, the person responsible for the pipeline crossing and to
                  persons performing subsequent inspections.


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