Are you affected by the OQ Rule? The requirements of the Department of Transportation (DOT) Operator Qualification Rule (OQR) have placed a significant burden on pipeline operators and contractors. The OQ Rule requires pipeline operators to provide evidence that their workers have completed training so they can respond to certain uncommon situations. Our objective is to find the most direct and feasible methods of compliance for all of our clients - and your employees. If you work for more than one operator, you could be required to comply with different requirements for qualification. We can help.

Southland Safety has more than a dozen OQ Evaluators who are authorized by all of the major OQ Providers to evaluate and issue your employees their operator qualification requirements. Our evaluators will travel to you - anywhere - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We pride ourselves on Quality, Reliability, and Availability. Southland Safety has the manpower to accommodate your schedule, no matter how tight. The OQ department is equipped with a large shop for performance evaluations, computer stations for computer-based testing, and classrooms.

We have installed a pipeline to facilitate Performance Verifications of OQ.

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Bilingual Evaluators Are Available - Spanish / English

Administrator Services

Southland Safety is staffed and equipped to serve as your in-house OQ Department. A properly-run OQ department is as critical to your company's success as your safety program and in some cases, even more important. Southland Safety can manage every aspect of your company's OQ needs.

As your Operator Qualifications Administrator, Southland Safety will:

  • Develop your company-specific OQ plan
  • Manage your online OQ databases—removing inactive employees, and ensuring accurate qualification reporting and job assignment, etc.
  • Monitor employee evaluation/qualification status
  • Represent your company at meetings with pipeline operators
  • Communicate with pipeline operators, whenever necessary, regarding project task lists, and compliance issues, etc.
  • Work with pipeline operators and/or OQ providers to satisfy audit requirements

Contact Us for more information.