Plastic Piping Data Collection Initiative
A group of representatives of federal and state regulatory agencies and the natural gas and plastic pipe industries have come together and formed The Plastic Pipe Database Committee (PPDC). Their goal has been to create a national database of information related to the in-service performance of plastic piping materials. Members include the American Gas Association, the American Public Gas Association, the Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI), the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners, the National Association of Pipeline Safety Represenatives (NAPSR), the U.S. Department of Transportation and its Office of Pipeline Safety.
Continued industry-wide participation is vital. Participants have been recognized for their proactive actions, and we ask that your company consider participation in this important, voluntary data collection effort. Contributed data elements will always be aggregated, and no individual company will be identified with any specific data.
AGA inputs data into the database unpon receival from participating companies. No other organization, or member of the PPDC, may independently view or analyze the data. The PPDC as a group will review the data for trends and patterns, ensuring the use of uniform and scientifically sound statistical approaches. Of course, AGA cannot assure that the aggregate data would not have to be shared in the unlikely event of a subpoena or valid order to produce it to a competent authority.
Because the project mission is to gather data on plastic material failures, contemporaneous failures caused by third-party excavation activity are not reported. Participating companies would report instances of third-party damage discovered through post-failure analysis of the piping. The PPDC has designed a unique data collection form to facilitate the process. However, the data can also be collected using your company's existing failure report forms. Participants are asked to report monthly, and if in any month there are no reportable failures, participants are asked to submit a "negative report."
Data submission also has been made easy. Data can be submitted in a variety of ways: by mail, electronically on diskette, or by fax. Regardless of the form that is used, or the way in which the data are submitted, the information can be entered into the AGA-secure database and confidentiality can be preserved. The collection of this data is not a "covered task" for