Walk the Line – Operational Readiness for the Front Lines (Operations and Maintenance)

The Walk the Line (WTL) Workshop returns to in-person this July 2022! Walk the Line is about providing operators with the tools they need to understand the current operating state of the plant. Those tools are bundled into three pillars of Walk the Line: Operating Culture, Operational Continuity through Operational Discipline and Operational Readiness.

This year’s workshop will focus on the third pillar of WTL – Operational Readiness, focusing on Operations preparing equipment for Maintenance, Maintenance returning equipment to Operations & Operations returning equipment to service. It’s all about the Operations -Maintenance needs, expectations & interactions; we are encouraging participation from both operations and maintenance personnel. The related tools include maintenance to operations equipment turnover, commissioning, and other activities designed to help operators understand the operating state of the plant.

This year’s workshop will provide attendees with a variety of networking and learning opportunities. The general session and breakout sessions will highlight aspects of the following themes:

  • Operational Readiness
  • Operations and Maintenance Interactions
  • Ownership and Sustainability
  • Implementing WTL with a team approach
  • Measuring Success
  • Utilizing the WTL Toolbox to enhance your WTL journey

The goal is for all companies attending to leave with a written Walk the Line action plan to bring back to their sites. With this in mind, the format of this year's workshop will be a mixture of small group breakouts and general session presentations. The workshop will kick off with presentations from operating companies who will discuss their Walk the Line Journey. This year attendees will have the opportunity to participate in three out of four breakout sessions.

We will also have a technology showcase. This will provide hands-on opportunities for attendees to interact with products that help achieve WTL staples of Operational Discipline, Operating Procedures, Training, etc. Please contact Mawusi Bridges, mbridges@afpm.org, if you would like more information about becoming a sponsor.

Workshop Goals:

  • Tangible takeaways for attendees: training materials, presentations, meeting notes
  • Include resources and time during workshop for companies/sites to develop action plans to bring back to their site

General Session Topics:

  • Keynote Speaker
  • WTL 101 – Utilizing the WTL Toolbox to begin or enhance your WTL journey
  • Operating Company Presentations – Practice share presentations from front line representation implementing their WTL program
  • “What good looks like” for Walk the Line

Breakout Session Descriptions:

This year’s breakout sessions are focused around one of the three Walk the Line Pillars – Operational Readiness. The breakout sessions will focus on Steps four, six and seven of the Operational Readiness Roadmap (see below) with a concurrent “training exercise” utilizing a 3D Walk the Line Model. Attendees will be able to attend three of the four available breakout sessions.

Operational Readiness Roadmap


Operational Readiness Roadmap Breakouts - Roundtable discussion and knowledge sharing on good practices for Steps 4,6 and 7 of the Operational Readiness roadmap. Attendees will receive summary notes and takeaways following the meeting.

  • Step 4 “Operations Prepares Equipment for Maintenance”
  • Step 6 “Maintenance returns to Operations”
  • Step 7 “Operations Returns to Service”

Walk the Line 3D Model Training Exercise 

  • This breakout session will do an abbreviated training exercise for an interactive 3D Walk the Line model. Participants will work through different scenarios that emphasizes the importance of walking the line and hazard recognition followed by a live hand-on demonstration utilizing the model. Attendees will receive an example training exercise packet following the meeting.

Action Plan Development (Day 2)

  • Discuss with your peers what you’ve learned throughout the workshop and prepare to work on your action plan with your company teams. Time will be available for open facilitated discussion.

Come join your peers from Operating companies from across the country at this year’s workshop.  Please email Mawusi Bridges, mbridges@afpm.org, with any questions or for more information.

Resources available on the AFPM Safety Portal (safetyportal.afpm.org)

  • Toolbox talks
  • Newsletters
  • Practices Sharing Documents
  • Presentations

Registration closes July 22, 2022

Operating companies are welcome and encouraged to attend the Workshop. The audience includes Operations, Maintenance, Front Lines, Front Line Supervisors, Process Safety, Occupational Safety and more. If you have questions about eligibility, please email Mawusi Bridges, mbridges@afpm.org, for more information.


Registration fees are based on AFPM membership. If your company is a member of AFPM, you qualify for the member fees.

Save $100 on registration fees by registering on or before July 22, 2022. Registration fees increase by $100 on July 23. Online registration closes on July 22, 2022.

Cancellations may be made by July 18, 2022 with no penalty. Cancellations postmarked, faxed, or emailed between July 19 and July 21, 2022 will receive a refund of fees, less a $100 processing fee. No refunds after July 22, 2022. No telephone cancellations.

Registration Fees



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Reservations cannot be made prior to registration. If you register before the hotel cut-off date, you will receive a link to make your hotel reservation once your registration is complete. You can also find the link to reserve your housing at the top of your confirmation email.

Be sure to register and reserve your room on or before July 2. The room block rate cannot be guaranteed after this date.

Royal Sonesta Houston
2222 West Loop South
Houston, TX 77027

Guest Room:
Rate: $179.00 Single/Double Occupancy
Deposit: $179.00 Single/Double Occupancy

Check-In Information:
Check-In Time: 3:00 pm
Check-Out Time: 12:00 pm