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API releases three new standards to improve refinery safety

American Petroleum Institute, June 4, 2014
WASHINGTON June 4, 2014 – The American Petroleum Institute (API) issued three new first edition standards to enhance refinery safety and inspection programs as part of its core commitments to improving workplace safety and protecting the environment. 

"These new recommended practices will enhance safety by helping companies prevent refinery accidents before they happen while helping to mitigate and respond to those incidents that may occur," said API Director of Standards David Miller. "The three new standards help improve safety by offering guidance for reducing corrosion, improving efficiency of process safety inspections, and outlining steps for proper pressure equipment incident investigations."

RP 583, Corrosion Under Insulation and Fireproofing: This standard will assist with industry inspection, and allow maintenance personnel to fully understand the complexity of corrosion under insulation and fireproofing, as well as the subsequent ways to reduce its occurrence at refineries. 

RP 584, Integrity Operating Windows: A key part of process safety is the facility’s inspection program, and this standard was written to assist industry in developing the most efficient and effective inspection program based on each unit’s unique operational history. 

RP 585, Pressure Equipment Integrity Incident Investigation: This standard describes how an effective investigation can be structured so organizations can learn from each incident, and use this knowledge to reduce the likelihood of future incidents. 

The API standards program has grown from the first published standard in 1925 to more than 600 standards and technical reports today, with more than 185 safe operating standards, recommended practices and technical reports for the refining and petrochemical industry. The program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the authority on U.S. standards. Every API standard is developed in an open process with a public comment period by joint committees of representatives from government, the engineering field, and the oil and natural gas industry. More than 130 API standards have been incorporated in government regulations, and API undergoes regular third-party audits to ensure the program meets ANSI’s Essential Requirements for openness, balance, consensus and due process. 

Government-referenced and safety-related standards are freely available to review online at http://publications.api.org/.

API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, which supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 600 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 20 million Americans.


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