• Advancing Process Safety Programs

    The refining and petrochemical manufacturing industries are committed to protecting the health and safety of our workers, our contractors and our neighbors as well as the environment in which we operate. Our members continuously look for opportunities to enhance safety and recognize that an effective means to improve process safety performance throughout the industry is to learn from each other. AFPM and API's new programs further advance process safety improvements by providing industry with more opportunities to communicate and share experiences and knowledge.

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    AFPM / API Process Safety Performance Metrics

    AFPM and API have modified their annual safety data reporting programs to align with the second version of  ANSI/API Standard - RP 754 “Process Safety Performance Indicators for the Refining and Petrochemical Industries" published April 2016.  An API RP 754 support network is available to assist industry in the implementation and execution of the new process safety performance indicators standard to drive consistency in reporting of Tier 1 and Tier 2 events in order to establish credibility and validity of the data. Companies are encouraged to submit their annual Tier 1 and Tier 2 process safety events to both AFPM and API.

    For more information on programs to assist API 754 implementation and AFPM data collection and reports, contact Anna Scherer.

    AFPM Industry Learning and Outreach (Formerly the Event Sharing and Metrics & Analysis Sub Groups)

    The AFPM Industry Learning and Outreach mission is to collect, analyze, and share data and learnings from industry events to enhance our industry’s rate of process safety improvement. This includes QA/QC of API 754 datasets, analysis of 754 dataset for trends and changes, API 754 interpretation assistance, and AFPM Event Sharing Safety Portal Database support. The AFPM Event Sharing database was created to provide a mechanism for industry to share causal factors and lessons learned information from API Tier 1 Process Safety Events as well as other Tier 2 events and near misses considered to have high learning value for the industry. The event sharing database is located within the AFPM Safety Portal. Regular Refining and Petrochemical members must sign a corporate database user agreement prior to being granted access. For more information, contact Anna Scherer.

    Hazard Identification Program

    The AFPM Process Safety Hazards Identification program was created for the purpose of sharing process safety hazards. The program seeks to provide information and ready guides for potentially overlooked and not widely known process safety hazards; share process safety hazards lessons learned from industry related events; and improve process safety awareness.

    While industry has specific standards (e.g., API, NFPA, ASME) that highlight and identify hazards, these standards address only a small portion of all the activities and practices utilized in industry. The objective of the Process Safety Hazards Identification program is to fill the gap between existing industry standards and associated practices used by industry. For more information please contact Rehan Ehsan.

    We encourage companies to review the documents currently posted to the Safety Portal and to suggest topics for future development.

    Practices Sharing

    Documents are meant to share information on process safety practices in order to help improve process safety performance and awareness throughout industry. The goal is to capture and share knowledge that could be used by other companies or sites when developing new process safety practices or improving existing ones. The Practice being shared has been used by an industry member, but this does not mean it should be used or that it will produce similar results at any other site. Rather, it is an option to consider when implementing or adjusting programs and practices at a site. For more information please contact Rehan Ehsan.

    We encourage companies to review the documents currently posted to the Safety Portal and to suggest topics for future development.

    Process Safety & Occupational Regional Networks

    Process & Occupational Safety Regional Networks have been formed across the U.S. to provide informal collaboration opportunities for practitioners at the site level. AFPM staff coordinates and facilitates these plant-level discussions to encourage peer-to-peer networking, create a forum to exchange ideas and enhance overall process safety & occupational performance of all sites in the region. Agenda items typically focus on appropriate sharing of process & occupational safety practices, lessons learned from industry events, industry standards, regulatory challenges, hazard identification and special topics as needed.

    Please contact Eileen Scherzinger (Process Safety) or Daniel Forest (Occupational Safety) for information on participating within a region.

    API Process Safety Site Assessments Program

    The API Process Safety Site Assessment Program is focused on the higher risk activities in a petroleum refining facility. This program primarily involves the assessment of a site’s process safety systems by independent and credible, third party teams of industry-qualified process safety expert assessors. This new program is designed to promote learning from sharing of experiences and industry proven practices, provide benchmarking opportunities for a site through the use of industry-developed protocols, and serve as a feedback mechanism for analysis of performance data to identify trends and patterns. For additional information and instruction on participation, please visit the API website.

    Mechanical Integrity Subgroup

    The Mechanical Integrity Subgroup (MISG) is a program of the API/AFPM Advancing Process Safety (APS) effort. The purpose of the MISG is to reduce the process safety risks associated with the operation, inspection and maintenance of fixed equipment in refineries and petrochemical plants. The MISG will work to further understand opportunities to improve implementation of MI programs, increase awareness of those opportunities and provide industry with information and “tools” to improve performance.  More specifically, the MISG will work to identify areas that present the most risk based on APS data analysis and the experience of MI subject matter experts.  

    Human Reliability Subgroup

    The Human Reliability Subgroup (HRSG) is a program of the API/AFPM Advancing Process Safety (APS) effort.  The purpose of the HRSG is to enable the refining and petrochemical industry to reduce the process safety risks associated with human performance.  The HRSG will work to identify opportunities to improve human performance, reduce potential for human error, and reduce the likelihood that such mistakes will lead to process safety incidents if/when they do occur.  Based on identified opportunities, the HRSG will compile Practice Sharing documents and/or develop tools that can be implemented at facilities to improve process safety performance. 

    • Walk the Line Program

      Based on an analysis of industry data, AFPM members identified an opportunity to address :open-ended lines” through program called Walk the Line.  Walk the Line is a practice sharing program that that provides a variety of tools to industry to help ensure that operators know with 100% certainty where energy will flow between two points in a process.  For additional information, view our Walk the Line page of the AFPM Safety Portal.

    Safety Portal

    AFPM has created an online “Safety Portal” to support the programs being offered. Access to the Safety Portal is available to all participating member operating companies, however, a signed “Users Agreement” between the company and AFPM is required.

    Once access has been obtained, users are able to submit events and metrics, review and suggest Hazard ID Documents, view documents and meeting information for Regional Networks, and will have access to reports, references, and Injury and Illness metrics.

    For more information and instruction on participation, please view the AFPM Safety Portal.

    For general questions on the Portal or to submit the Company Database Agreement and assign Database Administrators, please contact Anna Scherer.