• 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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    Executive Summary  

    AFPM / API Process Safety Performance Metrics

    AFPM and API have modified their annual safety data reporting programs to align with the new ANSI/API Standard - RP 754 “Process Safety Performance Indicators for the Refining and Petrochemical Industries.” 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 Event Sharing Program

    The AFPM Event Sharing program 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.

    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.

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

    Process Safety Regional Networks

    Process 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 performance of all sites in the region. Agenda items typically focus on appropriate sharing of process safety practices, lessons learned from industry events, industry standards, regulatory challenges, hazard identification and special topics as needed.

    Please contact Eileen Scherzinger 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.

    Safety Portal

    AFPM has created a new online “Safety Portal” to support the new 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.