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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
For general questions on the Portal or to submit the Company Database Agreement
and assign Database Administrators, please contact
American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers
1667 K Street NW Washington, DC 20006