Process safety involves applying good operating, engineering, maintenance and other practices to manufacturing processes. The process safety practices of fuel and petrochemical manufacturers are regulated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Process Safety Management Standard for Highly Hazardous Chemicals and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Accidental Release Prevention Program.
Refining and petrochemical sites are regularly monitored and audited to ensure their practices and procedures are being managed safely and in accordance with the law. Process safety management audits are regularly conducted and sites submit risk management plans every five years to comply with regulations. Fuel manufacturers also comply with a number of additional, voluntary process safety standards and audits in order to promote a safe working environment.
AFPM supports policies that lead to real, tangible safety benefits without compromising facility safety or duplicating existing regulations.