CSB announces public meeting on refinery fatigue standard

Washington – The Chemical Safety Board has scheduled a public meeting for April 24 to discuss progress made by the American Petroleum Institute and United Steelworkers on developing a fatigue standard for refinery and petrochemical industries.

The agency called on USW and API to develop a consensus standard in 2007 as part of CSB’s investigation into the fatal 2005 explosion at BP’s Texas City refinery. In advance of the meeting, CSB is accepting comment through April 12 on its draft evaluation (.pdf file) of the groups’ actions.

The meeting, set to take place in Washington, also will address recommendations CSB made to OSHA regarding fuel gas safety and process safety management regulations for organizational changes and atmospheric storage tanks.

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