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API releases three new standards for improving refinery safety issues

06.04.2014  | 

The API issued three new first edition standards to enhance refinery safety and inspection programs as part of its core commitments to improving workplace safety and protecting the environment.


The American Petroleum Institute (API) issued three new first edition standards to enhance refinery safety and inspection programs as part of its core commitments to improving workplace safety and protecting the environment

“These new recommended practices will enhance safety by helping companies prevent refinery accidents before they happen while helping to mitigate and respond to those incidents that may occur,” said David Miller, director of standards for the API. “The three new standards help improve safety by offering guidance for reducing corrosion, improving efficiency of process safety inspections, and outlining steps for proper pressure equipment incident investigations.”

RP 583, Corrosion Under Insulation and Fireproofing: This standard will assist with industry inspection, and allow maintenance personnel to fully understand the complexity of corrosion under insulation and fireproofing, as well as the subsequent ways to reduce its occurrence at refineries.  

RP 584, Integrity Operating Windows: A key part of process safety is the facility’s inspection program, and this standard was written to assist industry in developing the most efficient and effective inspection program based on each unit’s unique operational history.

RP 585, Pressure Equipment Integrity Incident Investigation: This standard describes how an effective investigation can be structured so organizations can learn from each incident, and use this knowledge to reduce the likelihood of future incidents.

The API's website includes full details on each standard.

The API standards program has grown from the first published standard in 1925 to more than 600 standards and technical reports today, with more than 185 safe operating standards, recommended practices and technical reports for the refining and petrochemical industry. The program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the authority on US standards. 

Every API standard is developed in an open process with a public comment period by joint committees of representatives from government, the engineering field, and the oil and natural gas industry. More than 130 API standards have been incorporated in government regulations, and API undergoes regular third-party audits to ensure the program meets ANSI’s essential requirements for openness, balance, consensus and due process. 

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Syed Absar Ahmed

Excellent need to appreciated to API to enhance the knowledge and updates to the relevant people and industry

Robert Jalum

I do appreciate the high concerns of process safety through the introduction of the new standards.May i please know the fee to acquire such standards and please if possible can i receive the lists of standards dealing with health ,safety and environment in the refining ,pipeline and storage sector.

Pedro Castillo

This is a very good and safety practice to be recommended

Chandrakant Mohikar

Very good. It would be useful to design & construct, identify / detect invisible or hidden leakage. I hope standard contains method of rectification, integrated monitoring with little cost, time & resources (CTR)

Chandrakant Mohikar (Retired Company Representative - Project QA

Emmanuel Ansah

Excellent work and keep up the good work for the industry.

vinaychandra suthar

I am attracted by RP583 & 585 as its play vital role in work place safety improvement.they ar interconnected as investigating any PE there may be CUI &FP.i will aquiered cpy of it.
Good dtep towards safety.

Carter Martinez

RP=Recommended Practice

Abdul Rahim Fakhroo

This very important step in the right direction



Kaime Bárcena L

That is a very good and safety practice from API that makes an open consult to get the expert professional opinion from different fields in order to improve and also construct such some new and useful API "RP" for different applications males API a confidential crude oil industry institution services.

Have good practices issuances jb

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