March 2002

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HPInternet: OSHA’s Petroleum Refining Processes

The government is often viewed as an adversary to our efforts, butthis is not always the case. Here is an example of a great sitefull of information about the hydrocarbon processing industry fromthe U..

Crowley, B., Competitive Analysis Technologies

The government is often viewed as an adversary to our efforts, but this is not always the case. Here is an example of a great site full of information about the hydrocarbon processing industry from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety&Health Administration, otherwise known simply as OSHA. The address is a long one: www.osha-slc.gov/dts/osta/otm/otm_iv/otm_iv_2.html#app_iv:2_1. Here we find a history of the petroleum refining industry and those processes that we see in the modern refinery of today. One chapter of OSHA's extensive technical manual covers the history of refinery processing, characteristics of crude oil, hydrocarbon types and chemistry, and major

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