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Recommended Practice 754

Process Safety Indicators for the Refining and Petrochemical Industries

As a result of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board’s (CSB) investigation of the 2005 BP Texas City incident, the CSB issued several recommendations. One of those recommendations called for API and USW to work together to develop an ANSI standard that creates “performance indicators for process safety in the refinery and petrochemical industries.” A performance indicators program provides useful information for driving improvement and when acted upon, contributes to reducing risks of major hazards by identifying the underlying causes and taking action to prevent recurrence.


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