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Process Safety Assessments (PSSAP)

As part of the industry’s ongoing commitment to continuous process safety improvements, API, in collaboration with industry partners, has developed a Process Safety Site Assessment Program (PSSAP).  This program will primarily involve the assessment of a site’s process safety systems by independent, credible, third party teams of industry-qualified process safety expert assessors.


Process Safety Site Assessment Program

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Through the use of industry developed protocols, the process safety site assessments will evaluate both the quality of the written programs and the effectiveness of field implementation.  The following is the list of the process safety areas that will be evaluated:

  • Process Safety Leadership
  • Management of Change (MOC)
  • Mechanical Integrity (focused on fixed equipment)  
  • Safe Work Procedures
  • Operating Practices
  • Facility Siting
  • Process Hazards Analysis
  • HF Alkylation/RP 751

Read More About Our Protocols or Request a Copy.

The assessment protocols include a method to score the effectiveness of the implementation of the separate components of the process safety programs. The assessment team will identify observations that the site should consider further as well as practices that the site executes and/or manages well.  The assessment final report will not provide written recommendations.

The Process Safety Site Assessment Protocols are not intended to:

  • replace or be interpreted as industry standards or recognized and generally accepted good engineering practices;
  • provide a definitive, required, and/or prioritized list of site requirements;
  • provide a detailed review of OSHA PSM requirements; or
  • replace sound engineering judgment of each site on the appropriate steps it should take to ensure safe operation.

The Process Safety Site Assessment Program (PSSAP) will be implemented and managed by the API Global Industry Services (GIS) Department.

API GIS does not assume any liability for how the information is implemented and/or used and each site is responsible for ensuring that its own standards, practices, and procedures comply with all applicable requirements and are appropriately suited for the site specific operating environment.

Inquiries regarding having your site assessed as a part of this program can be made to Andrew Broadbent at broadbenta@api.org.

For information about becoming an assessor, please see the Assessor Qualification Process and Assessment Team Member or Assessment Team Leader qualification requirements.

Developed in collaboration with industry partners

To request additional information, begin by submitting the form linked below.

The following is the list of the process safety areas that are assessed by the use of each protocol*:

  • Process Safety Leadership
  • Management of Change
  • Mechanical Integrity (focused on fixed equipment)
  • Safe Work Practices
  • Operating Practices
  • Facility Siting
  • Process Hazards Analysis
  • HF Alkylation/API RP 751

Note: The Process Safety Site Assessments ARE NOT intended to be compliance audits (with the exception of the HF alkylation/API RP 751 protocol)

To request additional information, use one of the following methods:

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Industry-recognized Site Assessments are only those organized and directed through the Process Safety Site Assessment Program managed by API.

The Process Safety Site Assessment Protocols are not intended to:

  • replace or be interpreted as industry standards or recognized and generally accepted good engineering practices;
  • provide a definitive, required, and/or prioritized list of site requirements;
  • provide a detailed review of OSHA PSM requirements; or replace sound engineering judgment of each site on the appropriate steps it should take to ensure safe operation.

API Global Industry Services does not assume any liability for how the information is implemented and/or used and each site is responsible for ensuring that its own standards, practices, and procedures comply with all applicable requirements and are appropriately suited for the site specific operating environment.

You expressly acknowledge and agree that the information contained in the protocols is being provided on an "as-is" basis, without warranty of any kind, express or implied, including without limitation any warranty regarding the accuracy or content of the information.

You further understand and agree that use of any and all information contained in the protocols is at your own sole risk.

You understand that the protocols are the copyrighted property of API and cannot be altered, revised, incorporated into other works, or sold by you or any other party without the prior written approval of API.

You release API, its members, and its employees, from any claims and damages you may have from accessing, using the information contained herein, and you agree to defend and indemnify API, its members, and its employees, for any claims and/or damages that arise directly or indirectly from your use of the protocols and guidance documents or the information contained therein.

*At this time, the protocols are only being provided to refining and petrochemical sites.  For more information, please contact us at pssap@api.org.

The Quality is in the Team

“You cannot fool these assessors – they have done your job for 30 years”

The assessors who make up our process safety site assessment teams have an invaluable amount of experience, which results in "world class" assessments for your facilities.

Our hand-picked assessors have an average of 35 years process safety experience in the refining and petrochemical industry, and are recognized as leading experts in their respective fields. So, in addition to unparalleled assessments, the mentorship that the assessors bring to your site is priceless.


To learn more about our outstanding assessor group, use the links below:

Don Abrahamson

Christy Franklyn-Alderman

John Alderman

Mark Bell

Andrew Broadbent

Craig "Jim" Browning

Dave Fisher

Walt Frank

Daniel Long

Jack McCavit

Ron McGihon

Tim Overton

Chad Patschke

Eric Peters

John Reynolds

Michael Smith

This list is always growing and changing! If you are interested in applying to become a PSSAP Assessor, please contact us at pssap@api.org

Request copies from pssap@api.org, or

Request more Information (all requests will be responded to within 3 business days):