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Occupational Safety

API’s members that operate refineries and plants support a mission to promote safe, healthful, efficient, and environmentally sound practices, specifically when it relates to occupational safety.  When tasks like confined space entry or working at heights are completed, extra caution must be taken.  Through the API Safety & Fire Protection Group, a forum is provided for members to share information and develop industry standards to advance best practices for these critical jobs, as well as others, all to ensure employees are safe and the environment is protected. Additionally, this team works to provide input to OSHA and other relevant government agencies on the practical ways to enforce and regulate occupational safety.

Currently, API maintains about 30 safety and fire protection standards and recommended practices. A selection of refining-related safety and fire protection documents are linked below. Click here to view a read only copy of those API documents incorporated by references. An account will have to be created to access, but once it is, all can be viewed.

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RP 2009

Safe Welding, Cutting, and Hot Work Practices in the Petroleum and Petrochemical Industries

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RP 2201

Safe Hot Tapping Practices in the Petroleum and Petrochemical Industries

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RP 2217A

Safe Work in Inert Confined Spaces in the Petroleum and Petrochemical Industries

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RP 2219

Safe Operation of Vacuum Trucks Handling Flammable and Combustible Liquids in Petroleum Service

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Std 2220

Contractor Safety Performance Process

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RP 2221

Contractor and Owner Safety Program Implementation

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