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Oil Spill & Emergency Preparedness and Response

First Responder Training

API has developed an online training portal free of charge for first responders possibly responding to a pipeline emergency. The portal provides first responders with access to relevant information about what to expect in a pipeline emergency and how to effectively respond. The portal offers introductory, intermediate and advanced classes on safely responding to a pipeline emergency, managing a pipeline emergency response and providing tactical response guidelines for hazardous materials technicians. The portal also hosts issue-based training on liquefied natural gas incidents, fire incident data and safety layering. Portal courses are free of charge, accessible anywhere and can be started and resumed at any point. Learn more about the vital partnership between industry and first responders to promote effective responses to pipeline incidents here.

Oil Spill Prevention and Response

API is committed to ensuring that all responders to oil and gas emergencies are prepared and have the information they need should an event occur. All of our guidance regarding oil spill response can be found on www.oilspillprevention.org and its Response Library, which includes guidance such as API Technical Report 1254, In-situ Burning Guidance for Safety Officers and Safety and Health professionals, and links to other guidance such as API Recommend Practice 98, Personal Protective Equipment Selection for Oil Spill Responders. We are committed to ensuring that health and safety guidance relevant to emergencies is consolidated and available for those who need it.

In addition to oil spill guidance, API also has created guidance for management of member company onshore emergency response management systems. For more information on this initiative, please visit our website here.

Emergency Response

API created the Oil and Natural Gas Industry Preparedness Handbook, with support from members and associations throughout the industry, to illustrate how local responses can be aided by local, State and regional associations, established relationships with governments and communities, and how corporate and federal capabilities can facilitate efficient response and recovery at the local level. View the handbook here.