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API Recommended Practice 755, 2nd Edition

The American Petroleum Institute (API) has released the second edition of the only refining and petrochemical industry guidelines to improve worker safety by addressing fatigue as a risk factor.

A voluntary industry consensus committee that included labor, national trade associations, industry owner/operators, and industry engineers convened to advance and update Recommended Practice 755 (RP 755), “Fatigue Risk Management Systems for Personnel in the Refining and Petrochemical Industries.” This document builds on the 1st edition that was developed based on a recommendation by the Chemical Safety Board in 2007, following an incident at a refinery.  RP 755 has been designated as an American National Standard by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the authority on U.S. standards.

RP 755 provides guidance to employees, managers, and supervisors on understanding, recognizing and managing fatigue in the workplace.  RP 755 also outlines how owners and operators should establish policies and procedures to address these issues in the workplace.