Important Standards Announcements
The 4th edition of API Recommended Practice 75, Recommended Practice for a Safety and Environmental Management System for Offshore Operations and Assets, provides guidance for establishing, implementing, maintaining, and continually improving a safety management system (SEMS) for offshore oil and gas operations. The new edition expands the reach of SEMS globally, to contractors and sub-contractors, as well as acknowledges advancements in technology and advancements to improve risk management.
The Integrity Management (IM) standards can help ensure the continued reliable and efficient operation of offshore production platforms, including facilities designed to produce oil and natural gas and export liquefied natural gas (LNG).
These new recommended practices (RP 2MIM, RP 2RIM, and RP 2FSIM) add to API’s suite of existing IM standards, which address the critical need of adopting a systems level approach when developing and operating offshore facilities.
API’s new technical report aids oil and natural gas companies in selecting the right materials for bolting, a key to safe and reliable operations.
The latest standards and marketing guidelines for API Engine Oil Quality Marks governs how engine oil marketers certify that gasoline and diesel engine oils meet API’s stringent performance standards.
The 10th edition of API’s Fire Protection in Refineries, builds on industry experience gained over seven decades and includes: important revisions on hazard analysis; new ways to improve the design of refineries to help prevent fires; and, new information on managing the potential environmental impact of firefighting foams and marine firefighting. API convened experts across the natural gas and oil industry, and collaborated with important stakeholders, including the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the United States Coast Guard on important updates made to this safety standard.
API’s Fire Protection in Refineries, First Edition, appeared in 1933 as the beginning of fire safety guidance series for the “downstream” segment.
For more than 15 years, from blending to shipping, API has developed technical references for manufacturers, refiners and retailers of fuel-grade ethanol and gasoline blends, to promote consistency and quality of the product. An underlying goal of all API standards development is to enhance the safety of industry operations by assuring quality, consistency, interoperability and reliability across the globe. In this ongoing effort for safety and sustainability API has now published 4 advanced standards on gasoline-ethanol blends, and these new and updated standards are an example of this important work.
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.
The American Petroleum Institute has released the third edition of API Recommended Practice 1160 (RP 1160), Managing System Integrity for Hazardous Liquid Pipelines, which provides a process for establishing safe pipeline operations, including robust assessments of potential risks and establishment of systems to safely and sustainably manage them throughout day-to-day operations
The American Petroleum Institute has released the fourth edition of Recommended Practice 54 (RP 54), Occupational Safety and Health for Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Servicing Operations, which provides procedures for promoting and maintaining safe and healthy working conditions for personnel in drilling and well servicing operations.
The document applies to rotary drilling rigs, well servicing rigs, and special services as they relate to operations on location. First published in 1981, significant revisions in this edition of Recommended Practice 54 include a new section on flowback operations which is key for safe well testing, revised requirements for facility and site process hazard assessment and mitigation, and introduction of formal risk assessments as well as expanded provisions for offshore operations.
We are pleased to announce the publication of the 21st edition of Specification 6A, Wellhead and Tree Equipment. This new edition provides technical updates that have reached consensus within API’s Subcommittee on Valves & Wellhead Equipment and will now give industry consistent practices in these respective areas of the standard. These updates are reflective of API’s standards program mission to provide a forum for development of consensus-based industry standards, and technical cooperation to improve the industry’s safety performance and competitiveness.