Important Standards Announcements
API Recommended Practice 1169, Pipeline Construction Inspection, 2nd Edition, has been published to improve safety and sustainability during a pipeline’s construction activities. The latest update outlines issues pipeline inspectors should review during construction, with a new emphasis on creating effective working relationships between operators, inspectors, and contractors. The scope of covered activities is also expanded in the 2nd Edition to cover all aspects of pipeline construction.
The API Standards: International Usage and Deployment report demonstrates the role industry standards play in the development and spread of technologies and products used around the world to enhance environmental, health, safety, and sustainability. The report analyzes how 17 economies in energy producing regions use API’s technical standards as the basis for government regulations and safety programs. The report is focused broadly on the use of API standards across all segments — not only in national laws and regulations but also in policy guidance, national standards, technical manuals, and industry practice.
API Recommended Practice 15WT, Operations for Layflat Hose in Oilfield Water Applications has been published to drive safety and environmental protection for those operations which use layflat hoses. The new recommended practice addresses the safe use of hoses at upstream operations and ensures operators are using equipment that can maintain integrity when transporting water. RP 15WT also addresses risk management evaluations, use of integrity management devices, storage, and more.
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.