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API revises standard to reduce worker fatigue in refineries, chemical plants

May 07/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- The American Petroleum Institute issued a revised standard aimed at reducing fatigue among workers in the nations refineries and chemical plants, the trade group said.

The fatigue standard, officially called Recommended Practice (RP) 755, was first issued in 2010, based on the U.S. Chemical Safety Boards finding that worker fatigue was one of the factors in the 2005 explosion at BP Plcs refinery in Texas City, Texas, which killed 15 workers and injured 180 others.

The revised RP 755 is intended to further tighten the limits on the number of consecutive hours and days work may be required including during malfunctions and shutdowns.

The second edition of RP 755 advances unified and condensed requirements to avoid fatigue for all workers involved in safety sensitive processes, said Debra Phillips, vice president of APIs Global Industry Services division in a statement issued on Thursday.

The United Steelworkers union (USW), which represents 30,000 workers in the oil industry did not reply to a request for comment on Thursday.
USW officials have in the past criticized the standard for being too easy for refinery and chemical plant managers to bypass or abuse.

It is up to individual companies to decide how to implement RP 755, if at all.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:petroleum products, petrochemistry, Crude oil.
Category:General News
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