Volume 94 Issue 30 | p. 19 | Concentrates
Issue Date: July 25, 2016

Inherently safer design at refineries proposed in California

By Jeff Johnson, special to C&EN
Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: industrial safety, refinery regulation, California, CSB, inherently safer design

California regulatory agencies are proposing a sweeping overhaul of worker safety and environmental regulations at refineries. A recent proposal would require the state’s 14 oil refineries to adopt inherently safer designs and systems “to the greatest extent feasible,” which is regulatory wording long sought by unions and community groups. The proposal would also give refinery workers authority to shut down an unsafe operation as well as allow anonymous reporting . . .

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