California Approves New Safety Regulations for Oil Refineries

California State has approved new regulations to strengthen workplace and environmental safety at oil refineries statewide. Effective from 1st October 2017, the regulations implement key recommendations of the Governor’s Interagency Working Group on Refinery Safety.

refinery safetyThe regulations have been developed by the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), and include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Authority for refinery personnel to close a unit in an unsafe condition or an emergency
  • More employer accountability for the mechanical integrity of refinery equipment
  • More employee involvement in all aspects of the safety and prevention program
  • Annual public reporting of refinery safety metrics under CalARP

According to California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services Director Mark Ghilarducci “These new regulations increase overall preparedness, provide greater accountability and implement a nation-leading approach to public safety and emergency prevention at refineries.”