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Addressing Revisions to CalARP and Cal/OSHA's PSM Regulations

August 10, 2016 | 10:00 - 11:00 am CDT

As part of a complimentary webinar series addressing regulatory changes to improve process safety, ABS Group will address forthcoming revisions to the California Department of Industrial Relations' proposed new Process Safety Management (PSM) standard for improving safety in petroleum refineries.

The proposed PSM Standard for Petroleum Refineries in California was initiated in 2014 by the California Interagency Working Group on Refinery Safety comprising members from California's EPA (CalEPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) divisions. The latest draft of the revised standard was published in mid-2015 and includes new prevention and management strategies to help mitigate major incidents and reduce the health and safety risks to which employees and the public may be exposed from petroleum refineries. The final standard revisions are expected to be published in the summer of 2016.

ABS Group's webinar will provide an overview of the new CalEPA and Cal/OSHA requirements and a Q&A session with our process safety experts who worked closely with both the refining industry and regulators during the revision process. We will share insights into key new elements and requirements such as safeguard protection analysis, hierarchy of hazards control analysis, damage mechanism reviews, safety culture, human factors, management of organizational change, incident investigation/root cause analysis and PSM system/metrics.


David F. Montague

David Montague is Senior Vice President of Safety, Risk and Compliance for ABS Group. Montague has more than 35 years of experience in reliability, safety, human factors and risk assessment of complex engineered systems in the nuclear, chemical processing and defense industries. He has held many roles within ABS Group, heading up the company's risk services group, managing the government business unit, leading technology development and supporting Europe business development for the process industry business unit. Prior to these roles, Montague was CEO of JBF Associates Inc., a company he helped build since 1979, until its acquisition by ABS Group in 1998. He holds a master's degree from the University of Tennessee and graduated summa cum laude from Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelor's degree in Nuclear Engineering.

About ABS Group

ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (, through its operating subsidiaries, provides technical advisory and certification services to support the safety and reliability of high-performance assets and operations in the oil, gas and chemical, power generation, marine, offshore and government sectors, among others. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ABS Group operates with more than 1,000 professionals globally. ABS Group is a subsidiary of ABS (, a leading marine and offshore classification society.

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