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Facility Siting: An Overview of Recommended Practices

November 8, 2013 | 10:00 - 11:00 am CST

Processing highly hazardous materials always includes the risk of toxic and/or flammable releases that could potentially threaten the lives of workers. However, with proper design and location of workplace structures, the risk of injury or death in the event of an accident can be significantly reduced.

This webinar addresses the regulatory requirements for facility siting and gives an overview of the methods to satisfy the requirements. It specifically addresses the requirements in American Petroleum Institute (API) Recommended Practice (RP) documents 752 (Management of Hazards Associated with Location of Process Plant Permanent Buildings) and 753 (Management of Hazards Associated with Location of Process Plant Portable Buildings). These documents give guidance for managing the risk from explosions, fires and toxic material releases to on-site personnel located in permanent or portable buildings.

What You Will Learn:

  • An overview of industry facility siting practices
  • How facility siting is an integral part of your PSM program
  • An introduction to the methods used in facility siting studies
  • The broad range of remedial actions that may be taken


Gary Fitzgerald

Gary Fitzgerald is one of ABS Consulting's primary engineers for petrochemical building facility siting and has extensive experience in VCE blast load calculations, modeling high explosives, pressure vessel bursts (PVBs), BLEVEs and chemical runaway reactions. Gary evaluates explosion consequences that include blast loads, cratering and fragment generation and he has extensive experience using AUTODYN 2-D and 3-D hydrocode to model condensed phase and compressed gas explosions and structural response from these events.

About ABS Group

ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (ABS Group) and its operating subsidiaries provide risk management solutions and certification services worldwide that help clients address the safety, integrity, quality and environmental efficiency of critical assets and operations. Headquartered in Spring, Texas, ABS Group operates with more than 1200 professionals across the globe, serving the marine and offshore, oil, gas and chemical, government, power and energy and industrial sectors. ABS Group is a subsidiary of ABS (, a leading marine and offshore classification society.

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