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ABS Group Launches Cal/OSHA PSM Regulation for Refineries Toolkit

September 14, 2017

NEWS ADVISORY--Effective October 1, 2017, California refiners are required to comply with the recently revised process safety management (PSM) regulation to minimize process safety hazards at petroleum refineries. ABS Group, a leading process safety and risk management advisor for more than 40 years, has launched the Cal/OSHA PSM Regulation for Refineries Toolkit, a guidance resource which comprises information tools and webinars related to the upcoming standard requirements from the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA). 

ABS Group's toolkit promotes increased knowledge-sharing from leading process safety experts by combining video recordings, technical presentations and articles into an integrated resource to help refiners understand how to comply with the PSM Regulation. Key technical focus areas include performing process safety culture assessments, addressing damage mechanism review, safeguard protection analysis, facility siting and human factors, among others.

This information resource builds on the success of ABS Group's webinars as well as the Company's reputation as the lead and/or contributing author of many of the most commonly referenced process safety texts published by the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS), including Guidelines for Risk Based Process Safety (2007, CCPS) and Guidelines for Implementing Process Safety Management, 2nd Edition (2016, CCPS). Included in the toolkit are practical insights compiled by Steve Arendt, Vice President of ABS Group's Global Oil, Gas and Chemical division. Arendt has worked with several industry groups to develop technical positions dealing with OSHA's PSM regulation (29 CFR 1910.119) and the EPA's risk management program rule (40 CFR Part 68) and has been an active participant in these rulemakings.  

In addition, ABS Group's Safety, Risk and Compliance advisors based in California, Tennessee and Texas have prepared expert-led PSM guidance for complying with EPA/OSHA regulations. Since 2016, the ABS Group Process Safety and Advanced Engineering teams have conducted webinars and shared regulatory insights to help organizations understand the upcoming regulatory changes.

Learn more about the PSM regulation for refinery safety by visiting our Knowledge Center.


About ABS

ABS, a leading global provider of classification and technical advisory services to the marine and offshore industries, is committed to setting standards for safety and excellence in design and construction. Focused on safe and practical application of advanced technologies and digital solutions, ABS works with industry and clients to develop accurate and cost-effective compliance, optimized performance and operational efficiency for marine and offshore assets.   

About ABS Group

ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (, through its operating subsidiaries, provides data-driven risk and reliability solutions and technical services that help clients confirm the safety, integrity, quality and environmental efficiency of critical assets and operations. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ABS Group operates with more than 1,300 professionals in over 25 countries serving the industrial manufacturing, oil, gas and chemical, marine, offshore and government sectors. ABS Group is a subsidiary of ABS, a leading marine and offshore classification society.

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