Oil and Petroleum Reports and Forms

A Risk Too Great, Hydrofluoric Acid in U.S. Refineries
The USW released this study, “A Risk Too Great, Hydrofluoric Acid in U.S. Refineries,” to warn the public that refiners that use hydrofluoric acid (HF) in their alkylation process to make clean-burning gasoline do not have adequate safety systems in place and are not prepared to handle a release. HF is highly toxic and at high enough exposures it can kill a person. If released into the atmosphere, it rapidly forms a dense vapor cloud that hovers near land and can travel long distances. A release from U.S. refineries  can range from three to 25 miles, depending on the amount stored at the facility. More than 26 million Americans live within this range, many in urban areas such as Philadelphia, Memphis, Salt Lake City and Houston that are impossible to evacuate quickly. No other chemical process puts as many people at risk.

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Oil and Chemical Spills: Federal Emergency Response Framework

Thousands of oil and chemical spills of varying size and magnitude occur in the United States each year. A recent spill of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol into the Elk River in early January 2014 in and near Charleston, WV, illustrates the potential magnitude of such incidents that can have broad impacts on local populations. 

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Incident Report Forms
Information is needed from oil locals about the process safety incidents happening at their facilities. One person from each local should be designated to do this. The information would be sent to Mr. Kim Nibarger of the Health, Safety and Environment department at knibarger@usw.org.

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Beyond Texas City
The State of Process Safety in the Unionized U.S. Oil Refining Industry

On March 23, 2005, a fiery blast at the BP refinery in Texas City, Texas killed 15 workers, injured 180 others and caused major alarm in the community. According to the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), the incident led to financial losses exceeding $1.5 billion.”

In January 2006, nine months following the Texas City disaster, the Tony Mazzocchi Center for Health, Safety and Environmental Educationa (TMC) sent a 64-item, mailback survey to local unions at each of 71 United Steelworkers (USW)-represented refineries.

The survey sought to determine the extent to which conditions similar to those that led to the BP Texas City catastrophe exist at the nation’s other refineries and what is being done to correct those conditions.

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The Report of the BP U.S. Refineries Independent Safety Review Panel
On March 23, 2005, the BP Texas City refinery experienced a catastrophic process accident. It was one of the most serious U.S. workplace disasters of the past two decades, resulting in 15 deaths and more than 170 injuries.

In the aftermath of the accident, BP followed the recommendation of the U. S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board and formed this independent panel to conduct a thorough review of the company’s corporate safety culture, safety management systems, and corporate safety oversight at its U.S. refineries. We issue our findings and make specific and extensive recommendations. If implemented and sustained, these recommendations can significantly improve BP’s process safety performance.

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