ABS Consulting served as one of the technical consultants in developing API’s recently released Recommended Practice 753 (RP 753) (“Management of Hazards Associated with Location of Process Plant Portable Buildings”). This new recommended practice provides guidance for reducing the risk to personnel located in portable buildings from potential explosion, fire and toxic release hazards. RP 753 was developed after compiling and evaluating data about the use of trailers at refineries, including public information gained from the investigation of the Texas City refinery tragedy.
“Mark Whitney of our Extreme Loads and Structural Risk center in San Antonio did a great job to facilitate the establishment of an industry consensus on this important process safety issue,” said Steve Arendt, Vice President, Organizational Performance and Assurance, ABS Consulting. “More work is planned to upgrade industry guidance on permanent building facility siting (RP 752), beginning in fall 2007,” Arendt continued.
In late August, ABS Consulting and API University will hold two one-day workshops, OSHA NEP—Preparation, Lessons and Impacts Workshop and API RP 753—Portable Building Facility Siting Workshop, at the Wyndham Greenspoint Hotel in Houston, Texas. The workshop agendas include interpretations of the NEP audit protocol, OSHA experiences, an overview of the recommended practice, possible effects of facility siting decisions and company case studies. Workshop dates and speaker information will be issued in July. Additional RP 753 workshops will be held in September and October in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and New Orleans.