The U.S. Chemical Safety Board will hold a public hearing to release preliminary findings into its investigation of the Macondo well blowout, explosion and fire in the Gulf of Mexico. The two-day hearing, planned for July 23-24, in Houston, Texas, will include presentations and discussions on measuring process safety performance in high hazard industries, including the development and implementation of leading and lagging indicators, for effective safety management.
According the Washington, D.C.-based agency, the first
day of the hearing will focus on the downstream refining and petrochemical
sector. It will include a presentation by CSB staff on the board’s evaluation
of the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) Recommended Practice for Process
Safety Performance Indicators for the Refining and Petrochemical Industries
(ANSI/API RP 754). The creation of API RP 754 was an outcome of a CSB’s
recommendation resulting from the agency’s investigation into the BP Texas City
refinery fire and explosion that killed 15 workers and injured 180 others. The
CSB found that safety performance indicators for major accident prevention were
not being used to drive safety improvements. The lessons learned from other
high hazard industries with advanced indicator programs will also be discussed
during the first day of the hearing.
The second day will include a presentation by CSB staff
on preliminary findings on the use of safety indicators and major accident
prevention from the Macondo incident. To date, the CSB has conducted numerous
interviews and examined tens of thousands of documents from over 15 companies
and parties in order to examine the use of safety indicators.