DIR and the Governor's Interagency Refinery Task Force
The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) is working with the Governor's Interagency Refinery Task Force to advance the safety, health and environmental performance of the state's refinery sector through prevention, emergency preparedness, and community engagement.
Please send any comments or suggestions regarding the proposed regulations to OSHSB@dir.ca.gov.
Interagency Working Group Report
Agencies of the Governor's Interagency Refinery Task Force
- California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA)
- Department of Industrial Relations (DIR)
- Division of Occupational Safety and Health DIR (Cal/OSHA)
- California Air Resources Board
- Department of Toxic Substances Control
- State Water Resources Control Board
- Governor's Office of Emergency Services
- California Department of Public Health
- California Emergency Medical Services Authority
- Office of the State Fire Marshall
|August 4, 2017||New Regulations Improve Safety at Oil Refineries|
|May 18, 2017||Landmark Workplace Safety and Health Regulation Approved to Reduce Risk of Major Incidents at Oil Refineries in California|
Notable Cal/OSHA Citations Related to Refinery Safety:
|Establishment:||ExxonMobil Refining & Supply Company|
|Violations:||General–1, Willful Serious–6, Serious–12 (Total of 19)|
|Cal/OSHA Office:||Santa Ana Process Safety Management Unit|
On February 18, 2015 ExxonMobil's Torrance refinery released hydrocarbon from its fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) unit into its electrostatic precipitator (ESP). The hydrocarbons ignited inside the ESP, causing the unit to explode. Eight workers were decontaminated after the incident, and four were sent to hospitals for treatment of minor injuries.
|Violations:||Willful Serious–11, Serious–12, General–2 (Total of 25)|
|Cal/OSHA Office:||Contra Costa Process Safety Management Unit|
On August 6, 2012, a fire broke out at the Chevron Richmond refinery when a corroded pipe in Chevron's #4 Crude Unit began leaking. Cal/OSHA immediately launched an investigation into the fire and the leak repair procedures throughout the refinery, and found that Chevron did not follow the recommendations of its own inspectors and metallurgical scientists to replace the corroded pipe that ultimately ruptured and caused the fire. They also found that Chevron did not follow its own emergency shutdown procedures when the leak was identified, and did not protect its employees and employees of Brand Scaffolding who were working at the leak site. There were also violations in Chevron's overall implementation of its own "process safety management" (PSM) procedures, required by Cal/OSHA of all refineries.
|Establishment:||Brand Energy Services of California|
|Violations:||General–3 (Total of 3)|
|Cal/OSHA Office:||Oakland District Office|
Brand Scaffolding was onsite at the Chevron Richmond refinery on August 6, 2012, and its employees were exposed to hazards when Chevron's #4 Crude Unit began leaking.