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Importance of OSHA Compliance in Oil Refineries

Oil refineries in Texas and across the country are governed by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) operating standards. OSHA regulations exist to ensure that every employer provides its employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards that cause or are likely to cause death or serious injury. Claiming a lack of awareness is not acceptable; employers are required to continually assess their workplaces to determine if hazards are present and take appropriate actions to protect employees if any problems are uncovered. Understanding specific sections of OSHA regulations will help injured refinery workers understand the best way to handle their claims.

Inspection, Testing & Preventative Maintenance

Since refineries are 24-hour operations, equipment is placed under greater strain and needs to be inspected, maintained, and repaired with greater frequency than other industrial machines. Assuring the mechanical integrity of refinery equipment is important, not only for production purposes, but also to prevent injury to workers. It is particularly important to maintain critical equipment like pressure vessels, piping, furnaces, and boiler tubes since failures in these locations can result in catastrophic incidents. If a tragic accident does occur, examining written inspection and maintenance policies can help identify whether employer negligence contributed to dangerous equipment failure.

Process Safety Information Compliance

Process safety information (PSI) compliance dictates that all employers complete a comprehensive written analysis of the potential hazards involved in operating processes that occur within the refinery. An effective PSI should include information about the toxicity of chemicals involved in operations, permissible exposure rates, chemical interactivity, and other potential hazards. It is essential for an effective PSI program to have complete and accurate information available, to serve both as a guide to employees and as a first resource for corrective action should an accident occur.

When an accident does occur, examining a refinery's written process safety information can help determine whether the employer was in compliance with OSHA safety standards. The law states that employers must consult with employees when developing and implementing process safety management programs and hazard assessments. It also requires that employers train and educate employees on findings from incident investigations by the program.

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When refineries do not follow proper maintenance and other safety procedures, or do not properly educate employees about the policies in place, they put everyone in proximity of the refinery at risk. If employees are not made aware of safety procedures, their ability to respond to a potentially dangerous situation will be severely hampered.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a refinery accident, it is crucial to consult with an experienced industrial accident attorney. At Arnold & Itkin, our attorneys are familiar with OSHA safety rules and can quickly identify situations in which accidents were likely caused by an employers' negligence or non-compliance. When an accident occurs, the injured employee should be able to focus on his or her recovery, not on attempting to uncover an employer's unsafe operating practices. When you consult with our experienced attorneys, we do all the work, so you can focus on getting better.

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