[SystemSafety] US Chemical Safety Board report discusses safety case regulatory approach

From: C. Michael Holloway < >
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:14:54 -0500


Here's the first paragraph of a news report issued by the US Chemical Safety Board on Monday:

November 10, 2014-- In the final Regulatory Report unanimously approved by the CSB Board and released to the public today, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) proposes recommendations for substantial changes to the way refineries are regulated in California. Entitled "Regulatory Report: Chevron Richmond Refinery Pipe Rupture and Fire," the CSB report calls on California to enhance its process safety management (PSM) regulations for petroleum refineries to ensure a more robust and adaptive regulatory regime.

The press release is here: http://goo.gl/cHa7Fu
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Here's an excerpt from the report:

This report highlights the significant attributes of the safety case regime that together result in a more effective regulatory approach to process safety and risk reduction. It also provides a detailed contrast of the safety case regulatory model to the existing regulatory structures in the US and California, and makes recommendations to improve California's regulatory oversight of its petroleum refineries and to promote a broader national dialogue on the safety case regulatory approach.

The full report is here: http://goo.gl/EGh1HW
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Some people may be particularly interested in Appendix C: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Regarding the Safety Case Regulatory Approach.


*C. Michael Holloway*, Senior Research Engineer
Safety Critical Avionics Systems Branch, Research Directorate
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