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DIR and the Governor's Interagency Refinery Task Force

oil refineries

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.

Agencies of the Governor's Interagency Refinery Task Force

Notable Cal/OSHA Citations Related to Refinery Safety:

Date Issued: 8/13/2015
Establishment: ExxonMobil Refining & Supply Company
Inspection Site: Torrance
Violations: General–1, Willful Serious–6, Serious–12  (Total of 19)
Proposed Penalties: $566,600
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.

Documents by Inspection #
1042440:

Citation documents

Appeal Documents by Docket #

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Date Issued: 1/30/2013
Establishment: Chevron USA
Inspection Site: Richmond
Violations: Willful Serious–11, Serious–12, General–2  (Total of 25)
Proposed Penalties: $963,200
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.

Documents by Inspection #
314331877:

Citation documents

314332370:

Citation documents

Appeal Documents by Docket #

Appeal documents for inspection #314331877

Appeal documents for inspection #314332370

13-R6D3-655 through 662:

Hearing notice

13-R6D3-663 through 678:

Hearing notice

Date Issued: 1/30/2013
Establishment: Brand Energy Services of California
Inspection Site: Richmond
Violations: General–3  (Total of 3)
Proposed Penalties: $2,060
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.

Documents by Inspection #
314332321:

Citation documents

Appeal Documents by Docket #

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July 2016