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API RP 754 : 2021
Process Safety Performance Indicators for the Refining and Petrochemical Industries

Process Safety Performance Indicators for the Refining and Petrochemical Industries

Document No. API RP 754 Document Year 2021
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This document is published by American Petroleum Institute (API)

Standard Details

This recommended practice identifies leading and lagging process safetyindicators useful for driving performance improvement. As a framework formeasuring activity, status, or performance, this document classifies processsafety indicators into four tiers of leading and lagging indicators. Tiers 1 and 2are suitable for nationwide public reporting and Tiers 3 and 4 are intended forinternal use at individual facilities. Guidance on methods for development anduse of performance indicators is also provided.

This RP was developed for the refining and petrochemical industries, butmay also be applicable to other industries with operating systems andprocesses where loss of containment has the potential to cause harm.Applicability is not limited to those facilities covered by the OSHA ProcessSafety Management Standard, 29 CFR 1910.119, or similar national andinternational regulations.

To enable consistent application of this RP to other refining andpetrochemical industry sub-segments, informative annexes have beencreated to define the “applicability and process” definition for those subsegments.The user would substitute the content of those annexes for thereferenced sections of this RP: Annex A (Petroleum Pipeline and TerminalOperation), Annex B (Retail Service Stations), and Annex C (Oil and GasDrilling and Production Operations).

Performance indicators identified in this recommended practice are basedon the following guiding principles.

- Indicators should drive process safety performance improvement andlearning.

- Indicators should be relatively easy to implement and easilyunderstood by all stakeholders (e.g., workers and the public).

- Indicators should be statistically valid at one or more of the followinglevels: industry, company, and facility. Statistical validity requires aconsistent definition, a minimum data set size, a normalization factor,and a relatively consistent reporting pool.

- Indicators should be appropriate for industry-, company-, or facilitylevelbenchmarking.

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