Statement from Chairperson Vanessa Allen Sutherland on the California Department of Industrial Relations Approval of New Refinery Safety Rules

May 18, 2017




The U.S. Chemical Safety Board - or CSB - commends the California Department of Industrial Relations’ Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board for their work to improve the health and safety of refinery workers. Today’s approval of new refinery safety rules is a large step forward in promoting the safety of refineries across the state of California.


These new rules are ones that my agency, the CSB, strongly recommended in our 2013 investigation report of the August 2012 Chevron Richmond refinery pipe rupture, vapor release, explosion and fire. Simply put, today's actions in California is an example of the CSB driving chemical safety change.  


The CSB looks forward to thoroughly reviewing the new rules and seeing the new standard implemented at all of California’s refineries.








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