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BP Agrees to Safety Improvements at Texas City Refinery

Texas City RefineryBP LogoBP Products North America Inc. will undertake corrective actions at the company's Texas City refinery as part of a settlement reached with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Under the settlement, BP will:

•   Hire and assign a process safety expert to the refinery to review safety programs,
    offer recommendations and provide periodic reports on the refinery's progress
•   Hire and assign to the refinery an organizational expert to study the refinery's
    communication with respect to safety and its safety commitment and offer
    recommendations for improvement
•   Upgrade the health and safety training provided refinery workers

BP will submit plans for implementation of other corrective measures to OSHA in coming weeks.

The agreement resolves more than 300 separate alleged violations of OSHA safety regulations in the areas of process safety management, maintenance, training, procedures and facility siting put forward by the agency after its investigation of a March 23 explosion that claimed the lives of 15 Texas City workers. BP will pay OSHA a fine of $21.3 million. Under the agreement, BP does not admit the alleged violations or agree with the way OSHA has characterized them.

"We have worked with OSHA in a cooperative and comprehensive manner and we are very pleased to have achieved this agreement. We fully endorse the corrective actions required by the settlement," said Ross Pillari, president of BP Products North America. "We will apply the learnings from this and other investigations to make the Texas City Refinery a safer place."

BP has already begun to implement a number of safety enhancements and corrective actions at the refinery. BP has fully cooperated with OSHA's investigation of the incidents and will continue to work cooperatively with OSHA as it moves forward with its corrective actions.

BP published an interim incident investigation report May 17th identifying critical factors which caused the March explosion and increased its severity. A final incident investigation report identifying system and root causes will be published in coming weeks.

In a separate agreement, BP has also settled OSHA alleged violations stemming from a September, 2004 accident that claimed the lives of two workers and seriously injured a third worker at the refinery. The company will pay a $102,500 fine as part of this settlement.

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Posted 26/09/05

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