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Farley & Partners to Host California PSM Seminars

January 26, 2023

Partner Devon Downs is again hosting two California Process Safety Management (PSM) Seminars. Jovic Tirona, P.E. (California's Acting-Statewide Program Manager, Cal/OSHA PSM Unit) will participate in both sessions. Tirona will discuss recent Cal/OSHA enforcement, industry recognized and generally accepted good engineering practices (RAGAGEP) and other developments under California's refinery PSM standard (5189.1). In addition to the discussion led by Tirona, firm attorneys will make presentations on pressure relief device RAGAGEP, incident response, developments at the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB), and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Risk Management Program (RMP) enforcement.

Meeting participants include attorneys, safety managers, and operational and technical subject matter experts. The first session will occur on April 25 in Torrance. The second session will be on April 26 in Concord.

Downs is a Chambers-ranked attorney who works with energy companies and chemical manufacturers on a wide range of process safety and workplace safety matters. She has played lead roles in the responses to major industrial incidents and often is her client’s point of contact with agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the CSB, and the EPA. She also is well versed in state plan enforcement having advised clients in connection with over 50 refinery inspections in California. The 2023 PSM seminars represent the seventh year that Downs has coordinated the meetings.

According to Downs, the goal of the sessions is to bring together California regulators and representatives of California refiners and other companies in the process industries to discuss PSM and other workplace safety issues. "In our experience," said Downs, "it is essential to provide opportunities for the individuals charged with implementing safety regulations to hear directly from the regulators. We have hosted these seminars for many years and we are grateful that Mr. Tirona has agreed to come to both sessions and share his perspective."

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