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Mechanical Integrity Lessons Learned from API Process Safety Site Assessments: Driving Operational Excellence

Recorded On: 03/08/2018

The API Process Safety Site Assessment Program was developed in 2011 as part of the AFPM and API Advancing Process Safety Programs.  PSSAP began conducting assessments in 2012. By the end of 2017, the API Site Assessment program will have conducted 59 General (7 protocols) and 34 HF Alkylation/RP 751 assessments. These assessments have been conducted 63 different refineries and petrochemical facilities. The areas assessed are: Process Safety Leadership, Management of Change, Mechanical Integrity, Safe Work Practices, Operating Practices, Facility Siting, Process Hazards Analysis, and HF Alkylation/RP 751. Mechanical integrity typically scores 10 percentage points lower than the other areas. This presentation will provide an overview of the program and present some of the mechanical integrity learnings, trends and benchmarking data developed from the assessments based on the five-year history of the program.

Chad Patschke


Mr. Patschke has more than 20 years of experience in maintenance; mechanical integrity (MI); process safety management (PSM); and various engineering assignments involving operations, maintenance, process safety, and project management. He has held the positions of plant manager, operations manager, production superintendent, engineering manager, and materials engineer.

He has both domestic and international experience in a variety of industries that have processes involving highly hazardous chemicals, including refining, oil and gas production (both onshore and offshore), petrochemical, LNG, specialty chemical, pharmaceutical, fertilizer, consumer products, ammonia refrigeration, and hazardous waste treatment operations. He has taught numerous training courses on mechanical integrity and understanding RAGAGEPs, and has written numerous articles on related topics.

Currently Mr. Patschke assists clients with all aspects of MI as well as PSM program development, implementation, and auditing to satisfy U.S. OSHA’s PSM regulation, U.S. EPA’s RMP rule, U.S. BSEE’s SEMS rule, internal company standards, and good industry practices. He also leads and participates on teams investigating MI-related incidents and provides expert witness services to clients.

Mr. Patschke is an active member of the API Committee on Refinery Equipment and the Subcommittee on Inspection. He is a Certified Process Safety Auditor (CPSA) and was selected to participate on the joint API/AFPM Process Safety Site Assessment team for conducting site assessments and API RP 751, Safe Operation of HF alkylation unit audits at multiple refineries throughout the U.S. Mr. Patschke previously held inspector certifications for API 510 Pressure Vessels, API 653 Atmospheric Storage Tanks, and API 570 Process Piping, and he has developed and managed MI programs for a variety of companies.

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03/08/2018 at 1:00 PM (EST)   |  60 minutes
03/08/2018 at 1:00 PM (EST)   |  60 minutes
0.10 CEU/1 PDH credits  |  Certificate available
0.10 CEU/1 PDH credits  |  Certificate available