Catastrophic events at oil refineries across the U.S. have tragically claimed the lives of many workers — including 13 in Washington State since 1998. Six workers died from a Process Safety Management (PSM) related incident in 1998 at a petroleum refinery in Anacortes. In 2010, 7 more workers died when a heat exchanger used in the refining process at a petroleum refinery in Anacortes exploded and the fire engulfed the workers. These incidents have led to much discussion about what could have been done to prevent these tragedies.


The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) is establishing a PSM Advisory Committee.

The purpose this committee is to discuss ways to improve workplace safety and health at refineries, stakeholders have a shared goal of providing a safe and healthy work environment for employees to ensure Washington is a leader in refinery worker safety practices. The efforts of the advisory committee will promote safer and more productive refineries in Washington.

Rulemaking information


Previous meetings

  • Dec 3, 2018
  • Nov 13, 2018
  • Oct 24, 2018
  • Oct 10, 2018
  • Sept. 6, 2017
  • May 24, 2017
  • April 19, 2017
  • January 5, 2017
  • Nov. 7, 2016
  • Oct. 10, 2016
  • June 20, 2016
  • April 12, 2016.
  • Jan. 6, 2016.
  • Sept. 21, 2015.


  • International Union of Operating Engineers, Josh Swanson
  • Washington Building & Trades, Neil Hartman
  • USW 591 retired, Steve Garey
  • USW 591, Noreen Schmidt
  • USW 591, Ken Wilson
  • Alternate Nominee, USW 591 President, Judd Hippi
  • Alternate Nominee, USW 591, Butch Cleve


  • Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), Jessica Spiegel
  • BP Cherry Point, Mark Moore
  • BP Cherry Point, Bill Kidd
  • Tesoro Anacortes, Mike Johnson
  • Tesoro Anacortes, Matt Marusich
  • Phillips 66, Dan Toperosky
  • Shell Puget Sound, Sara Hough
  • Shell Puget Sound, Ada Cuadrado
  • US Oil & Refining Co, Brady Winder
  • Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), Greg McClintock
Drafts & Comments

Draft Proposed Language and Economic Analysis Survey

Second round stakeholder drafts

Second round topic ideas and comments

Second round draft comments received December 31, 2018

First round rule drafts

First round stakeholder comments

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