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Stakeholders Trade Blame During Consensus Standards Development

The United Steelworkers have pulled out of talks with the oil industry on the development of two new ANSI standards.

In the aftermath of the deadly 2005 Texas City BP refinery explosion, the Chemical Safety Board recommended both USW and the American Petroleum Institute work with ANSI to develop standards on process safety performance indicators and fatigue.

Pittsburgh-based USW withdrew from the talks this week, citing a process “too severely weighted toward the oil companies.” Conversely, API blamed USW for “attempting to undermine” the development process by silencing other stakeholders.

In a statement, Washington-based API said work would continue on the standards, which are expected to be issued later this year.