Process Safety Management (PSM) Advisory Committee

Photo by Scott Butner. DSC_3142-16 Tesoro March Point Refinery near Anacortes, Wash.
Tesoro March Point Refinery near Anacortes, Wash.
Creative Commons licensed photo by Scott Butner.


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.

The PSM Advisory Committee meetings are open to all interested labor and business representatives who wish to participate.

Rulemaking information

Second round stakeholder drafts

Second round topic ideas and comments

Second round public comment deadline December 31, 2018.
Please send comments to

Second round draft comments received December 31, 2018

Initial rule language presentation meeting

Stakeholder discussion meetings

Quick Tips for Webex (527 KB PDF).

First round rule drafts

First round stakeholder comments

PSM Advisory Committee members


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

More information and resources

Previous meeting reports

For additional information about meetings, contact:

Tari Enos ( 
Phone: 360-902-5541

Get updates via email

An email list has been set up for L&I to share information about this committee and the meetings. Select the "Process Safety Management" topic when you sign up to receive email updates.

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