§ 2735.3. Definitions.
19 CA ADC § 2735.3Barclays Official California Code of Regulations
19 CCR § 2735.3
§ 2735.3. Definitions.
For the purposes of this chapter only:
(f) “Article” means a manufactured item, as defined under Section 5189 of Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR), that is formed to a specific shape or design during manufacture, that has end use functions dependent in whole or in part upon the shape or design during end use, and that does not release or otherwise result in exposure to a regulated substance under normal conditions of processing and use.
(n) “Classified information,” as defined in the Classified Information Procedures Act, Appendix 3 of Section 1(a) of Title 18 of the United States Code, means “any information or material that has been determined by the United States Government pursuant to an executive order, statute, or regulation, to require protection against unauthorized disclosure for reasons of national security.”
(t) “Employee representative” means a union representative, where a union exists, or an employee designated representative in the absence of a union that is on-site and qualified for the task. The term is to be construed broadly, and may include the local union, the international union, or an individual designated by these parties, such as the safety and health committee representative at the site.
(u) “Environmental receptor” means natural areas such as national or state parks, forests, or monuments; officially designated wildlife sanctuaries, preserves, refuges, or areas; and Federal wilderness areas, that could be exposed at any time to toxic concentrations, radiant heat, or overpressure greater than or equal to the endpoints provided in Section 2750.2(a), as a result of an accidental release and that can be identified on local United States Geological Survey maps.
(x) “Hierarchy of Hazard Control” means prevention and control measures, in priority order, to eliminate or minimize a hazard. Hazard prevention and control measures ranked from most effective to least effective are: First Order Inherent Safety, Second Order Inherent Safety, and passive, active and procedural protection layers.
(y) “Highly hazardous material” means a flammable liquid, flammable gas, toxic or reactive substance as those terms are defined: (1) flammable gas, as defined in California Code of Regulation (CCR) Title 8, § 5194, Appendix B, (2) flammable liquid, as defined in CCR Title 8, § 5194, Appendix B, (3) toxic substances as acute toxicity is defined in CCR Title 8, § 5194, Appendix A, and (4) reactive substance as self-reactive chemical, as defined in CCR Title 8, § 5194, Appendix B. Highly hazardous material includes all regulated substances listed in Tables 1, 2, and 3 of this Chapter.
(aa) “Human factor” means a discipline concerned with designing machines, operations, and work environments so that they match human capabilities, limitations, and needs. Human factors include environmental, organizational, and job factors, and human and individual characteristics, such as fatigue, that can affect job performance, process safety, and health and safety.
(bb) “Independent Protection Layer (IPL)” means a safeguard that reduces the likelihood or consequences of a major incident through the application of devices, systems, or actions and is (1) independent of an initiating cause and (2) independent of other IPLs. Independence ensures that an initiating event does not affect the function of an IPL and that failure in any one layer does not affect the function of any other layer.
(cc) “Inherent safety” means an approach to safety that focuses on eliminating or reducing the hazards associated with a set of conditions. A process is inherently safer if it reduces or eliminates the hazards associated with materials or operations used in the process, and this reduction or elimination is permanent and inseparable from the material or operation. A process with reduced hazards is described as inherently safer compared to a process with only passive, active, and procedural safeguards. The process of identifying and implementing inherent safety in a specific context is known as inherently safer design.
(1) “First Order Inherent Safety measure” is a measure that eliminates a hazard. Changes in the chemistry of a process that eliminate the hazard(s) of the chemicals used or produced are usually considered First Order Inherent Safety measures; for example, by substituting a flammable chemical with an alternative chemical that can serve the same function but with lower vapor pressure and narrower flammable range.
(2) “Second Order Inherent Safety measure” is a measure that reduces the severity of a hazard or the likelihood of a release without the use of add-on safety devices. Changes in process variables to minimize, moderate and simplify a process are usually considered Second Order Inherent Safety measures; for example, redesigning a high-pressure, high-volume, and high-temperature system to operate at lower temperatures, volumes, and pressures.
(ee) “Injury” means any effect on a human that results either from direct exposure to toxic concentrations; radiant heat; or overpressures from accidental releases or from the direct consequences of a vapor cloud explosion (such as flying glass, debris, and other projectiles) from an accidental release and that requires medical treatment or hospitalization.
(gg) “Isolate” means to cause equipment to be removed from service and completely protected against the inadvertent release or introduction of material or energy by such means as blanking or blinding; misaligning or removing sections of lines, pipes, or ducts; implementing a double block and bleed system; or blocking or disconnecting all mechanical linkages.
(hh) “Major change” means: (1) introduction of a new process, or (2) new process equipment, or new regulated substance that results in any operational change outside of established safe operating limits; or (3) any alteration in a process, process equipment, or process chemistry that introduces a new hazard or increases an existing hazard.
(ii) “Major incident” means an event within or affecting a process that causes a fire, explosion or release of a highly hazardous material, and has the potential to result in death or serious physical harm (as defined in Labor Code Section 6432(e)), or results in an officially declared public shelter-in-place, or evacuation order.
(ll) “Mitigation or mitigation system” means specific activities, technologies, or equipment designed or deployed to capture or control substances upon loss of containment to minimize exposure of the public or the environment. Passive mitigation means equipment, devices, or technologies that function without human, mechanical, or other energy input. Active mitigation means equipment, devices, or technologies that need human, mechanical, or other energy input to function.
(pp) “Natural gas processing plant” (gas plant) means any processing site engaged in the extraction of natural gas liquids from field gas, fractionation of mixed natural gas liquids to natural gas products, or both, classified as North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code 211112 (previously Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code 1321).
(xx) “Process” means any activity involving a regulated substance including any use, storage, manufacturing, handling, or on-site movement of such substances, or combination of these activities. For the purposes of this definition, any group of vessels that are interconnected, or separate vessels that are located such that a regulated substance could be involved in a potential release, shall be considered a single process. This definition shall not apply to Article 6.5.
(yy) “Process” for purposes of Article 6.5, means petroleum refining activities involving a highly hazardous material, including use, storage, manufacturing, handling, piping, or on-site movement. For the purposes of this definition, any group of vessels that are interconnected, or separate vessels that are located such that an incident in one vessel could affect any other vessel, shall be considered a single process. Utilities and safety related devices shall be considered part of the process if, in the event of an unmitigated failure or malfunction, they could potentially contribute to a major incident. This definition includes processes under partial or unplanned shutdowns. Ancillary administrative and support functions, including office buildings, laboratories, warehouses, maintenance shops, and change rooms are not considered processes under this definition.
(fff) “Public receptor” means offsite residences, institutions (e.g., schools, hospitals), industrial, commercial, and office buildings, parks, or recreational areas inhabited or occupied by the public at any time without restriction by the stationary source where members of the public could be exposed to toxic concentrations, radiant heat, or overpressure, as a result of an accidental release.
(hhh) “Qualified person” means a person who is qualified to attest, at a minimum to: (1) the validity and appropriateness of the process hazard analyses (PHA) performed pursuant to Section 2760.2; (2) the completeness of a risk management plan; and (3) the relationship between the corrective steps taken by the owner or operator following the PHAs and those hazards which were identified in the analyses.
(iii) “Qualified position” means a person occupying a position who is qualified to attest, at a minimum to: (1) the validity and appropriateness of the PHA performed pursuant to Section 2760.2; (2) the completeness of a risk management plan; and (3) the relationship between the corrective steps taken by the owner or operator following the PHAs and those hazards which were identified in the analyses.
(jjj) “Recognized and Generally Accepted Good Engineering Practices (RAGAGEP)” for purposes of Article 6.5 means engineering, operation, or maintenance activities based on codes, standards, technical reports or recommended practices published by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), American Petroleum Institute (API), American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Instrument Society of America (ISA), or other standard-setting organizations. RAGAGEP does not include standards or guidelines developed for internal use by the owner or operator.
(nnn) “Revalidation” means a critical review of a hazard review or a process hazard analysis (PHA) with qualified team members of the most recent hazard review or PHA studies to verify that past studies remain valid and that changes made to the covered process are properly assessed. This critical review is to ensure that hazards are well understood, and existing safeguards are properly identified, past recommendations have been addressed, the overall risk ranking of each scenario is accurate, and relevant incidents and near misses at the stationary source and industry are evaluated. For situations when past studies cannot be readily revalidated, a new complete hazard review or PHA may be warranted.
(3) “Procedural Safeguards” means using policies, operating procedures, training, emergency response and other administrative approaches to prevent incidents or to minimize the effects of an incident. Examples include hot work procedures and permits and emergency response procedures implemented by employees.
(rrr) “Stationary source” means any buildings, structures, equipment, installations, or substance emitting stationary activities which belong to the same industrial group, which are located on one or more contiguous properties, which are under the control of the same person (or persons under common control), and from which an accidental release may occur. The term stationary source does not apply to transportation, including storage incident to transportation, of any regulated substance or any other extremely hazardous substance under the provisions of this chapter. A stationary source includes transportation containers used for storage not incident to transportation and transportation containers connected to equipment at a stationary source for loading or unloading. Transportation includes, but is not limited to, transportation subject to oversight or regulations under Part 192, 193, or 195 of Title 49 of CFR, or a state natural gas or hazardous liquid program for which the state has in effect a certification to DOT under Section 60105 of Title 49 of USC. A stationary source does not include naturally occurring hydrocarbon reservoirs. Properties shall not be considered contiguous solely because of a railroad or pipeline right-of-way.
(uuu) “Trade secret” means trade secrets as defined in Section 6254.7 of Subdivision (d) of the Government Code and Section 1060 of the Evidence Code and includes information submitted to a Unified Program Agency which has been designated by the stationary source as trade secret and which shall not be released by the UPA except to authorized officers and employees of other governmental agencies, and only in connection with the official duties of that officer or employee pursuant to any law for the protection of health and safety. Trade secret information is to be handled pursuant to Section 25538 of HSC.
(www) “Turnaround” for purposes of Article 6.5 means planned total or partial shutdown of a petroleum refinery process unit or plant to perform maintenance, overhaul or repair of a process and process equipment, and to inspect, test and replace process materials and equipment. Turnaround does not include unplanned shutdowns that occur due to emergencies or other unexpected maintenance matters in a process unit or plant. Turnaround also does not include routine maintenance, where routine maintenance consists of regular, periodic maintenance on one or more pieces of equipment at a refinery process unit or plant that may require shutdown of such equipment.
(zzz) “Utility” for purposes of Article 6.5, means a system that provides energy or other process-related services to enable the safe operation of a petroleum refinery process. This definition includes electrical power, fire water systems, steam, instrument power, instrument air, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide.
Note: Authority cited: Section 8585, Government Code; and Sections 25531 and 25534.05, Health and Safety Code. Reference: Section 8585, Government Code; and Sections 25501 and 25532, Health and Safety Code; and Section 68.3, Part 68, Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations.
1. New section filed 7-10-97 as an emergency; operative 7-10-97 (Register 97, No. 28). A Certificate of Compliance must be transmitted to OAL by 11-7-97 or emergency language will be repealed by operation of law on the following day.
2. New section refiled 10-31-97 as an emergency; operative 11-7-97 (Register 97, No. 44). A Certificate of Compliance must be transmitted to OAL by 3-9-98 or emergency language will be repealed by operation of law on the following day.
3. Editorial correction of subsection (bb) (Register 98, No. 11).
4. New section refiled 3-9-98 as an emergency; operative 3-9-98 (Register 98, No. 11). A Certificate of Compliance must be transmitted to OAL by 7-7-98 or emergency language will be repealed by operation of law on the following day.
5. New section refiled 7-7-98 as an emergency; operative 7-7-98 (Register 98, No. 28). A Certificate of Compliance must be transmitted to OAL by 11-4-98 or emergency language will be repealed by operation of law on the following day.
6. Certificate of Compliance as to 7-7-98 order, including repealer and new section, transmitted to OAL 10-7-98 and filed 11-16-98 (Register 98, No. 47).
7. New subsection (rr) and subsection relettering filed 10-10-2002; operative 10-10-2002. Submitted to OAL for printing only pursuant to Health and Safety Code section 25533 (Register 2002, No. 41).
8. New subsection (aa), repealer of subsection (tt) and subsection relettering filed 6-28-2004; operative 6-28-2004. Submitted to OAL for printing only (Register 2004, No. 27).
9. Change without regulatory effect amending subsections (a) and (i), adopting subsection (j), repealing subsections (dd), relettering subsections and amending Note filed 5-12-2010 pursuant to section 100, title 1, California Code of Regulations (Register 2010, No. 20).
10. Amendment of subsections (a) and (i), new subsections (j), (ff), (vv) and (aaa) and subsection relettering filed 10-8-2014; operative 1-1-2015 (Register 2014, No. 41).
11. Amendment filed 8-3-2017; operative 10-1-2017 (Register 2017, No. 31).
This database is current through 5/26/23 Register 2023, No. 21.
Cal. Admin. Code tit. 19, § 2735.3, 19 CA ADC § 2735.3
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