Refinery and marine oil-handling terminal owners and operators can expect our inspectors to reach out to them each year to arrange a site inspection, which typically takes two to three hours to conduct. We employ a team of licensed, professional engineers who have experience working in and with the oil industry to carry out our Class 1 facility inspections.
We inspect each facility and their oil-handing operations for compliance with their approved plans and our rule, particularly the Class 1 facility design standards called out in the rule. The frequency of our Class 1 inspections varies, but owners and operators can generally expect one formal site inspection per year.
These inspections usually involve:
- On-site review of the facility’s inspection and maintenance records for storage tanks and transfer pipelines.
- Visual examination of dock operations and equipment, transfer pipeline systems, above-ground storage tanks, and secondary containment measures.
- On-site discussions between inspectors and facility staff at the time of the inspection.
- Follow-up written correspondence to document findings and recommendations.