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2019 API/AFPM Fall Operating Practices Symposium and Roundtable

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When: November 20, 2019 - November 21, 2019

Where:Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia

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Preliminary Conference Program


API/AFPM Operating Practices Symposium

November 20, 2019

Be sure to participate in the upcoming API/AFPM Operating Practices Symposium (OPS), which is jointly sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM). This uniquely important event is an industry-wide forum held semi-annually (in the spring and fall) for the exchange of information on safe operating procedures and sharing of "best practices" within refineries and petrochemical plants.

The full-day program includes various technical presentations highlighting the lessons learned from facility incidents or near misses, discussions on accident avoidance in operating plants, and overviews of recurring themes in our industry.

A Networking Luncheon is planned for symposium participants, as well as OPS Reception immediately following the end of the OPS program on Wednesday. 

API and AFPM are joint hosts of the Operating Practices Symposium to spread industry lessons learned to a wide audience. Don’t miss this opportunity to obtain information, first-hand, that is essential to enhancing your site’s safety performance and your company’s overall success.

The Operating Practices Symposium activities are open to Refining and Petrochemical Operating Companies only.


API/AFPM Operating Practices Roundtable

November 21, 2019

The API Operating Practices Advisory Group (OPAG) also invites you to attend the Operating Practices (OPS) Roundtable, a forum for sharing practices and dialogue for symposium participants on specific topics. This roundtable will be held on Thursday, November 21, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

This roundtable session complements the existing OPS by enabling participants to address specific approaches and practices on pre-selected topics pertaining to safe operating practices. 

The OPAG is working with the API Process Safety Site Assessors, who have visited about 75 facilities while conducting over 115 assessments, to identify practices showing “what good looks like” for our industry. For this roundtable, these assessors identified two key topics shown below, based on the Site Assessment data, that indicate that there are industry opportunities to enhance effectiveness and performance:

  • Opening Process Equipment/1st Line Breaks
  • Managing High Risk Work 

The roundtable will begin with discussing “best in class” practices as observed by the assessors and then progress towards facilitated, open dialogues on these topics with attendees. Attendees will be encouraged to ask questions, share experiences, and contribute to the discussion on these topics. The OPAG envisions these roundtables on sharing operating practices will enhance safety and operational excellence in our industry.

Participation Criteria

Symposium and Roundtable attendees don’t have to be members of API or AFPM. However, the Symposium and Roundtable are open only torepresentatives of refining and petrochemical operating companies. Symposium participants are those responsible for gathering incident/near miss information and disseminating lessons-learned within their companies. API and AFPM will answer any questions about registrants not meeting the Participation Criteria. In such a case, the person registering will be contacted to confirm that the Participation Criteria are met. 

For more information, please contact Ron Chittim at chittim@api.org.


Also, check out our Fall Refining and Equipment Standards Meeting, November 18-21, 2019

Preliminary Conference Program


Participation Criteria

Symposium and Roundtable attendees don’t have to be members of API or AFPM. However, the Symposium and Roundtable are open only to representatives of refining and petrochemical operating companies. Symposium participants are those responsible for gathering incident/near miss information and disseminating lessons-learned within their companies. API and AFPM will answer any questions about registrants not meeting the Participation Criteria. In such a case, the person registering will be contacted to confirm that the Participation Criteria are met.

Questions? For more information about the program or participation, please contact Ron Chittim at chittim@api.org.

Who Should Attend

Those who benefit most include vice presidents, senior managers, and their representatives from refining/petrochemical companies. Others who will find great value by participating are managers responsible for plant operations and maintenance – as well as "best practice" team leaders and PSM/safety experts.

Future Meetings

Check the Calendar of Events for updated information on future meetings.

API/AFPM Operating Practices Symposium and API/AFPM Operating Practices Roundtable participants may use the same room block as the Fall Refining and Equipment Standards Meeting.

Hyatt Regency Atlanta
265 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
404-577-1234

Online Reservations

Room Rate: $209 single/double occupancy
Mention Group Code G-APIB (API Fall Refining Meeting), to receive the API group rate.

Reservations questions? If you need additional assistance, please call 800-233-1234 (central reservations). You may also call the hotel directly at 404-577-1234 and ask for in-house reservations.

Reservations Deadline: October 27, 2019 by 5:00 pm local time at the hotel or until room block is sold out. After this date and time, reservations will be accepted at the group room rate on a space available basis only, or at the hotel's best rate available.

Room Guarantee and Reservation Cancellation: A credit card guarantee is required to confirm and hold your reservation. Cancellations must be received by the hotel at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to arrival, and a cancellation number must be obtained, or your credit card will be charged for the first night’s room rate.


Avoid Housing Scams

Note: API has not contracted with any third party for hotel arrangements and will not call or email you directly to make housing arrangements on your behalf.

Should you receive a call or email from a third-party provider, please collect as much information as you can and let us know immediately. “Room Poachers” have been known to act as representatives of API, or authorized providers of API, to offer room discounts or alternative accommodations to our attendees – often to the attendee’s detriment. These companies are not affiliated with API, and reservations made through these companies for our meeting cannot be guaranteed.

How It Works

This deceptive practice (called “room poaching”) is carried out by third‐party companies that act as travel agencies, wholesalers, or even API to solicit registrants for room reservations. The poacher might inform registrants that the hotel room block is “sold out,” and that if you do not book with them immediately, you may not get a room. Room poachers make it more difficult for us to meet our room block commitments, and expose us to penalties and increased room rates for our events. Room poachers often don’t deliver on promises to customers. When customers arrive, reservations are non‐existent or the hotels are not conveniently located. Sometimes the rooms have been cancelled and hefty cancellation fees have been placed on the customer’s credit card.

Don’t Be Deceived

If you are contacted by anyone asking if you need a room for the API Conference, please get as much information as you can (their name, company name, phone number, etc.) and pass it along to registrar@api.org. Always make your room reservation directly with the information provided by API or a trusted source.

API will use all legal means possible to prevent these groups from operating.

Please contact registrar@api.org with any questions.