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Cal/OSHA Settlement Agreement Excludes Valves and Flanges from Labor Code Section 6845(a)

Prepared for the Katten Safety Advisory Group
Advisory | June 5, 2017

In a recent order, the California Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board ("Appeals Board"), has significantly narrowed California's prior interpretation of API 570's provisions regarding replacement of certain valves.  See Decision After Reconsideration, In the Matter of the Appeal of Chevron U.S.A. Inc.  The dispute arises from January 2013 citations issued to a Richmond, California refinery by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health ("Division").  The employer appealed the citations, arguing in part that the Division's interpretations of API 570 were incorrect.

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