May 18, 2022 to May 19, 2022

2022 API/AFPM Spring Operating Practices Symposium & Roundtable

Hyatt Regency Chicago, Chicago, Illinois


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2022 API/AFPM Spring Operating Practices Symposium (OPS)
Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Be sure to participate in the upcoming 2022 API/AFPM Spring 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.

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

API/AFPM Operating Practices Roundtable
Thursday, May 19, 2022

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, May 19, 2022. 

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

Also, check out our Spring Refining and Equipment Standards Meeting, Monday, May 16 – Friday, May 20, 2022


  • API/AFPM Operating Practices Symposium: Andrew Broadbent, Downstream Manager, 202-682-8519
  • Registration: Brittany Ellis, 202-682-8195, [email protected]
  • Logistics: Lindsay Morrison, 202-682-8194, [email protected]
  • AFPM Membership: 202-457-0480 or

Program Details

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2022 API/AFPM Spring Operating Practices Symposium (OPS)

Presentations will be from over 10 different companies. These presentations address events/learnings in the areas of Operational, Reliability and Other. Examples are:


  • Gasoline Tank Overflow
  • Reformer Furnace Lighting Event
  • Sulfur Plant Temperature Excursion
  • Coker Valve Alignment Practices


  • Poly Reactor Accelerated Corrosion
  • Crude Tank Mixer Failure
  • Acid Leak During Start-up


  • Cyber Attack During Simulator Factory Acceptance Test
  • Hydrofluoric Acid Alkylation Outreach and Education
  • Walk The Line

Operating Practices (OPS) Roundtable

The topics for this Roundtable will be:

  • Electronic Procedures
    • Electronic procedures utilize a web-based platform where procedures can be created, reviewed, approved, used, executed and maintained.  Following a brief introduction to the requirements of and evolution of procedures, discussions will center around the administrative and executional advantages of this platform including the use of mobile devices.
  • Electronic Permits
    • Discussion will focus on types of electronic permitting systems, and corresponding logic controls to avoid inaccurate permits.  Electronic Isolation Lists and integration with permits will be included in the dialogue.  All participants should bring lessons learned from implementation and thoughts on future improvements.


Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

Online Reservations

Room Rate: $275 single or double occupancy
Mention the 2022 Spring Refining and Equipment Standards Meeting or API Meeting to receive the API group rate.

Reservations questions? If you need personal assistance, please call 1-888-421-1442 for in-house reservations if you have difficulty making online reservations or have specific questions.

Reservation Deadline: Friday, April 22, 2022, by 5:00 pm, CT.
After this date and time, reservations will be accepted on a space and room type availability basis and at the hotel’s best rate available.

Room Guarantee and Reservation Cancellation: A credit card guarantee is required to confirm and hold each 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 the card will be charged for the first night’s room rate. Hotel is responsible for informing guests of this requirement. API assumes no responsibility.

Hyatt Hotels is committed to the safety and wellbeing of its guests. Review Hyatt Hotels Global Care and Cleanliness Commitment for details.

Monitor the website for the Hyatt Regency Chicago or contact them directly for ongoing and updated details.

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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 [email protected]. 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 [email protected] with any questions.

Registration Fees and Details

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Early Registration RSVP by Date:  Friday, April 15, 2022

Refund cut-off date: Friday, April 29, 2022

Cancellations, Refunds, and Substitutions:
Cancellations and requests for refunds must be made in writing and sent to [email protected] by Friday, April 29, 2022. A 20% administration fee will apply if notice of cancellation is received in writing and sent to [email protected] by Friday, April 29, 2022. No refunds given after Friday, April 29, 2022.  Substitutions may be made at any time by written request to [email protected].

Registration fees:

  By Friday, April 15 After Friday, April 15
API/AFPM Members $250 $350
API/AFPM Non-Member $325 $425
Symposium Speakers $100 $100
One-Day Participants $100 $150

OPS Participation Criteria:
Symposium attendees do not have to be members of API or AFPM. However, the Symposium is 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. By participating in the Operating Practices Symposium, you agree to fully comply with API’s policies and procedures governing antitrust concerns, that you will not make audio recordings, video recordings, or take photos or screen shots of API meetings and content without the express written consent of all persons who will be presenting their content and that you must act professionally and comply with your company’s code of conduct at all times.

API will answer any questions about registrants not meeting the Participation Criteria.  In such a case, the person registering will be contacted if the Participation Criteria has not been met.  For more information, please contact Andrew Broadbent at [email protected].

For AFPM membership status for your company, please visit and click on Membership from the homepage.

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.