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(signed March 29, 2004; renewed October 2, 2006; renewed May 29, 2008; concluded December 31, 2010)
Dr. David Michaels (front row, fourth from the left), Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA, with the Alliance Program Construction Roundtable meeting attendees including Dan Dvorak, President-Elect, IWCA, at the Department of Labor on July 29, 2010.
- National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
- Steel Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators Association (STI/SPFA)
Through the Alliance, OSHA and the organizations will encourage the petroleum
and petrochemical liquid storage industries to increase employee access to safety and health
information and training resources on workplace issues. In particular, the Alliance will address
training on workplace issues including tank entry, cleaning, maintenance and rescue operations and
work within and around petroleum and petrochemical liquid storage tanks. The Alliance's goals
Outreach and communication:
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention
of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such
information to employees and employers in the industry.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA or industry conferences such as the API/NFPA Safety Tank
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry and safety and health professionals
regarding API’s, NFPA's, and STI's best practices or effective approaches and publicize results
through outreach by API, NFPA, and STI and through OSHA- or API, NFPA and STI – developed
materials, training programs, workshops, seminars and lectures.
- Promote and encourage the petroleum and petrochemical industry’s participation in OSHA
cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and
Consultation and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
- Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects that are addressed and
developed through the Alliance Program.
Alliance Annual Reports
Alliance News Releases
Activities and Events
May 2-8, 2010, 2010 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week.
The Safe Tank and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported
2010 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers
(ASSE) and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), the Week focused
on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. The
theme for 2010 NAOSH Week was "Mission NAOSH 2010: Safe Workplaces."
- May 3, 2010: Marnie Suss, Government Affairs Representative, National Fire Protection Association, and Karen Haase, Policy Advisor,
American Petroleum Institute, attended the NAOSH Week Kick-off event at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, DC. Deputy Assistant
Secretary Jordan Barab, USDOL-OSHA; Christopher Patton, President, ASSE; and Andrew Cooper, Secretary, CSSE; provided brief remarks. The
Kick-off also featured recognition of and a conversation with ASSE Kids' "Safety on the Job" poster winners and runner-ups.
- March 3, 2010: 12th Annual International Conference on Aboveground Storage
Tanks, Orlando, Florida.
- Matt Humphreville, Safety Specialist, Region IV, Tampa Florida Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation on "Selected OSHA Standards Applied to ASTs - A
Review" to 80 attendees at the 2010 Annual International Conference on
Aboveground Storage Tanks. The audience was comprised of industry professionals
associated with the storage of petroleum in large and small aboveground storage
tanks, including owners, operators, regulators, consultants, and equipment
May 3-9, 2009:
2009 North American Occupational Safety and Health Week. API, National Fire
Protection Association, Steel Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators
Association and more than 55 other Alliance Program participants supported 2009
NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers, an
Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering,
the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the
workplace. The theme for 2009 NAOSH Week was "Safety Means Always Coming Home."
- November 20, 2008: Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association
"Combustible Dust 2" Webinar.
- Guy R. Colonna, P.E., Assistant Vice President, Fire Protection
Applications and Chemical Engineering, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA),
gave a presentation on NFPA standards that deal with dust collection methods,
explosion issues and controlling dust build-up; and Dr. Vahid Ebadat, Chilworth
Laboratories, gave a presentation on combustible dust assessment, conditions in
which dust explosions can occur and ventilation methods to prevent dust
build-up during the Webinar.
- October 6-9, 2008: API/NFPA Safe Tank Entry Workshop and Storage Tank
Conference, Fort Worth, Texas.
- October 8, 2008: Guy Colonna, Assistant Vice President, Fire Protection
Applications and Chemical Engineering, NFPA; Bill Erny, Senior Policy Adviser,
Safety and Security Issues, API; and Wayne Geyer, Executive Vice President, STI/SPFA;
presented an Alliance update to 180 conference attendees.
- October 8-9, 2008: Representatives from OSHA staffed an Alliance exhibition
booth during the conference.
- October 6-7, 2008: Two representatives from OSHA attended the Safe Tank Entry Workshop.
- September 22-26, 2008: STI/SPFA Aboveground Tank Inspector Training Course, Owings Mill, Maryland. A representative from Maryland OSHA attended the Aboveground Tank Inspector Training Course.
- May 4-10, 2008: 2008 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The Safe Tank
Alliance and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2008 NAOSH Week, "Safety is
Good Business." Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers and the Canadian
Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and
illnesses in the workplace.
Products and Resources
Alliance Program Participant Developed Products
- Safe Tank Entry: When Entering Aboveground Storage Tanks. Through the OSHA and Safe Tank and Independent Lubricant
Manufacturers Association (ILMA) Alliances, the participants developed a
brochure providing information on how to prevent confined space entry-related
injuries when working in aboveground storage tanks. (2008, July)
- Fall Prevention for Aboveground Storage Tanks Fact Sheet. Through the OSHA and Safe Tank Alliance, the Safe Tank participants
developed a fact sheet that describes general safety tips to help prevent
fall-related injuries to those working in and around aboveground storage tanks.
OSHA Safety and Health Topics Pages
OSHA Safety and Health Information Bulletins
Publications and Newsletters
- Tank Talk newsletter, September 2008. This edition of STI/SPFA's monthly
newsletter includes an article, "Safe Tank Alliance Renews Agreement with
OSHA," that discusses the renewal of the Safe Tank and OSHA Alliance agreement.
- Aboveground Storage Tank Guide, July 2007. This edition of Thompson's AST
Guide includes an article "Safety Best Practices Presented at Safe Tank
Alliance Conference" written by Wayne Geyer, Executive Vice President, STI/SPFA.
The article describes topics addressed during the April 17-18, 2007, Safe Tank
Alliance-sponsored Safe Tank Entry Best Practices Seminar that was held in
- Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA) Regulatory Update, July
9, 2007. PMAA's Email edition of the regulatory update includes an article,
"Aboveground Storage Tanks" that describes OSHA's Storage Tank Module for the
Oil and Gas Well Drilling, Servicing and Storage Safety and Health Topics Page.
- NFPA Journal, July/August 2004. This edition of NFPA's bi-monthly
publication includes an article, "NFPA Strengthens its Maritime Partnerships,"
that discusses the activities of the OSHA and API/NFPA Alliance.
** Alliance Implementation Team members serve on the editorial board.
+ Alliance Implementation Team members participated in the development of this resource.