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AGREEMENT RENEWING THE ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
AND
THE SAFE TANK ALLIANCE
(THE AMERICAN PETROLEUM INSTITUTE, THE NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION AND THE STEEL TANK INSTITUTE)

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Safe Tank Alliance hereby renew the Alliance agreement signed on March 29, 2004. The Safe Tank Alliance will continue to recognize the value of collaborative efforts to achieve workplace safety. Each group will encourage the petroleum and petrochemical liquid storage industries to increase employee access to safety and health information and training resources on workplace issues, including tank entry, cleaning, maintenance, and rescue operations and work within and around petroleum and petrochemical liquid storage tanks. In renewing this agreement, the Safe Tank Alliance recognizes that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and the Safe Tank Alliance will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
  • 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 (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's, API's, NFPA's and STI's Web sites) to employees and employers in the industry.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA or industry conferences such as the API/NFPA Safety Tank Entry Workshop.

  • 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 (or any other applicable forum).

  • 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.
OSHA's Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health. These Alliances have proved to be valuable tools for both OSHA and its Alliance participants. By entering into an Alliance with a party, OSHA is not endorsing any of that party's products or services; nor does the Agency enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular party's products or services.

An implementation team made up of representatives of each of the organizations will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least quarterly to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. Team members will include representatives of OSHA's Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA Consultation Projects' participation on the team.

This agreement will remain in effect for two years. Any signatory may terminate the agreement or their participation in the agreement for any reason at any time, provided they give 30 days written notice to the other participants. This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of all signatories.

 



 
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.
Assistant Secretary
Occupational Safety and Health Administration



 
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Red Cavaney
President and CEO
American Petroleum Institute



 
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James M. Shannon
President and CEO
National Fire Protection Association
 



 
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Wayne Geyer
Executive Vice President
The Steel Tank Institute



 
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