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News Brief
June 14, 2007
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Phone: (202) 693-1999

OSHA introduces new Safety and Health Topics Page module

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Safe Tank Alliance have joined together to develop a Storage Tanks module to the Oil and Gas Well Drilling, Servicing and Storage Safety and Health Topics page. The module addresses requirements and solutions for working in permit and non-permit required confined space in above ground storage tanks.

"It is imperative that employers and employees learn proper safety techniques for working in that type of environment due to the potential hazards that storage tank work entails," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "The module contains useful information relevant to the petrochemical industry. It provides examples of hazards and possible abatement methods associated with that industry."

The module was developed as a product of the Safe Tank Alliance between OSHA, the American Petroleum Institute, the National Fire Protection Association, and the Steel Tank Institute.

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