Region 10 News Release: 08-1436-SEA (08-131)
Oct. 16, 2008
Contact: Jeannine Lupton
U.S. Labor Department's OSHA and Alaska-based oil and gas companies sign safety and health alliance
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Establishing an agreement to promote safer work practices, improve health performance and address the benefits of employees who incorporate safety and health on the job are the goals of a new alliance among the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Union Oil Co. of California, Peak Oilfield Service Co., Nabors Alaska Drilling Inc., CUDD Pressure Control Inc., McKinley Service and Equipment Inc., and ESS Support Services.
"This alliance was formed because OSHA and the oil and gas industry recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces," said Scott Ketcham, OSHA's area director in Anchorage. "By disseminating information, accessing training resources and providing guidance, this alliance will improve the safety and health performance of employees."
The alliance agreement consists of three main components: training and education goals where information is disseminated in order to stay current with developments and changes in the field; outreach and communication goals including speaking, exhibiting or appearing at OSHA's and alliance members' conferences, local meetings and other events; and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health by publicizing the results of case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health.
The implementation team will be made up of representatives from OSHA and the five oil and gas groups and one support service company named above. The team will conduct quarterly visits to the participating facilities and the Anna and King Salmon Platforms in the Cook Inlet.
OSHA safety and health alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of employees through cooperative partnerships with trade associations, labor organizations, employers and government agencies. OSHA currently has more than 500 alliances throughout the nation with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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