May 24, 2007
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Phone: (202) 693-1999
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor¿s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has renewed its 2005 alliance with the Association of Energy Service Companies (AESC) to continue to provide the well site services industry with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees¿ health and safety. The alliance particularly focuses on reducing and preventing exposure to hand and back hazards.
¿We are pleased to renew our alliance with AESC and expect the next two years to be as successful as the first two,¿ said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke Jr. ¿Currently, AESC members serve on the editorial boards of OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages and eTools on the OSHA Web site. OSHA employees have provided training to the AESC on many occasions since the alliance was signed.¿
¿The Association of Energy Service Companies and the 650 members across the United States are truly excited about renewing our commitment of cooperation with OSHA with the resigning of the alliance agreement,¿ said AESC Executive Director Kenny Jordan. ¿Since signing the original agreement in March 2005, we have seen numerous benefits for both our membership and OSHA. We expect nothing less over the next two years as we continue with what is one of the ultimate goals of our association, to keep every person employed within our industry safe by providing a work environment and a company philosophy that is conducive to a safe workplace.¿
Through the alliance, more than 66,000 AESC members have received training and information from the AESC and OSHA. OSHA representatives have also participated in the AESC Health Safety and Environmental Conference in September 2005 and the AESC Annual Health, Safety and Environmental Tradeshow and Conference last October.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA¿s role is to assure 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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