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OSHA News Release – Region 7
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 7 News Release: OSHA/ 05-516-KAN
Date: April 4, 2005
Contact: Norma J. Conrad
WICHITA, Kan. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today announced the start of a statewide oil and gas industry Local Emphasis Program (LEP) aimed at reducing the industry's injuries, fatalities, and lost workdays case rate.
Between fiscal year 1997 and fiscal year 2004, OSHA's Wichita office conducted eight fatality inspections related to the oil and gas extraction industry. OSHA Regional Administrator Charles E. Adkins, CIH, said, "The primary goal under the agency's Strategic Management Plan (SMP) for 2003-2008 is to reduce injuries and illnesses by four percent in the high incidence and high severity rate industries. Oil and gas operations are among the seven high incidence/high severity rate industries identified in the SMP."
A comprehensive safety and health inspection will be conducted at each site selected under the LEP with the exception of establishments that have 10 or fewer employees currently and at any time during the last 12 months. These employers will receive a programmed health inspection only. Training and outreach opportunities will be coordinated by the Wichita OSHA office. Also, information will be made available upon request to employers, professional associations and labor organizations.
Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. The role of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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