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Region 6 News Release: OSHA-08-1160-DAL
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008
Contact: Diana Petterson Elizabeth Todd
Phone: 972-850-4709 972-850-4710
MIDLAND, Texas -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today formed an alliance with the Permian Basin STEPS (Services, Transmission, Exploration and Production Safety) to promote safety, health and environmental improvement in oil, gas and energy-related industries for west Texas and southeast New Mexico.
"This agreement provides an opportunity for employers, contractors and employees to come together and discuss existing safety and health hazards in the workplace," said Dean McDaniel, OSHA's regional administrator in Dallas. "We are hopeful that this cooperative effort will help prevent fatalities and injuries associated with the oil and gas industry."
The Permian Basin STEPS began in June 2007 and is patterned after the successful South Texas Exploration and Production Safety network. The goal of the network is to provide a forum for industry employers, contractors and employees to meet on a monthly basis to discuss best practices and lessons learned in addition to receiving crucial information to enhance workplace safety in the oil and gas industry. The network also provides smaller employers with information needed to build an effective safety and health management system.
OSHA safety and health alliances are part of U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the safety and health 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.
Employers and employees with questions about this or other OSHA partnerships or alliances may call the agency's Lubbock Area Office at 806-472-7681.
OSHA has improved workplace safety and health over the past 37 years. This success is reflected in the latest data (2006) showing the lowest national injury and illness incidence rate that the Bureau of Labor Statistics has ever recorded. OSHA continues to work diligently to focus its resources where they will have the most impact in assuring that every working man and woman returns home safely every day.
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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