According to a November 30, 2016,
press release, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has renewed an alliance
with the National Institute for Occupational safety and Health (NIOSH)
and the National STEPS Network to “prevent injuries, illnesses and
fatalities among workers in oil and gas exploration and production.”
The STEPS Network, founded in 2003, includes oil and gas companies, contractors,
industry associations, educational institutions and government representatives.
Network volunteers promote oil exploration safety and health.
New Five-year Agreement
Over the next five years, alliance participants agreed to:
- Develop and disseminate additional hazard alerts
- Support standardized worker orientation training
- Publicize results of pertinent NIOSH research
The agreement was signed at the Oil & Gas Safety and Health Conference
in Houston. It pertains to workers in the oil and gas extraction industry
across the country, including in the Bakken.
During the first two-year period of cooperation, alliance members worked
on hazard alerts for
tank gauging, an activity that has killed a number of workers in recent years. In some
accidents, workers have been overcome by the rapid release of hydrocarbon
gases when they opened the thief hatches of oil storage tanks. The alliance
also focused on
hot work, an activity which has killed 28 workers during the decade ending 2015.
Still, more work needs to be done. "While I am pleased with the work
that we have done through our alliance, there are still too many oil and
gas industry workers who are hurt or killed on the job," OSHA representative
Dr. David Michaels said at the conference.
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