Step Up for Safety Program

Thursday, February 18, 2016 @ 02:02 PM gHale

Upstream oil and gas workers know their occupation is dangerous, and now the federal government is looking for employers and employees to Step Up for Safety.

That is the name of the new program from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for employers and workers focusing on hazards in oil and gas exploration.

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During step up events, employers around the country will take time out to conduct site inspections, safety training and other activities. These events will continue until the end of March.

The Step Up is an activity of the alliance between OSHA, the National Service, Transmission, Exploration & Production Safety (STEPS) Network, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Twenty-two regional STEPS Networks will coordinate and promote the events.

“Hazardous working conditions are taking the lives of a growing number of workers employed in oil and gas extraction,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “This safety step-up will help emphasize the tremendous value in dedicating time during a workday to improve safety and health.”

The National STEPS Network, founded in 2003, is a volunteer organization that includes industry operators, contractors and associations, OSHA and NIOSH representatives, and educational institutions that promote safety, health, and environmental improvement in oil and gas exploration and production in U.S. onshore operations.

For more information, click on the Step Up for Safety Web site, which includes a menu of resources that employers can use during their events.