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API and NFPA Sign Joint Alliance with OSHA Highlights Safety and Health at Petroleum and Petrochemical Liquid Storage Facilities

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) signed a joint Alliance with the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to promote safe and healthful working conditions for workers in the petroleum and petrochemical industry.

The Alliance will unite efforts to ensure workers in the industry are armed with the training, knowledge and guidance to ensure their safety and health.

“Our goal is to ensure that workers in this industry have every tool they need to ensure they can do their job productively and safely,” said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. “The petroleum industry does have the potential for catastrophic workplace incidents. Through this cooperative effort with API and NFPA, we’re establishing a solid foundation on which managers, supervisors and workers can build to ensure the safety of all those involved in this important industry.”

Key elements of the Alliance are built around promoting safe tank entry, cleaning, maintenance, and rescue operations and work within and around petroleum and petrochemical liquid storage tanks. The Alliance participants will encourage industry workers, including tank owners and operations supervisors, tank maintenance and repair workers, tank contractors and confined space rescue personnel to take OSHA’s train-the-trainer course on safety and health standards and then carry that knowledge back into the field to train operators.

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