Federal safety-awareness program launches in Texas

A month-long federal awareness campaign and training program launched Thursday in an effort to improve health and safe practices in oil and gas operations.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will offer training materials and assistance to companies that participate by conducting safety sessions, on-site inspections and eliminate potential health and safety hazards. The voluntary program targets corporations with oil and gas exploration and production sites in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

The program will continue through Feb. 28.

“This safety stand-down is an important effort to bring heightened safety and health awareness for workers in the oil and gas industry to identify and eliminate work-related hazards,” said John Hermanson, OSHA’s regional administrator in Dallas. “There is tremendous value in dedicating time during a workday to make a concerted effort to provide training.”

OSHA is co-sponsoring the program with the National Service, Transmission, Exploration & Production Safety Network. STEPS is a decade-old volunteer organization in south Texas that focuses on reducing injuries and fatalities in the energy industry.