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OSHA Trade Release
March 29, 2004
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: 202-693-1999

American Petroleum Institute/National Fire Protection Association Sign Joint Alliance with OSHA
Highlights Safety and Health at Petroleum and Petrochemical Liquid Storage Facilities

WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) signed a joint Alliance today with two organizations to promote safe and healthful working conditions for workers in the petroleum and petrochemical industry.

The Alliance unites the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) with OSHA on 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."

"API and its member companies have a longstanding history of promoting safe working conditions in the petroleum industry," said Red Cavaney, API's president and CEO. "We're enthusiastic about this new opportunity, in a public/private partnership with NFPA and OSHA, to continue and expand on this commitment."