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Region 6 News Release: OSHA-08-1160-DAL
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008
Contact: Diana Petterson Elizabeth Todd
Phone: 972-850-4709 972-850-4710

U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA and Permian Basin STEPS sign safety and health alliance agreement

MIDLAND, Texas -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today formed an alliance with the Permian Basin STEPS (Services, Transmission, Exploration and Production Safety) to promote safety, health and environmental improvement in oil, gas and energy-related industries for west Texas and southeast New Mexico.

"This agreement provides an opportunity for employers, contractors and employees to come together and discuss existing safety and health hazards in the workplace," said Dean McDaniel, OSHA's regional administrator in Dallas. "We are hopeful that this cooperative effort will help prevent fatalities and injuries associated with the oil and gas industry."

The Permian Basin STEPS began in June 2007 and is patterned after the successful South Texas Exploration and Production Safety network. The goal of the network is to provide a forum for industry employers, contractors and employees to meet on a monthly basis to discuss best practices and lessons learned in addition to receiving crucial information to enhance workplace safety in the oil and gas industry. The network also provides smaller employers with information needed to build an effective safety and health management system.

OSHA safety and health alliances are part of U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao's ongo