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Region 10 News Release: 08-1436-SEA (08-131)
Oct. 16, 2008
Contact: Jeannine Lupton
Phone: 206-553-7620


U.S. Labor Department's OSHA and Alaska-based oil and gas companies sign safety and health alliance

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Establishing an agreement to promote safer work practices, improve health performance and address the benefits of employees who incorporate safety and health on the job are the goals of a new alliance among the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Union Oil Co. of California, Peak Oilfield Service Co., Nabors Alaska Drilling Inc., CUDD Pressure Control Inc., McKinley Service and Equipment Inc., and ESS Support Services.

"This alliance was formed because OSHA and the oil and gas industry recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces," said Scott Ketcham, OSHA's area director in Anchorage. "By disseminating information, accessing training resources and providing guidance, this alliance will improve the safety and health performance of employees."

The alliance agreement consists of three main components: training and education goals where information is disseminated in order to stay current with developments and changes in the field; outreach and communication goals including speaking, exhibiting or appearing at OSHA's and alliance members' conferences, local meetings and other events; and promot