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Region 6 News Release: 11-368-DAL
March 24, 2011
Contact: Elizabeth Todd   Juan Rodriguez
Phone: 972-850-4710   972-850-4709
E-mail: todd.elizabeth@dol.gov   rodriguez.juan@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA and South Louisiana STEPS form new alliance
to promote safety and health for workers in oil and gas industry

LAFAYETTE, La. – Furthering safety and health for oil and gas workers in Louisiana is the goal of an alliance signed today by the Baton Rouge Area Office of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the South Louisiana Service Transmission, Exploration and Production Safety Network.

"This is an opportunity for OSHA and members of the oil and gas industry to come together through forums, roundtable discussions, meetings and conferences to discuss safety and health issues associated with production, drilling and transportation operations," said William Burke, OSHA's acting regional administrator in Dallas. "The joint resources of this relationship will help make the oil and gas industry as safe and healthful as possible."

South Louisiana STEPS was initiated in September 2009 and is patterned after the successful South Texas Exploration and Production Safety Network. STEPS provides a forum for industry employers, contractors and employees to meet on a monthly basis; discuss best practices and lessons learned within the industry; and disperse crucial information to enhance workplace safety. Additionally, the network provides small businesses with information needed to build an effective safety and health management system.

Through its Alliance Program, OSHA works with unions, consulates, trade and professional organizations, faith- and community-based organizations, businesses and educational institutions to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses. The purpose of each alliance is to develop compliance assistance tools and