COLUMBUS, OH – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has conferred Alliance Program Ambassador status on Buckeye Service, Transmission, Exploration and Production Safety Network in recognition of the organization’s collaborative relationship with OSHA and its commitment to addressing safety and health hazards in Ohio’s oil and gas industry.

The ambassador alliance will continue developing effective awareness and education programs for the network’s members on hazards such as heat stress, vehicle operations, air contaminants, chemical exposures, falls, electrical, caught-in/between and struck-by hazards. Participants will also share information on OSHA campaigns. First signed in September 2013, OSHA and the network renewed their alliance in November 2015 and February 2018.

“Workplaces are safer when everyone works together to recognize hazards and follow safety protocols,” said OSHA Area Office Director Larry Johnson in Columbus, Ohio. “Our ongoing alliance with the Buckeye Service, Transmission, Exploration and Production Safety Network continues to share best practices, educate employers and employees and ensure that safety is a priority on the job.”

Buckeye Service, Transmission, Exploration and Production Safety Network is a regional chapter of the National STEPS Network, an all-volunteer organization founded in 2003 in South Texas by OSHA and industry to reduce injuries and fatalities there. The effort’s success led to STEPS’ growth, and the creation of 20 independent regional STEPS networks in 20 states.

OSHA expects Alliance Program Ambassadors to continue sharing timely and relevant safety and health information with members, and work collaboratively on issues that emerge among its membership. Learn more about OSHA’s Alliance Program, and view the list of national alliances and program ambassadors.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance. Learn more about OSHA.

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