Safe + Sound Operations Built on Industry Standards
Posted August 14, 2019
API is proud to again partner with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to host the agency’s annual “Safe + Sound Week,” a nationwide event focused on raising awareness and understanding of the importance of safety and health programs in the workplace.
It’s an initiative the natural gas and oil industry fully appreciates and works continuously to advance. Safety is a core industry commitment. It’s fundamental to protecting our workers, the communities that host natural gas and oil development and the environment, each of which help sustain our permission to operate.
Industry standards are behind a culture of safety we’ve worked hard to build. API, which originated as a standards-setting organization, has developed more than 700 standards that drive safety – cited more than 650 times in federal regulations from OSHA as well as other agencies, including EPA. The video highlights API’s history of standards development:
In support of “Safe + Sound Week,” API is granting complimentary access to 23 of its globally recognized safety standards, used by industry professionals throughout the supply chain.
In addition, API has published a handbook, “Rules to Live By,” that details fundamental safety reminders for workers and employers in the natural gas and oil industry. Each page of the handbook may be printed as a poster to remind workers in the field of the important safety guidelines for everyday tasks such as working at heights, isolating energy sources or driving safely.
The natural gas and oil industry continues to be a leader in workplace safety. The chart below, from API’s most recent workplace safety report, shows industry’s rate of injuries and illnesses per 100 workers (orange line), down 41% since 2008, compared to the U.S. private sector (blue line):
Still, minimizing workplace-related injuries and illnesses remains an industry priority and the subject of continuous improvement in workplace safeguards and training.
This week – and every week – we encourage everyone to think about safety on the job. Sign up for our complimentary standards by creating an account at API Learning and registering for the “Sharing Our Safety: OSHA Safe + Sound Week” page.
API intern Claire O’Connor contributed to this post.
About The Author
Sam Winstel is a writer for the American Petroleum Institute. He comes to API from Edelman, where he supported communications marketing strategies for clients across the firm’s energy and federal government practices. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Sam graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina, and he currently resides in Washington, D.C.
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