Last year, Safe + Sound Week was a success by all measures. Hundreds of businesses across the country participated to showcase elements of their safety and health programs during the week, or took a step in the right direction by starting to build their safety and health program. We are pleased to announce that this year Safe + Sound Week will take place August 12-18. Leading up to Safe + Sound Week, there will be opportunities to learn more about safety and health programs and get exclusive content from Safe + Sound Organizers.

Read More: Safe + Sound Week - August 12-18, 2019

OSHA and the National Weather Service will team up on May 31 to encourage employers and workers to recognize the warning signs for heat illness and keep workers safe. Every year, there are dozens of preventable worker deaths and thousands more workers become ill from extreme heat or humid conditions. 

Read More: May 31 is National Heat Awareness Day

The oil and gas industry employs hundreds of thousands of workers. These workers are engaged in many different industrial processes needed to successfully drill and service a well. Recognizing and controlling hazards is critical to preventing injuries and deaths.

A new video developed by the Region VI OSHA Training Institute Education Centers offers guidance on how to prevent injuries and fatalities from common hazards in the oil and gas industry. 

Read More: New Oil and Gas Exploration Safety Video

Thousands of worksites will join OSHA and its partners for the annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction with events across the country from May 6-10. Employers and workers will pause during the workday to talk about fall hazards, OSHA compliance, and industry best practices to prevent falls in all workplaces. The lack of proper fall protection is the most frequently cited OSHA violation. Share your Stand-Down story on social media, with the hashtag: #StandDown4Safety. #Arlington #Dallas #Irving

Read More: Sixth Annual National Fall Stand-Down Begins May 6

The OSHA Fort Worth Area Office will be hosting an event at the UT Arlington - Division for Enterprise Development Center. The event will consist of a training session and discussion on the MUTCD, applicable OSHA regulations, and road construction safety in General.

Read More: National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) OSHA Event

If you missed the January 18th meeting, there's great news...NTEPS and the Fort Worth OSHA area office have formed an Alliance to provide NTEPS members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to Oil and Gas Exploration and Production hazards and addressing Oil production and distribution safety and health issues, and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).

Read More: Alliance Signing

As part of our effort to keep you informed of new OSHA resources, we wanted to let you know about the release of the OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool. The new app, available for both Android and iPhone, is a collaborative effort between OSHA and NIOSH to update the OSHA Heat Safety Tool. Since its launch in 2011, more than 450,000 users have downloaded the OSHA Heat Safety Tool.

Read More: ANNOUNCING OSHA-NIOSH HEAT SAFETY TOOL

This report describes fatal incidents identified by the NIOSH Fatalities in Oil and Gas Extraction (FOG) database that occurred in 2014. The purpose of FOG is to collect detailed information about worker fatalities related to U.S. oil and gas extraction.

This report provides updates to fatalities published in the Oil and Gas Extraction Worker Fatalities, 2014 Mid-year Report: January 1, 2014–June 30, 2014, and also includes fatalities from the second half of the year.

Read More: OIL AND GAS EXTRACTION WORKER FATALITIES 2014; NIOSH FATALITIES IN OIL AND GAS EXTRACTION (FOG)...

NIOSH releases official new video: Protecting Oil and Gas Workers from Hydrocarbon Gases and Vapors. https://go.usa.gov/xRwdE

This 13-minute video was developed in partnership with the California Department of Public Health-Occupational Health Branch (CDPH-OHB); special thanks goes to Bob Harrison and Laura Styles for their vital contributions.

Read More: PROTECTING OIL AND GAS WORKERS FROM HYDROCARBON GASES AND VAPORS- NIOSH

OSHA's online newsletter provides the latest news about enforcement actions, rulemaking, outreach activities, compliance assistance, and training and educational resources.

Join more than 240,000 subscribers who rely on QuickTakes for information about workplace safety and health. QT is free and distributed twice monthly. Starting in 2018, QuickTakes subscribers began receiving occasional "Did You Know?" messages informing them of OSHA safety resources.

Read More: OSHA QUICKTAKES NEWSLETTER

New resources available to help protect oilfield workers. https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/oilandgas/index.html

A new training module and hazard alert on protecting workers in the oil and gas industry are now available from OSHA. Both resources were developed through OSHA's alliance with the National Service, Transmission, Exploration and Production Safety Network and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Read More: OIL AND GAS WELL DRILLING AND SERVICING ETOOL **UPDATE JUNE 15, 2017**