Update (Rescheduled) - 2020 OSHA Oil and Gas Safety and Health Conference
After a great deal of thoughtful consideration and review of the market, we have made the difficult decision to reschedule the 2020 OSHA Oil and Gas Safety and Health Conference. The new conference dates will be Tuesday, December 14 – Wednesday, December 15, 2021 and the location will remain the same at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, Houston, Texas.

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Every year, over 300 people die in ladder-related accidents and thousands suffer disabling injuries. What is National Ladder Safety Month? National Ladder Safety Month is the only movement dedicated exclusively to the promotion of ladder safety, at home, and at work.

Read More: Ladder Safety Symposium Simulcast

OSHA raised its civil penalties by approximately 1.8 percent on January 15, 2020. The final rule implements annual inflation adjustments of civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced by OSHA and other agencies within the Department of Labor in 2020, as required by the Inflation Adjustment Act (Public Law 114-74). OSHA's penalty increases for workplace safety and health violations include:

Read More: OSHA Penalties Raised for 2020

In recognition of Safe and Sound Week, Labor Rights Week, Workers’ Memorial Day, and OSHA’s National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, The University of Texas at Arlington OSHA Education Center is offering a series of free short courses throughout the Region.

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This video is brought to on behalf of the Region Six OSHA Training Institute Education Centers.

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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 10-16. 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.

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NIOSH Update:   August 27, 2019

As many as 1 in 3 workers affected in some Mining industries

A new study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine is the first to examine hearing loss prevalence and risk by industry within the Oil and Gas Extraction sector, and within most Mining sector industries. Researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found that in many industries within these sectors, at least 25% of the workers had hearing loss. In some industries, more than 30% had hearing loss.

Read More: New Study Details Prevalence of Hearing Loss among Noise-Exposed Mining, and Oil and Gas...

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. 

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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.