Front row: James M. Shannon, NFPA President/CEO; John Henshaw, Assistant Secretary of OSHA; Red Cavaney, American Petroleum Institute President/CEO.
Back row: Bob Bahr, ExxonMobil; Howard Feldman, API; William Erny, API; Guy Colonna, NFPA; and John Beichman, NFPA.
Photo: Shawn T. Moore
The alliance will focus on providing industry workers with training and guidance to ensure their safety and health. The focus of this activity will be safe tank entry, cleaning, maintenance, and rescue operations regarding petroleum and petrochemical liquid storage tanks.
Alliance partners will encourage industry workers, many of whom are tank owners and operations supervisors, to take NFPA courses on safety and health standards, including confined space safe practices, and then share that knowledge with fellow operators. The alliance will also coordinate best practices and lessons learned with others in the industry and publicize those results through individual training programs and materials.
This agreement will be in effect for two years, and may be extended.
"NFPA has actively promoted fire and life safety in the petroleum and petrochemical industry through many of its codes and standards," said NFPA President and CEO James M. Shannon, who signed the agreement for NFPA in Washington today. "I am pleased that NFPA is part of this important alliance and look forward to our successful partnership with both OSHA and API."
The alliance agreement was also signed by John L. Henshaw, OSHA administrator, and Red Cavaney, president and CEO of the API.
An implementation team, made up of organization representatives, is developing a plan of action, working procedures, and partner roles and responsibilities.
NFPA has been a worldwide leader in providing fire, electrical, building, and life safety to the public since 1896. The mission of the international nonprofit organization is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating scientifically-based consensus codes and standards, research, training and education. NFPA headquarters is located in Quincy, MA, USA.
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