Today's News

Labor Secretary Solis remembers workers killed at BP Texas City, calls for re-dedication of safety efforts at refineries, chemical plants (3/24)

March 24, 2010
/ Print / Reprints /
ShareMore
/ Text Size+

Today, five years after the terrible explosion at BP's Texas City refinery, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis issued the following press statement remembering the 15 workers who were killed and the many others who were injured in that tragic event:

"As we've seen from my department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's recent enforcement actions, BP still has a long way to go to ensure the safety of its employees and those of the contractors who work in its refineries.

"Today and every day, I hope that the entire petrochemical industry is fully and actively dedicated to worker health and safety at all American refineries and chemical plants. I hope that the industry is reminded today to examine and improve safety systems and their corporate safety culture. These measures should include looking at how their organizations address safety issues, the extent of management commitment and worker participation in improving safety systems, the adequacy of training and maintenance, and the use of leading indicators like close calls to gauge the safety of their facilities.

"The Labor Department is doing its part to ensure the safety of America's refineries and chemical plants. OSHA is entering the final stages of a comprehensive National Emphasis Program that has examined most of the nation's refineries and, where necessary, initiated action to compel elimination of hazards in many of them. In addition, OSHA has also initiated an NEP for the chemical industry with the ultimate goal of preventing catastrophic incidents that can injure and kill employees and affect entire communities.

"The U.S. Department of Labor is committed to strong enforcement of OSHA standards and technical assistance to companies to help them achieve safe environments for their workers and surrounding communities."

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to ISHN.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

Scenes from the World of Safety

Sights, signs & symbols from the National Safety Congress & Expo held in San Diego, CA, September 15-18

12/2/14 2:00 pm EST

The Cause and Cure for Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is a serious issue. This webinar will explore the types and sources of driver distraction, human factors that lead to distraction and the effect current laws have on the problem.

ISHN Magazine

ISHN1114_cover.jpg

2014 November

Check out this month's issue of ISHN, which features articles about the oil and gas industry

Table Of Contents Subscribe

THE ISHN STORE

M:\General Shared\__AEC Store Katie Z\AEC Store\Images\ISHN\safetyfourth.jpg
Safety Engineering, 4th Edition

A practical, solutions-driven reference, Safety Engineering, 4th edition, has been completely revised and updated to reflect many of today’s issues in safety.

More Products

For Distributors Only - SEPTEMBER 2014

ISHN FDO SEPTEMBER 2014For Distributors Only is ISHN's niche brand standard-sized magazine supplement aimed at an audience of 2,000 U.S. distributors that sell safety products. Circulation only goes to distributors. CHECK OUT THE SEPTEMBER 2014 ISSUE OF FDO HERE

STAY CONNECTED

Facebook logo Twitter YouTubeLinkedIn Google + icon

ishn infographics

2012 US workplace deathsCheck out ISHN's new Infographic page! Learn more about worker safety through these interactive images. CLICK HERE to view the page.