|“LEARNING FROM INDUSTRY MISTAKES” – OSHA DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY SPEAKS AT NPRA SAFETY CONFERENCE|
|Monday, 24 May 2010 00:00|
Jordan Barab, OSHA Deputy Assistant Secretary, delivered the keynote speech at the recent NPRA Safety conference in San Antonio, Texas. In what was at times a blunt presentation, Barab called for changes in the petroleum refining industry to improve worker and process safety. The Deputy Assistant Secretary made the following recommendations:
Barab also noted that to accurately assess the safety of the refining industry, OSHA must make changes to the way that companies are targeted for inspections. Historically, OSHA has relied on DART rates of the employers but not contractors. Recognizing that contractors routinely make up a large part of the workforce in a refinery and do some of the most dangerous work, Barab suggested that OSHA will begin to look for safety indicators that include both regular and contract employees. A transcript of Deputy Assistant Secretary Barab’s speech is available on the OSHA website.