Government agencies collect information at open meeting

Posted on: September 28, 2012

Nearly 150 people attended an open meeting sponsored by five government agencies hosted by the Gulf Coast Safety Institute at the College of the Mainland. The agencies included the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, Department of Interior, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, U.S. Coast Guard, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Transportation and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Speakers provided expert viewpoints and discussed agency regulations, and participants offered comments and suggestions on the development of a performance-based regulatory model for the oil and gas industry.

“The purpose of this meeting is to collect information, not to propose new standards.  OSHA will review the information collected during the meeting and in the docket and use it when considering implementation of future regulatory initiatives in the oil and gas industry,” said Frank Meilinger, OSHA Director of Communications. “The ultimate goal is to improve safety and enhance interagency cooperation while increasing economic and environmental benefits to society. “

Cindy Lewis, director of the Gulf Coast Safety Institute, commented, “We are pleased that we were able to assist the agencies in arranging this meeting. Having five agency representatives in one location gave the industry stakeholders a great opportunity to interact and potentially influence future regulations or standards.”

The Gulf Coast Safety Institute provides safety, health and emergency management training and outreach services supported by a generous grant. Outreach services offered include mentoring through the OSHA Challenge Program. Safety and health training for small businesses and young workers is available, as well as fire extinguisher training. For more information, please contact Cindy Lewis at 409-933-8495 or

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