Dave Heidorn, ASSE’s manager of government affairs and policy, told BNA Oct. 22 that he was struck by OSHA’s decision to bring BSEE, which has adopted risk-based regulation in the offshore oil and gas industry, into the discussion.
“A big part of OSHA’s work in the industry is PSM, which is also risk-based,” Heidorn said. “And risk-based is what the world is doing outside of the U.S., and doing it well. There’s an old Russian proverb that goes, ‘If everyone is telling you you’re drunk, it’s time to go to bed.’ It’s time OSHA get in the risk-based game and stop the dance with prescriptive approaches that don’t raise the level of commitment to safety above compliance.”
Heidorn also praised Michaels for bringing together the five agencies for the meeting.
“We keep saying, ‘Be a leader and bring people together to talk about these issues’,” Heidorn said. “He did it, and should be commended for that leadership.”
AGA spent a total of about nine million dollars in its control programmes in the Obuasi area alone before Global Fund came in with their support of about 130 million dollars for the countrywide programme which would last for five years.