Region 3 - Alliance Annual Report - July 22, 2019


and STEPS of PA

July 22, 2019

  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed:

      March 29, 2017

    2. Evaluation Period:

      March 29, 2017 to March 29, 2018

    3. Alliance Overview and Goals:

      The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Wilkes-Barre, Pittsburgh, Erie, and Harrisburg Area Offices and the Service, Transmission, Exploration, Production Safety of Pennsylvania Network (STEPS of PA) will provide oil and gas drilling and servicing employers, their employees, and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources to help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by addressing hazards associated with oil and gas operations, and to understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).

  2. Implementation Team Members:

    • July 26, 2017
    • December 20, 2017

    In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from both groups maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliance’s progress and results.

  3. Results of Alliance Activities in Support of Agreement Goals

    Outreach Events and Training for non-OSHA Staff: Alliance Program participant or OSHA participation in events which includes speeches/presentations, exhibits, roundtables, conferences, informational webinars or other meetings or training in support of the Alliance or an OSHA initiative.

    Activity Type


    Event Name

    Name(s) and

    Title of
    (if applicable)

    City State Emphasis Area(s)* Number Reached
    (numeric value)
    Event March 29, 2017 Alliance Signing Rich Mendelson, Region III Regional Administrator Mark Stelmack, Wilkes-Barre Area Director Christopher Robinson, Pittsburgh Area Director Brendan Claybaugh, Erie Area Director David Olah, Harrisburg Area Director Richard Brown, President of STEPS of PA William Burkett, Secretary of Steps of PA   State College PA Oil and Gas 250
    Speech / Presentation July 26, 2017 STEPS of PA Meeting Mark Stelmack, Area Director Richard Brown, President of STEPS of PA Safety and Health in Oil and Gas Industry State College PA Oil and Gas, Fall Prevention, Heat Illness Prevention, Safety and Health Programs 150
    Speech / Presentation September 20, 2017 STEPS of PA Meeting Mark Stelmack, Area Director Jack Rudzki, Regional Supervisor Investigator Whistleblower Program Slippery Rock PA   150
    Speech / Presentation December 20, 2017 STEPS of PA Meeting Mark Stelmack, Area Director Dale Glacken, Compliance Assistance Specialist OSHA Update State College PA Recordkeeping, Reporting 150
    Speech / Presentation March 28, 2018 STEPS of PA Meeting Mark Stelmack, Area Director Maria Healy, Industrial Hygienist Hazard Communication and GHS Noise Blairsville PA Oil and Gas 150
  4. Upcoming Milestones

    The plans for the next year include additional outreach activities for the STEPS of PA members regarding oil and gas safety and health issues including whistleblower protection.

Report prepared by: Seandra Williams, CAS, Wilkes-Barre Area Office, July 22, 2019