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 30, 2018 to March 29, 2019

    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:

    • May 17, 2018
    • August 16, 2018

    In addition to this formal meeting, 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)
    Speech / Presentation May 23, 2018 STEPS of PA Meeting Mark Stelmack, Area Director Jack Rudzki, Regional Supervisor Investigator Whistleblower Protection, 1904.35 Violations Blairsville PA Oil and Gas 150
  4. Upcoming Milestones

    The Wilkes-Barre Area Office’s CAS retired around the beginning of this agreement term. As was the case, limited activities were conducted to support the agreement at the end of the term. OSHA hired a CAS in June of 2019 and will continue to work with STEPS of PA to provide their members and others with training, information, guidance, and access to OSHA resources that will help them protect employees’ health and safety. OSHA and STEPS of PA will reevaluate the previous alliance efforts and will work with STEPS of PA to negotiate the development of an Alliance Agreement Renewal.

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