Region 6 - Alliance Annual Report - August 15, 2019


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Oklahoma City Area Office
And the
Oklahoma Department of Labor OSHA Consultation Division
And the
Mid Continent Exploration and Production Safety Network (MCEPS)

August 15, 2019

  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

      Originally signed on September 9, 2007 and last renewed April 20, 2017.

    2. Evaluation Period

      November 21, 2018 to August 15, 2019

    3. Overview

      The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Oklahoma City Area Office, Oklahoma Department of Labor, and MCEPS continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA, ODOL Consultation, and MCEPS hereby renewed the alliance signed on September 9, 2007 and renewed April 20, 2017, with a continued emphasis on promoting worker awareness of industry-related hazards and solutions in the exploration and production of oil and gas. Specifically, OSHA, MCEPS, and ODOL/CON are committed to providing MCEPS members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). Through the Alliance, the organizations will continue to address work-related injuries and fatalities.

    4. Implementation Team Members


      Steven Kirby; Oklahoma City Area Director
      David Bates; Former Oklahoma City Area Director
      Jorge Delucca; Compliance Assistance Specialist, Oklahoma City Area Office

      Oklahoma Department of Labor

      Leslie Osborn; Oklahoma Commissioner of Labor
      Jason Hudson; Director, OSHA Consultation Division

      Alliance participant

      Kevin Ediger; President (Chesapeake Energy Company)
      Jennifer Martin; Vice President (QES Pressure Control)
      Katherine Abraham; Secretary (TPS Alert)

      Executive Committee:

      Todd Smith-Executive Committee Member
      Chance Odom
      Oscar Melendez
      Tod Smith
      Eldon Burns
      Jenny Sloan

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • The Board members and Executive Committee met the fourth Thursday of each month

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

  3. Results

    The following table summarizes the Alliance’s activities in support of the goals in the Alliance agreement.

    Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives:

    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Alliance ProductNo ActivitiesOil and gas


    Via email
    10/19/2018: Jorge Delucca, Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS), emailed “For Your Information: OSHA Launches Program to Target High Injury and Illness Rates”

    1/28/2019: Jorge Delucca, CAS, emailed “OSHA Final Rule on Electronic Submission of Injury/Illness Information”

    3/28/2019: Jorge Delucca, CAS, emailed “OSHA #5810 Hazards Recognition and Standards for On-Shore Oil and Gas Exploration and Production”

    3/29/2019: Jorge Delucca, CAS, emailed “2019 National Safety Stand-Down for Fall Prevention - Event Planning, Outreach Resources,” and information on the March 20th Webinar

    4/5/2019: Jorge Delucca, CAS, emailed “National Fall Stand Down – Resources”

    4/24/2019: Jorge Delucca, CAS, emailed “Ground Disturbance Hazard Alert” that was written in the Spanish language

    5/14/2019: Jorge Delucca, CAS, emailed “For Your Information: OSHA Standards Improvement Project IV - Final Rule”

    7/2/2019: Jorge Delucca, CAS, emailed “Human Trafficking in the Oilfield”

    7/25/2019: Jorge Delucca, CAS, emailed “Heat Illness Press Release”

    7/29/2019: Jorge Delucca, CAS, emailed “For Your Information: Safe + Sound Week 2019 is Just Around the Corner!”

    7/30/2019: Jorge Delucca, CAS, emailed “3M Fall Protection Recall”
    Oil and gas












    ExhibitNo ActivitiesOil and gas


    OSHA Product ReviewNo ActivitiesOil and gas


    Speech/Presentation 9/21/2018: David Bates, Area Director presented an OSHA update on 5(a)(1) violations at the September 20th meeting of the Mid Continent Exploration and Production Safety Network. Oil and gas


    Speech/Presentation 10/18/2018: David Bates, Area Director, presented an OSHA Update for fiscal Year 2018.

    Stephen Mata, DuPont, provided a demonstration of the Thermoman flame retardant clothing.
    Oil and Gas


    Speech/Presentation 11/15/2018: David Bates, Area Director, provided an update on crane operator certifications with an effective date of November 10, 2018; Oil & Gas Conference at Houston, December 4-5, 2018; and an accident overview of an oil and gas company that suffered a workplace fatal incident - a worker was killed when struck by a pipe. David provided a farewell to the MCEPS participants, upon pending retirement from OSHA on January 3, 2019. The MCEPS board presented David with a US flag and certificate of appreciation.

    Greg Hawks, Hawks Agency, provided a presentation about "Unlocking an Ownership Culture."
    Oil and Gas


    Speech/Presentation 1/17/2019: Assistant Area Director (AAD) Steven Kirby provided a presentation on "General Duty Clause Violations."

    Brian McCoy, Mix Telematics, gave a presentation on Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations, ELDs and their function within the oil and gas industry

    Tara Porter, Canadian Valley Technology Center, talked about the OSHA multiemployer citation policy, and the 2017 BLS fatality statistics
    Oil and Gas


    Speech/Presentation 2/21/2019: Steven Kirby, AAD, provided an OSHA Update at a meeting of the Mid Continent Exploration and Production safety Network (MCEPS). Steven discussed “Safe Operation of Vacuum Trucks Handling Flammable and Combustible Liquids in Petroleum Service", American Petroleum Institute Recommended Practice 2219, Fourth Edition, June 2016. The discussion included continuous air monitoring, verification of bonding and grounding, venting to a safe location, and non-conductive equipment.

    Tom Robbins with Energize for Safety Coalition provided a presentation on Safety Corridor Efforts on Highway 33.
    Oil and Gas


    Speech/Presentation 3/21/2019: Jorge Delucca, CAS, gave an OSHA Update that included: Fatalities in oil and gas nationally--BLS statistics Explanation of causes of two oil and gas fatalities in Oklahoma in FY 2019
    Announcement of Worker memorial Event, April 30th
    Announcement of Oklahoma American industrial Hygiene Association Spring conference, April 11. Theme: "The Blunt Facts About Medical Marijuana"
    Displayed a poster that referenced the National Safety Stand Down to Prevent Falls, scheduled for May 6-10th

    Guest Speaker: Kenny Jordan, Executive Director, Association of Energy service companies (AESC)-Safety Statistics and Fatality Overview
    Oil and Gas


    Speech/Presentation 4/18/20109: Steven Kirby, AAD, provided an OSHA Update that referenced the National Safety Stand Down to Prevent Falls, scheduled for May 6-10th.

    The Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office provided a presentation that addressed both distracted driving (texting, eating, etc.) and driving under the influence (alcohol, medication, etc.).
    Oil and Gas


    Speech/Presentation 5/30/2019: Jorge Delucca, CAS, provided an update that included the status of new-hire acquisitions and a new Area Director. Additionally, the update provided information on a new OSHA oil and gas safety video, accident scenario that involved a forklift fire at Georgia Pacific plant in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and the tornadoes that affected Oklahoma in the past two weeks.

    Arthur Smith, AIRIS, gave a presentation about exposures to silica during fracking operations, OSHA's multiemployer citation policy.
    Oil and Gas


    Speech/Presentation 6/20/2019: Leslie Stockel with Oklahoma State University provided the safety minute briefing.
    Steven Kirby, AAD provided a brief update on the changes to the OSHA Walking/Working Surfaces standard.
    Ryan Rosa presented information that addressed railroad safety.
    Oil and Gas


    Speech/Presentation 7/18/2019:
    1. Kevin Hobbie, from Mulholland Energy services, provided a Safety Minute briefing on complacency regarding safety, when there have been no accidents.

    2. Jorge Delucca, CAS, gave OSHA Update including information and numbers of fatalities regarding three recent fatalities around the State of Oklahoma.

    3. Tom Beddow, Oilfield Chaplain, provided a talk about stress as a cause of fatal accidents, and how to effectively manage stress.

    4. Jorge Delucca, CAS, provided an overview the “Kids' Chance of Oklahoma” program. The Program provides scholarships to children of workers who were injured or fatally killed while working on the job.
    Oil and Gas


    Speech/Presentation 8/15/2019: 1. Ken Rogus, Ironclad Performance Wear, gave a Safety Minute brief on several subjects, including diet, heat stress prevention, and hand protection (impact gloves).

    2. Steven Kirby, AD, introduced himself as new OSHA Area Director and provided information on the Region VI UAS (drone) program; use of old grain silos to store fracking sand and safety issues involved; and the Safe + Sound updated guidelines located on the OSHA web site.

    3. Tim Jenney, TEAM Professional Services, gave a presentation that addressed drug use in the workplace. Tim additionally identified that workplace drug abuse was at a 14-year high. He discussed opioid and marijuana use. THD vs CBD.




  4. Evaluations

    The alliance is effectively attracting members from major oil and gas companies and related organizations to its monthly meetings. Attendees to the meetings are receiving high quality presentations with lessons learned from other companies plus updates from the OSHA Area Director.

  5. Upcoming Milestones: Alliance renewal April 2020

    Report prepared by:
    Jorge A. Delucca, OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist
    Oklahoma City Area Office