Region 6 - Alliance Annual Report - September 30, 2006

South Texas Exploration and Production Safety Network (STEPS)
October 1, 2005 through September 30, 2006

  1. Alliance Background

    Signed October 20, 2004

    Alliance Overview

    The purpose of the STEPS Network / OSHA Alliance is the establish a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful workplaces in the oil and gas industry in South Texas through training, outreach, and communication.

    Implementation Team Members

    Marianne McGee, OSHA
    Rick Ingram, BP America Production Co.
    Javier Balderas, Halliburton
    Joe Bustamante, Professional Safety Associates Inc.


    Tonna Marcyes, TDI Workers Safety
    John Buehrig, ExxonMobil
    Tony Jones, SANTOS USA
    John Cantu, El Paso Oil and Gas
    Ted Reed, BJ Services

    Evaluation Period.

    October 1, 2005 through September 30, 2006

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    October 6, 2005 Halliburton Corpus Christi Office Person to person and teleconference
    June 1, 2006 Halliburton Corpus Christi Office Person to person
  3. Activities and Products

    Training and Education

    • Events

      The goal of delivering hazard recognition training was met through the STEPS Network monthly meetings. Approximately three training sessions were conducted at each of the 12 monthly meetings. The subjects include but are not limited to emergency preparedness, hand safety, recording injuries and illnesses, OSHA inspection procedures, load securement, legal liabilities, sustainability and hazardous waste manifest requirements.

      Best practices such as hand safety, ergonomics, and safe driving were shared at the STEPS Network and subsequently posted on the website.

    • Products

      The STEPS Network has a website that consists of the meeting minutes and PowerPoint presentations of many of the topics presented at the monthly meetings. The website also contains safety alerts, recent incidents, best practices, etc. The website address is

    Outreach and Communication

    • Events

      OSHA conducted training sessions including the CCAO Fatality Reduction Initiative, a review of the enhanced enforcement program, general OSHA information and recordkeeping.

      Two STEPS Executive Committee members did a presentation on the STEPS Network and their Alliance with OSHA and Texas Worker’s Compensation Commission (TWCC) at the Texas Safety Summit sponsored by the TWCC.

      The STEPS President and an OSHA representative met with contractors for a large independent and discussed recent fatalities and the STEPS Network.

      One STEPS member was approved as a Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star site.

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health


    Many members of the STEPS Network are strong advocates for safety and health improvement in the oil and gas industry and actively discuss the issue at various meetings such as the American Petroleum Institute (API) local chapter meetings, Association of Energy Servicing Contractors meetings, as well as other industry meetings.

    The STEPS Past President and an OSHA representative met with representatives of the majors to discuss a possible unified orientation program. This project is currently under development and will require that all employees attend a unified orientation session that is recognized by the majors.

  4. Results

    The STEPS Network / OSHA Alliance has been very effective in creating an open dialogue between the local oil and gas industry and OSHA. OSHA receives numerous inquires from the STEPS membership regarding safety and health issues and injury and illness recordability.

    Type of Activity
    (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)
    Number of Individuals
    Reached or Trained
    Training and outreach at the STEPS Network Monthly meetings (12) Approximately 60 attendees each month
    Outreach to the local chapter of the AESC 40
    Presentation to the Texas Safety Summit on safety and health in the oil and gas industry and the alliance Approximately 400 attendees
    Outreach to Devon contractors during annual meeting 60
    Outreach to El Paso Production contractors during annual meeting 30
    Numerous presentations by the STEPS President, Vice-President and Secretary and OSHA to industry representatives  
    Texas Department of Insurance Office of Worker Safety taught classes on blood-borne pathogens, job hazard analysis and hazard communication 45
    Radio Broadcast on SafeNation Radio on the STEPS Network  
    TOTAL 1295
  5. Upcoming Milestones

    Monthly training and outreach meetings are planned for the next year.

    Due to the success it is recommended that this alliance be continued.

    STEPS Activities for Oct. 2005 to Sept. 2006

    October 16, 2005 STEPS meeting, fatality update
    November 16, 2005 STEPS Meeting, fatality update
    December 21, 2005 STEPS Meeting, fatality update
    January 17-20, 2006 VPP audit of STEPS member, BP America
    January 18, 2006 STEPS Meeting, fatality update, OSHA 300 Log and Summary requirements
    February 15, 2006 STEPS Meeting, fatality update. TDI Quarterly training: Blood-borne pathogens
    March 15, 2006 STEPS Meeting, fatality update, and Texas Oil and Gas Association seminar
    April 19, 2006 STEPS Meeting, fatality update
    April 26, 2006 Recordkeeping training for STEPS member
    May 4, 2006 Presentation on STEPS for Devon Contractors
    May 17, 2006 STEPS Meeting, fatality update. TDI quarterly training: Job Hazard Analysis
    May 18, 2006 STEPS Executive Committee members (2) addressed the Texas Safety Summit
    June 1, 2006 Planning meeting for June STEPS meeting
    June 6, 2006 STEPS member BP America becomes a VPP Star
    June 14, 2006 Fatality Reduction Initiative and STEPS info for AESC
    June 21, 2006 STEPS Meeting, fatality update
    June 29, 2006 Meeting with the Texas Oil and Gas Association regarding an alliance.
    July 19, 2006 STEPS Meeting, fatality update and Fatality Reduction Initiative
    August 16, 2006 STEPS Meeting, fatality update, and General OSHA Inspections. TDI quarterly training: Hazard Communication.
    August 19, 2006 SafeNation Radio Broadcast re: STEPS
    September 20, 2006 STEPS Meeting, fatality update, and Enhanced Enforcement Program