Region 6 - Alliance Annual Report - October 31, 2005

South Texas Exploration and Production Safety Network (STEPS)

  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
    Serena Starkey, TWCC OSHCON
    Charlie Moore, Smith Production Co.


    Karen Puckett, TWCC OSHCON
    John Buehrig, ExxonMobil
    Amador Garza, Conoco Phillips
    Armando Cantu, Shell
    Tony Jones, SANTOS USA
    Marc LaRocca, El Paso Oil and Gas
    Ted Reed, BJ Services

    Evaluation Period.

    October 20, 2004 through October 31, 2005

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Team Meetings were held in person at WRMCA Office in Madison on the following dates:

    October 27, 2004 Teleconference  
    February 16, 2005 Holiday Inn, following STEPS meeting Person to person
    October 6, 2005 Halliburton Corpus Christi Office Person to person and teleconference
  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 machine guarding, recording injuries and illnesses, OSHA inspection procedures, West Nile Virus, Africanized Killer Bees, restraining energized lines, root cause analysis, job hazard analysis, emergency planning and procedures, and noise in the oil and gas industry.

      A representative from OSHA along with a representative from OSHCON visited a worksite during a fracturing job to evaluate the lockout/tag out procedures commonly used during this task taking into account well control issues.

      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


    OSHA conducted training sessions including fall protection and machine guarding.

    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 similar safety networks from Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma to discuss the possibility of working with together to further safety and health in the industry.

    One STEPS member submitted their application for Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) to the Corpus Christi Area Office. OSHA attended two orientation sessions for the contractors of this company and explained VPP program and process.

    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 and the other industry meetings.

    The STEPS President and an OSHA representative met with similar safety networks from Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma to discuss the possibility of working with together to further safety and health in the industry.

  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 API 40
    Outreach to the local chapter of the API 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 similar networks throughout Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma 30
    Outreach to BP contractors during orientation sessions (3) 20
    Training and outreach to Petroleum Education Council (PEC) training class 25
    Numerous presentations by the STEPS President, Vice-President and Secretary to industry representatives  
    Confined Space Entry class taught by TWCC 20
    TOTAL 1355
  5. Upcoming Milestones

    Monthly training and outreach meetings are planned for the next year to include seminar in conjunction with the Texas Oil and Gas Association. Quarterly training classes are scheduled to be taught by TWCC to include job hazard analysis, lifting, hazard communication.

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