Region 8 - Alliance Annual Report - August 11, 2018

DJ Basin Safety Council
August 11, 2018

Alliance Background

Date Signed

July 11, 2017


The purpose of this alliance is to provide DJ Basin Safety Council (DJB Safety) members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety. The alliance will focus on hazards related to falls, fires/explosions, being struck by or caught in equipment or machinery used in the oil and gas well drilling and servicing industry. The alliance will also focus on hydrocarbon and silica exposures to prevent occupational diseases.

Mission Statement for the DJ Basin Safety Council- To promote safety, environmental stewardship and standardized training for all contractors and employees in the DJ Basin, and encourage a cordial and working relationship with the municipalities and citizens of Colorado.

  1. Implementation Team Members

    • Carrie Jordan – DJB Safety Council President and other members of the leadership group of the DJB Safety
    • Herb Gibson – OSHA Denver Area Director


    • DJ Basin Safety Council Board of Directors

    Evaluation Period

    July 11, 2017 - July 11, 2018

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • 11/27/17 – phone conversation
    • 12/5/17 – in person
    • 5/3/18 – phone conference
    • 5/10/18 – phone conference
    • 7/3/18 – in person
  3. Events and Products

    Training and Education

    • Events

      At the 11/7/17 meeting best practices and industry changes in personal gas detection monitoring equipment were discussed. The discussion also covered hydrocarbon exposures in oil and gas industry.

    • At the 12/5/17 meeting the group facilitated an open forum on hazards and needs confronting the oil and gas industry.
    • Formal presentation at the 5/1/18 DJB Safety meeting on OSHA's walking and working surface rule.
    • DJ Basin members committed to supporting the fall stand down during the April 2018 meeting. They advised OSHA that the event will also be promoted on DJB Safety website and email distribution member list.
    • OSHA participated in the Energy Expo 5/22-5/23/18 that was co-sponsored by the DJB. There were 31 individual safety training sessions covering at least 300 attendees. An OSHA IH did an OSHA Update for Oil and Gas Industry and covered hazards in tank gauging.
    • DJ Basin members committed to supporting Safe and Sound. Members advised OSHA that the event will also be promoted on DJB Safety website and email distribution member list during July and August 2018.
    • Products

      The alliance provides DJB Safety members with notification of and opportunities to attend specific training provided by OSHA or others, regular updates on OSHA activity and strategic plan focus areas and an opportunity to interface directly with the Denver Area Office.

    Outreach and Communication

    • Events

      Area Director or other staff members attended monthly DJB Safety Council meetings and gave presentations or updates at each meeting attended. The meetings attended were held on:

      11/7/17, 12/5/17, 1/2/18, 2/6/18, 3/6/18, 4/3/18, 5/1/18, 6/5/18, 7/3/18

      OSHA updates included information on Heat Stress, OSHA Recordkeeping and Reporting changes, temporary worker initiatives, silica, walking/working surfaces, tank gauging, local accidents and fatalities, training opportunities such as the Oil and Gas Safety Leadership course.

      All members were provided with information regarding the uploading of OSHA 300's to OSHA's website in December 2017.

    • Products


    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    • Events

      The DJB Safety is an excellent resource in Colorado for disseminating information to members about OSHA initiatives and provides a forum for open dialogue between oil and gas industry and OSHA.

      The DJB Safety promoted the 2018 OSHA Fall Stand Down extensively. Additionally, they have provided resources to members on the 2018 OSHA Fall Stand Down.

      In July 2018, DJB Safety promoted and committed to support the OSHA Safe and Sound Campaign. For example, the link to OSHA Safe and Sound website was provided to all members of DJB Safety. Additionally, Safe and Sound materials were distributed and discussed at a meeting in July 2018. The DAO plans to provide 13 different Safe and Sound handouts to DJB during the August 2018 meeting. Safe and Sound was also promoted in DJB monthly safety newsletter for both 2017 and 2018.


      Members of DJB Safety were involved in STEPS/OSHA/NIOSH multi gas monitor hazard alert. In January 2018 the members discussed the Multi Gas Monitor Hazard Alert document at length.

  4. Results

    The Denver Area Office has worked with this group for many years prior to formalizing the relationship with an alliance in 2013. The Area Director and some CSHO's are familiar to the members and a trusted resource for accurate OSHA information. This alliance will only continue to strengthen that relationship and raise awareness about safety and health hazards in the oil and gas industry among small well drilling and servicing employers. It allows OSHA direct access to a large group of oil and gas contractors within the state and provides an opportunity to address issues of concern to the industry and OSHA.

    Presentations and updates provided at the monthly meetings have a significant impact in delivering a consistent safety and health message to this organization and those that they work with. Companies also share best practices at this forum. The DJ Basin Safety Council is also a member of the National STEPS Network. Additionally, the monthly newsletter promotes many safety and health issues for OSHA. There distribution reaches a majority of the oil and gas industry stakeholders in northern Colorado.

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    Monthly meetings (9 x 60) 480
    Booth at Oil and Gas Expo 5/22-23/18 250
    Oil and Gas Update presentation at Oil and Gas Expo 5/22/18 35
    Electronic distribution of OSHA info 1000
    TOTAL 1790
  5. Upcoming Milestones

    The Denver Area Office and DJB Safety Council will continue to focus on issues relevant to the industry and delivering information in a format conducive to achieving maximum impact to DJ Basin Safety Council members. We will also continue to provide outreach regarding Region VIII's Regional Emphasis Program on oil and gas as well as other national initiatives. It should be noted that Colorado is the 6th most active state for oil and gas development and there were no fatalities since November 2017 in Colorado. This alliance has done an excellent job of providing information to members to reduce serious injuries occurring in the industry.