Region 8 - Alliance Renewal Agreement - November 13, 2017


The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Denver Area Office and Mountain States Energy Alliance (MSEA) continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and MSEA hereby renew the Alliance signed August 29, 2013 and August 24, 2015, with a continued emphasis on reducing exposure to hazards in the oil and gas industry. Specifically, both organizations are committed to providing Mountain States Energy Alliance 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).

This renewal agreement provides a framework and objectives for the Alliance's activities. Alliance participants will summarize specific activities and timeframes for completion in a written work plan.

Through the Alliance, the organizations will continue to address hazards identified by OSHA emphasis programs, strategic areas of interest and OSHA campaign efforts. The Alliance will also explore and implement selected options to evaluate the effectiveness of the Alliance and measure the impact of its overall effort on improving workplace safety for employers and workers.

Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following goals related to raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:

  • To share information on OSHA's National/Regional/Local Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
  • To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on OSHA strategic focus hazards, hydrocarbon exposures, fire/explosion, falls, struck by hazards and transportation/driving hazards to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
  • To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by attending quarterly safety and health implementation committee meetings and training opportunities generated through the alliance.

Training and Education

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • To assist in the delivery of effective training and education programs for Mountain States Energy Alliance members, including front line employees, regarding safety and health hazards related to oil and gas well servicing operations, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
  • To deliver or arrange for training events during the term of the agreement. Training may be delivered via webinar and/or appearances at MSEA or OSHA events.

Outreach and Communication

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and the MSEA web site) to employers and workers in the industry.
  • To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information to employers and workers in the industry.
  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or MSEA's conferences, local meetings, or other events.
  • To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding MSEA members good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
  • To work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on safety and health in the oil and gas well servicing industry that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
  • To develop and disseminate case studies on various safety and health issues related to oil and gas operations and publicize their results.

OSHA's Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives, training and education, and outreach and communication. These Alliances have proved to be valuable tools for both OSHA and its Alliance participants. By entering into an Alliance with a party, OSHA is not endorsing or promoting, nor does it intend to endorse or promote, any of that party's products or services.

An implementation team made up of representatives of each organization will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least three times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. OSHA team members will include representatives of the Denver Area Office and any other appropriate offices.

This agreement will remain in effect for four years. Either signatory may terminate it for any reason at any time, provided they give 30 days written notice. This agreement may be modified at any time with the written concurrence of both signatories.

Signed this 13th day of November, 2017.

Herb Gibson
Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Tom Sisk
Vice President
Mountain States Energy Alliance