AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCEBETWEENTHE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATIONU.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABORANDTHE ASSOCIATION OF ENERGY SERVICE COMPANIES
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and The Association of Energy Service Companies (AESC) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and the AESC hereby form an Alliance to provide AESC members and others in the well site services industry with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to hand and back hazards. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and the AESC recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and The AESC will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for well site services employees on hand and back hazards, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.
- Work with OSHA to provide the expertise to develop or utilize current workplace safety and health curricula on hand and back hazards to well site services employees.
OSHA and The AESC will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- Work with OSHA to provide the expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA’s and AESC’s Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or AESC’s conferences, local meetings, or other industry related events such as annual AESC Tradeshow and Conference.
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding AESC best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by AESC and through OSHA- or AESC-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars and lectures.
- Promote and encourage AESC members’ participation in OSHA’s cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and the Consultation Program and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
- Work with other Alliance participants on specific safety issues and projects, such as hand and back hazards for well site service employees, that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
- Encourage AESC chapters and member company worksites to build relationships with OSHA’s Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues such as hand and back hazards.
OSHA and the AESC will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- Raise others’ awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever AESC leaders address groups.
- Develop and disseminate case studies on reducing and preventing exposure to hand and back hazards illustrating the business value of safety and health and publicize their results.
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on workplace safety issues such as hand and back hazards for well site services employees to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace.
OSHA’s Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health. 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 any of that party’s products or services; nor does the Agency enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular party’s products or services.
An implementation team made up of representatives of both organizations 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. Team members will include representatives of OSHA’s Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs and any other appropriate offices.
OSHA will encourage State Plan States’ and OSHA Consultation Projects’ participation on the team.
This agreement will remain in effect for two years. Either party of this alliance 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 concurrence of both parties.
Jonathan L. SnareActing Assistant SecretaryOccupational Safety andHealth Administration
Kenny JordanExecutive DirectorAssociation of Energy Service Companies
Ken Gates DatePresidentAssociation of Energy ServiceCompanies