Alliance - An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Association of Energy Service Companies (AESC)


I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

March 30, 2005

Evaluation Period

March 30, 2005 March 29, 2006

Overview

Through the OSHA and AESC Alliance, the organizations are working together to provide AESC members and others in the well site services industry with information, guidance, and access to training resources to protect employees health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to hand and back hazards.

Implementation Team Members

 
OSHA:  
   
Jess McCluer
Steven St. Martin
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances
Region VI, Baton Rouge, Louisiana Area Office
   
AESC:  
   
Ken Gates
Kenny Jordan
Mike Stovall
John Viderine
Timothy Wells
President, 2005
Executive Director
President, 2006
Chairman, Health, Safety and Environmental Committee
Health, Safety and Environmental Committee

II. Implementation Team Meetings
 
March 30, 2005
July 28, 2005
November 14, 2005
January 11, 2006
March 17, 2006
Kick-off meeting, OSHA, Washington, DC
Meeting, Teleconference
Meeting, Teleconference
Discuss draft OSHA Safety and Health Information Bulletin (SHIB), Teleconference
Meeting, Teleconference

III. Results
  1. Events and Products

    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.
    Products

    OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Gas and Well Training Course


    AESC provided OSHA with training material, e.g. videos and manuals to Frank Perrino, OSHA Training Institute instructor for use in the OTI Oil and Gas Well Training Course that will be held August 1-3, 2006 in Midland/Odessa, Texas.

    • 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.

      The OSHA and AESC Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.
    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 OSHAs and AESCs Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
    Products

    OSHA and AESC Alliance Web Site


    OSHA developed an OSHA and AESC Alliance Web site that is posted on the Agency's Web page that includes the OSHA and AESC Alliance agreement, news releases, and activities and events. This Web site is updated on a regular basis.

    Publications and Newsletters

    Information and news releases on the OSHA and AESC Alliance signing and the activities of the Alliance have appeared in publications such as BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter, OSHA Up to Date, and Well Servicing. For more information on the articles, see "Alliance Program Reach" in this report.

    OSHA Oil and Gas Rig Inspection Checklist for Drilling and Well Servicing Operations

    AESC reviewed and provided comments on the OSHA Oil and Gas Rig Inspection Checklist for Drilling and Well Servicing Operations that was created by Steve St. Martin, Safety Engineer, OSHA Region VI Baton Rouge, Louisiana Area Office.

    OSHA's Electronic Assistance Tools

    The following AESC members are participating on the editorial boards of the following OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages and eTools:

      Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Servicing Safety and Health Topics page:

      • Ken Houston, AESC, Key Energy; Midland, TX
      • Mitch Miller, AESC, Weatherford International, Ltd.; Lafayette, LA
      • Eric Rosemann, AESC, Grey Wireline; Azle, TX
      • Lyn Sockwell, AESC, Basic Energy Service, LP; Midland, TX
      • Brett Taylor, AESC, Taylor Rigs, LLC; Catoosa, OK
      • John Vidrine, AESC, Moncla Well Service, Inc; Lafayette, LA
      • Timothy Wells, AESC, Petrohawk Energy Corporation; Houston, TX
      Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Servicing eTool:

        Linda Berryman, AESC, Devon Energy; Oklahoma City, OK
      • Joel Disatell, AESC, Halliburton; Houston, TX
      • Ken Houston, AESC, Key Energy; Midland, TX
      • Mitch Miller, AESC, Weatherford International, Ltd.; Lafayette, LA
      • Bill Robinson, AESC, Global Santa Fe; Houston, TX
    • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHAs or AESCs conferences, local meetings, or other industry related events such as annual AESC Tradeshow and Conference.
    Events

    AESC Permian Basin Chapter Meeting, November 16, 2005, Odessa, Texas


    Violet Hobbs, Safety Engineer, Region VI, Lubbock, Texas Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, made a presentation on OSHA's Alliance Program to 40 attendees at the AESC Permian Basin Chapter Meeting November 16, 2005 in Odessa, Texas.

    AESC Annual Health Safety and Environmental Conference, September 12-14, 2005, Austin, Texas

    Joann Natarajan, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Region VI Austin, Texas Area Office, USDOL-OSHA and Ron Tom, Texas Workers Compensation Commission, Workers' Safety and Health Division staffed an OSHA and AESC Alliance exhibit at the AESC Annual Health Safety and Environmental Conference September 12-14, 2005 in Austin, Texas.

    During the conference, they distributed OSHAs compliance assistance and cooperative program information. In addition, Joann Natarajan and Ron Tom made a presentation about OSHA's cooperative programs, including OSHAs Alliance Program and Onsite Consultation Program, to 40 attendees on September 13, 2005.

    • 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.
    Products

    OSHA Potential Flammability Hazard Associated with Bulk Transportation of Oilfield Exploration and Production Waste Liquids Safety and Health Information Bulletin (SHIB)


    AESC reviewed and provided OSHA with comments on the Agencys draft Potential Flammability Hazard Associated with Bulk Transportation of Oilfield Exploration and Production Waste Liquids SHIB. OSHAs Directorate of Science, Technology and Medicine is revising the document and will provide it to AESC for additional comments.

    Well Servicing Best Practices Seminar

    In the Summer 2005, OSHA and AESC agreed to pursue developing a one to two day best practices seminar focusing on well servicing pipefitting. AESC member, Moncla, volunteered its facility in Lafayette, Louisiana to host the seminar. The seminar would include presentations on well servicing pipefitting best practices along with tours of the facility. The implementation team agreed to schedule the workshop in late January/early February 2006. However, OSHAs Regions IV and VI informed DCSP that they were focusing on hurricane recovery efforts, and as a result were unable to participate in the proposed seminar.

    As a result, the implementation team agreed to follow up with OSHA Regions IV and VI in Fall 2006 to see when they would be able to participate in a Well Servicing Pipefitting Best Practices Seminar.

    • Promote and encourage AESC members participation in OSHAs cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and the Consultation Program and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

      The OSHA and AESC Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.

    • 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.

      The OSHA and AESC Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.

    • Encourage AESC chapters and member company worksites to build relationships with OSHAs Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues such as hand and back hazards.

      The OSHA and AESC Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.
    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health Goals

    • Raise others awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever AESC leaders address groups.

      The OSHA and AESC Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.

    • 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.

      The OSHA and AESC Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.

    • 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.

      The OSHA and AESC Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.
  2. Executive Summary

    During the OSHA and AESC Alliance's first year a working relationship was established between the organizations. OSHA learned more about the well servicing industry and AESC learned more about the compliance assistance resources and cooperative programs that the Agency has developed. As a result, OSHA and AESC representatives are sharing their expertise through providing information for OSHAs training programs, participating on electronic assistance tools editorial boards and speaking and exhibiting opportunities.

    For example:

    • AESC provided OSHA with training material e.g. videos and manuals, for use in the OTI Oil and Gas Well Training Course.

    • AESC reviewed and provided comments on the OSHA Oil and Gas Rig Inspection Checklist for Drilling and Well Servicing Operations.

    • AESC members are serving on OSHAs Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Servicing Safety and Health Topics and eTool editorial boards.

    • Joann Natarajan, Compliance Assistance Specialist, OSHA Region VI Austin, Texas Area Office, USDOL-OSHA and Ron Tom, Texas Workers Compensation Commission, Workers' Safety and Health Division, staffed an OSHA and AESC Alliance exhibit and made a presentation to 40 attendees about OSHA's cooperative programs at the 2005 AESC Annual Health Safety and Environmental Conference.

    • Violet Hobbs, Safety Engineer, Region VI, Lubbock, Texas Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, made a presentation on OSHA's Alliance Program to 40 attendees at the AESC Permian Basin Chapter Meeting.
  3. Alliance Program Reach
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
OSHA and AESC Web site on OSHA's Web page 5,253
Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Servicing Safety and Health Topics page 24,915
Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Servicing eTool 24,606
November 16, 2005 AESC Permian Basin Chapter Meeting, Odessa, Texas

Speaker: Violet Hobbs, Safety Engineer, OSHA Region VI, Lubbock, Texas Area Office
40
AESC Annual Health Safety and Environmental Conference, September 12-14, 2005, Austin, Texas

Alliance Program Exhibit
175
September 13, 2005 AESC Annual Health Safety and Environmental Conference, Austin, Texas

Speakers: Joann Natarajan, Compliance Assistance Specialist, OSHA Region VI Austin, Texas Area Office

Ron Tom, Texas Workers Compensation Commission, Workers' Safety and Health Division
40
June 2005 "OSHA Alliances," National Safety Council - OSHA Up To Date Data Not Available
April 2005 - "OSHA Aligns with the Association of Energy Service Companies," AvantResources - OSHA Watch, (www.avantresources.com) Data Not Available
April 2005 "Energy Industry Targeting Hand and Back Injuries," Facilities Management News (www.fmlink.com) 30
April 2005 "OSHA Aligns with Oil, Gas Well Industry," BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter Data Not Available
April 15, 2005 "National Alliance Program Activity," Seton Compliance Resource Center, (www.setonresourcecenter.com) Data Not Available
April 15, 2005 "OSHA Signs Alliance with Energy Service Companies," Compliance Magazine, (www.compliancemag.com) Data Not Available
April 15, 2005 OSHA includes information on the OSHA/NUCA Alliance signing in its bi-weekly e-newsletter; QuickTakes 38,000
March/April 2005 "Presidents Outlook," Well Servicing 10,000
March 30, 2005 "OSHA Aligns with the Association of Energy Service Companies," OSHA press release announcing Alliance 69 News Services
TOTAL 103,059

IV. Upcoming Milestones

The OSHA and AESC Alliance Implementation Team has discussed a number of activities that will be undertaken in the upcoming year. For example, AESC will develop a Well Servicing Best Practices Fact Sheet that will focus on topics e.g. personal protective equipment, addressed in the in the organization's Recommended Safe Procedures & Guidelines for Oil & Gas Well Servicing safety handbook.

In addition, AESC will continue to be a member of OSHAs Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Servicing Safety and Health Topics page and eTool editorial boards. The AESC representatives will review and provide comments on the tools. AESC will also review OSHAs draft Potential Flammability Hazard Associated with Bulk Transportation of Oilfield Exploration and Production Waste Liquids SHIB.

OSHA and AESC are also working to develop a one to two day best practices seminar focusing on well servicing pipefitting. The seminar would include presentations on well servicing pipefitting best practices along with tours of an AESC member facility. The teams will follow up with OSHA Regions IV and VI in Fall 2006 to see if they are interested in participating in the seminar.

Finally, AESC will promote OSHA compliance assistance materials and outreach resources and the OSHA and AESC Alliance through its monthly publication, Well Servicing. OSHA will also promote the products the Alliance produces in the Alliance Quarterly Review and through sending the information on the resources to OSHAs Regional, Area Office, Onsite Consultation Program and State Plan State Representatives.


Report prepared by: Jess McCluer, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, June 29, 2006