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I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

March 30, 2005

Evaluation Period

March 30, 2006 - March 29, 2007

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
Mike Marshall
Steven St. Martin
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances
Directorate of Enforcement Programs
Region VI, Baton Rouge, Louisiana Area Office
   
AESC:  
   
Kenny Jordan
Pete Sandell
Mike Stovall
John Vidrine
Timothy Wells
Executive Director
Chairman, Executive Committee
President
Health, Safety and Environmental Committee
Chairman, Health, Safety and Environmental Committee

II. Implementation Team Meetings
 
February 12, 2007
December 14, 2006


December 4, 2006
July 13, 2006
Discuss draft Well Servicing Best Practices Fact Sheet, Teleconference
Discuss draft OSHA Potential Flammability Hazard Associated with Bulk Transportation of Oilfield Exploration and Production Waste Liquids Safety and Health Information Bulletin (SHIB), Teleconference
Meeting, Teleconference
Discuss draft Well Servicing Best Practices Fact Sheet, Teleconference

In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from both groups maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliance’s progress and results.

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.

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

    • 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 OSHA’s and AESC’s Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
    Products

    OSHA and AESC Alliance Web page


    OSHA is continuing to update the OSHA and AESC Alliance Web page that is posted on the Agency's Web site that includes the OSHA and AESC Alliance agreement, activities and events, products and resources and milestones and successes.

    Publications and Newsletters

    Information on the activities of OSHA and AESC Alliance appeared in 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 is continuing to review and provided comments on the OSHA Oil and Gas Rig Inspection Checklist for Drilling and Well Servicing Operations created by Steve St. Martin, Safety Engineer, OSHA Region VI Baton Rouge, Louisiana Area Office. The checklist was also added to the Agency’s Compliance Assistance Clearinghouse.

    OSHA's Electronic Assistance Tools

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

      • Linda Berryman, Devon Energy; Oklahoma City, OK
      • Joel Disatell, Halliburton; Houston, TX
      • Ken Houston, Key Energy; Midland, TX
      • Mitch Miller, Weatherford International, Ltd.; Lafayette, LA
      • Bill Robinson, Global Santa Fe; Houston, TX
    • 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.
    Events

    AESC Annual Health, Safety and Environmental Tradeshow and Conference, October 2-4, 2006, Ft. Worth, Texas


    On October 3, 2006, Richard S. Ranck, Jr., Lead Industrial Hygienist, Region VI, Ft. Worth, Texas Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation, "Conducting Oil and Gas Site Assessments," to over 120 attendees at the AESC Annual Health, Safety and Environmental Tradeshow and Conference in Ft. Worth, Texas.

    On October 4, 2006, Michael W. Talmont, Lead Industrial Hygienist, Region VI, Ft. Worth, Texas Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation, "Oil and Gas Industry - OSHA Update," to over 120 attendees at the 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.
    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 Agency’s revised draft Potential Flammability Hazard Associated with Bulk Transportation of Oilfield Exploration and Production Waste Liquids SHIB.

    Fact Sheet: Well Servicing Best Practices for Employers and Employees

    Through the Alliance, OSHA and AESC developed the fact sheet: "Well Servicing Best Practices for Employers and Employees." It identifies safety hazards associated with work performed on an oil or gas well and safe work practices/safety tips for employers and employees to help reduce or eliminate the risk of injuries or illnesses. The fact sheet was completed in February 2007.

    • 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.

      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 OSHA’s 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

    Through the Alliance Program, OSHA and AESC are continuing to work together to share information on the well servicing industry along with OSHA’s compliance assistance activities and cooperative programs. This positive relationship has led to the development of an AESC compliance assistance product; "Well Servicing Best Practices for Employers and Employees" fact sheet. The document identifies safety hazards associated with work performed on an oil or gas well and safe work practices/safety tips for employers and employees to help reduce or eliminate the risk of injuries or illnesses. It was completed in February 2007.

    OSHA representatives are also sharing their expertise through speaking at conferences on oil and gas industry safety and health issues and AESC members are participating on OSHA’s electronic assistance tools’ editorial boards. For example:

    • AESC members are continuing to serve on OSHA’s Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Servicing Safety and Health Topics page’s and eTool’s editorial boards.

    • On October 3and 4, 2006, Richard S. Ranck, Jr., Lead Industrial Hygienist, Region VI, Ft. Worth, Texas Area Office, USDOL-OSHA and Michael W. Talmont, Lead Industrial Hygienist, Region VI, Ft. Worth, Texas Area Office, USDOL-OSHA gave presentations to over 120 attendees at the AESC Annual Health, Safety and Environmental Tradeshow and Conference in Ft. Worth, Texas.
  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 6,245
Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Servicing Safety and Health Topics page 22,279
Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Servicing eTool 27,269
November/December 2006 – Well Servicing

"Executive Director’s Corner"

"AESC/OSHA Alliance Surges Forward"

"Timothy Wells Named 2006 Safety Person of the Year"
10,000
October 4, 2006 – AESC Annual Health, Safety and Environmental Tradeshow and Conference, Ft. Worth, Texas
Speaker: Michael W. Talmont, Lead Industrial Hygienist, Region VI, Ft. Worth, Texas Area Office, USDOL-OSHA
120
October 3, 2006 – AESC Annual Health, Safety and Environmental Tradeshow and Conference, Ft. Worth, Texas
Speaker: Richard S. Ranck, Jr., Lead Industrial Hygienist, Region VI, Ft. Worth, Texas Area Office, USDOL-OSHA
120
TOTAL 66,483

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 an Oil and Gas Rig Inspection Checklist for Drilling and Well Servicing Operations based on OSHA’s Oil and Gas Rig Inspection Checklist. AESC will also develop a matrix designed to provide a driller with a list of steps to follow in order to become a qualified driller. In addition, OSHA and AESC will sign an OSHA and AESC Alliance renewal agreement which will include revised goals to more appropriately address the organization’s areas of interest and activity.

In addition, AESC representatives will continue to serve on OSHA’s Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Servicing Safety and Health Topics page’s and eTool’s editorial boards and review and provide comments on the tools. AESC will also update the Safety section of its Web site to include links to the OSHA Alliance Program Web page and the OSHA and AESC Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site. The association will also post the Well Servicing Best Practices for Employers and Employees Fact Sheet on the association’s Web site.

Finally, AESC will promote OSHA compliance assistance materials and outreach resources and the OSHA and AESC Alliance through its monthly publication, Well Servicing and its Web site.

Report prepared by: Jess McCluer, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, April 10, 2007