April 23, 2009
The West Virginia Oil and Gas Alliance was developed to provide WV Oil and Gas members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to the four hazards (fall hazards, electrical hazards, struck by and caught in between hazards) identified as those causing the most injuries. The Alliance provides parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication, thus, promoting dialogue concerning workplace safety and health. The Alliance goals are broad, including development of training materials, outreach and sharing of information between OSHA and the oil and gas industry in the Appalachian basin, and promoting member participation in cooperative programs. The Alliance also serves to engage the oil and gas drilling industry and include them in relevant national relevant or significant workplace safety and health issues.
The initial Alliance activity thrust during the first year was for participants to come to a consensus on a concept and curriculum for a proposed 10 hour, 30 hour, and Train the Trainer course for the Gas and Oil Industry. The proposed outcomes were for all Alliance Members be granted "Train the Trainer" status at the conclusion of development of this course. The work in the second year (this evaluation period) included taking all the information provided by members, including oil/gas photos of equipment, hazards, and other information for use in development of the training. During this time, WVU was awarded a Susan Harwood Grant for development of a safety training course for the gas and oil industry. As a result, the information and pictures already developed as part of our Alliance was a good fit for inclusion in this effort. A subcommittee within the Alliance was formed to participate in the development and implementation of an 8 hours safety training course for the gas and oil industry per the Susan Harwood Grant. To date, over 350 people in the gas an oil industry have received this 8 hour training course, and approximately 35 people, including our Alliance members participated in train the trainer for this 8 hour class and are able to provide that training to their workers. Over the past year, there has also been development of ideas for additional products to be developed for use by our members including additional training courses which are specialized and specific to certain hazardous operations in the oil and gas industry. We continue to pursue the larger goal of developing a national 10 hr, 30 hr and Train the Trainer Course for the Gas and Oil Industry, but additional coordination is needed with the National Office and other stakeholders throughout the country to move that forward. However, our Alliance is a leader in that effort and the Alliance intends to continue to work toward that goal.
Implementation Team Members
Marianne Skeens of Noah Horn Well Drilling, Inc
Allicia Cook, Safey Assistant/Trainer
Mike John, Vice President Corporate Development
Steven T. Schlotterbech, President of EQT
Mark Hackett, President Energy Contractors, LCC
William Holbrook, Safety Coordinator Crossrock, Inc
Paul Morris, president Dallas-Morris Well Service, LLC
Mark Fullen, Program Director West Virginia University Safety and Health Extension
John Warren, Field Safety Representative Nomac Drilling
Nicholas DeMarco, Executive Director West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association
Jonathan L. Pennington, Managing Principal/CEO McCulley Easthan and Associated, Inc
Roger Willis, President Universal Well Service, Inc
Tommy Sharader, President Gas Field Service, Inc
Tom Morris, Vice President Dallas-Morris Drilling, Inc
Implementation Team Meetings
Events and Products
The annual evaluation covers April 23, 20010 to April 23, 2011.
A. The three areas of focus for outreach training have been identified (Site Preparation, Drilling and Production). A draft curriculum is nearing completion including the mandatory 7 hours of instruction along with the 2 hours of electives and the optional 1 hour.
B. Activities and Number of Individuals Reached:
|Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)||Number of Individuals Reached or Trained|
|04/23/2010 Group meeting to discuss and propose Alliance Goals; Alliance goals presented and discussed; Scope of industry training needs discussed, Alliance signed.||Attendees from WVU Ed Center, Oil & Gas community and CHAO AD, CHAO AAD and CAS|
|11/12/2010 Group meeting on curriculum and consensus decision to have 3 tracks for the 10 and 30 hours classes||Attendees from WVU Ed Center, Oil & Gas community and CHAO AD|
|05/20/2011||Area Director and Compliance Assistant met with West Virginia Ed Center representatives to gather information for Annual Evaluation|
|06/16/2011||Alliance meeting with members to receive a presentation on the National STEPS Program related to oil and gas safety.|
|06/20/2011||Area Director and CAS met with WVONGA to discuss industry support for the STEPS Program|
|07/21/2011||Alliance meeting held. Discussion of STEPS within group. An ad hoc committee was formed to plan future meetings and set agenda. Next meeting is to be telephonic.|
|08/11/2011||Telephonic conference with ad hoc committee for STEPS. Meeting place for next three meeting determined.|
A completed draft will be developed for the 10 hour Gas and Oil Industry course and presented to the Alliance group, and then forwarded to OSHA Office of Training and Education in the upcoming months. This will serve as the template for the 30 hour course which will be put together during the next one year period and submitted for approval. Pre-requisites for taking this course will also need to be worked out within the Alliance group, and with OSHA OTE. The Alliance met the goals established but can not determine the outcome of the OSHA Oil & Gas Train the Trainer Class.
Although the STEPS Network Program is on a sound track to move forward, the OSHA Charleston Area Office has decided to end the present Alliance and move to develop a new oil and gas alliance with the SETPS Program, the West Virginia Education Center and the State Consultation Program. The new OSHA Alliance will be signed once the STEPS Program has been nationally accepted by the STEPS National Network.
Report Prepared by:
Prentice Cline, Area Director, and Richard Jeffrey, Compliance Assistance Specialist.
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