Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Region III


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed: April 23, 2009

    Date Renewed: N/A

    Alliance Overview.

    The Appalachian Oil and Gas Safety Consortium Alliance was developed to provide the Appalachian Oil and Gas Consortium 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 outcome was for all Alliance Members to be granted Train the Trainer status at the conclusion of development of this course.

    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

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    April 23, 2009, S.W. Jack Drilling, Elkview, WV Alliance goals presented and discussed; Scope of industry training needs discussed, Alliance signed

    November 12, 2009 State Fire Training Academy, Jacksons Mill, WV Discussed status of curriculum development and explanation given of three tracks of training for site preparation, drilling, and production areas; Discussed changes in training matrix, Draft curriculum module developers established along with topics for their module. Consensus was to proceed on three tracks.

    January 14, 2010, Euro Suites, Morgantown, WV - Discuss draft modules for curriculum; Demonstrations/instruction materials and picture depository that has been set up for companies and signatories to submit photos for use in courses.

    March 4, 2010, Waterfront Place Hotel, Morgantown, WV Discussed scope and progress of Alliance efforts; Presentations given by industry experts on various topics relevant to gas drilling; Curriculum development efforts were reviewed.

    Jeff Funke, Area Director, spoke by telephone with Jim Barnes of the Directorate of Training and Eduction during the timeframe of this evaluation period to discuss implementation of the gas and oil 10 and 30 hour curriculums and to get guidance on any prerequisite course work that would be required. The exact date of that conversation is unknown.


  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period.

    The annual evaluation covers April 23, 2009 to April 23, 2010.

    Alliance Activity.

    • Development Plan for 10 hour, 30 hour, and Train the Trainer courses with three tracks (site preparation, drilling, production), which has national implications in that it would be offered through OSHA Directorate of Training and Education for the entire gas drilling industry nationwide.
    • Advisory workgroup teams formed to work on topics for 10 hour, 30 hour, and Train the Trainer courses and develop course modules.  These modules have been developed and a Draft was completed January 1, 2010.
    • Presentations to the alliance group by industry experts on safety and health issues relevant to the gas drilling industry

    Alliance Products

    • The Alliance group determined that for oil and gas safety and health training, there should be 3 modules of which each module would be specific to the uniqueness of the job. Workgroups and sub-groups were formed from both the implementation team and other interested parties to work on a final product. Training modules are being developed for various safety and health topics relevant to each area of the gas drilling industry which will be applicable to the gas drilling industry as a whole, as well as more specialized issues which may be included at the discretion of the instructor.

  4. Results

    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:


  5. 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 (Approximately 30-35)

    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 (Approximately 30-35)

    01/14/2010, Discussed draft modules for curriculum; Demonstrations/instruction materials and picture depository that has been set up for companies and signatories to submit photos for use in courses.    

    Attendees from WVU Ed Center, Oil & Gas community and CHAO AD (Approximately 30-35)

    March 4, 2010, Waterfront Place Hotel, Morgantown, WV – Discussed scope and progress of Alliance efforts; Presentations given by industry experts on various topics relevant to gas drilling; Curriculum development efforts were reviewed.

     

    Attendees from WVU Ed Center, Oil & Gas community and CHAO AD, AAD and CAS (Approximately 30-35)



  6. Upcoming Milestones

    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 as well 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.

    Report Prepared by:
    Prentice Cline, Area Director, and
    Richard Jeffrey, Compliance Assistance Specialist.