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  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    August 16, 2010

    Alliance Overview:

    Provide Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association membership with training and educational opportunities, make available resources to communicate clarification of OSHA regulations, and promote a national dialogue of workplace safety and health.

    Implementation Team Members

    Doug Mehan, Chairman PIOGA Safety and Health Committee; Matthew Streams, Chairman PIOGA Drilling Subcommittee; Mark Harmon, Compliance Assistance Specialist, OSHA Erie Area Office.

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    There were two conference calls during this time period between the Implementation Team Members.

  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period

    August 16, 2010-August 16, 2011

    Alliance Activity

    • Training and Education

      Two (2) presentations were conducted as follows:

      May 3-6, 2011, Roger Willis, President, Universal Well Services, Inc., PIOGA Board of Directors Member, OSHA Oilfield Introduction Course, Universal Well Services Training Center, Meadville, PA; 3.5 days (three days classroom, and one half day field trip), 36 OSHA personnel from various area field offices, including some regional and national office were attending.

      July 20, 2011, Dan Bowen, Technical Marketing Specialist, DuPont Personal Protection, Flame Resistant Clothing (FRC) Burn Test, Penn College, Williamsport, PA, 2.5 hours, 40 people were attending.

    • Outreach and Communication

      Mark Harmon, Compliance Assistance Specialist, OSHA Erie Area Office, attended ten (10) of the monthly meetings of the PIOGA Safety and Health Committee at the Wexford, PA, headquarters. Theresa Naim, Area Director, OSHA Erie Area Office, attended two (2) of these meeting.

    • Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health

      Region 3 OSHA has approached PIOGA and other oil and gas industry contacts to explore the prospects of starting a STEPS Network in Pennsylvania. The STEPS Network is an acronym for Service, Transmission, Exploration and Production Safety Network. Originally started in 2003 at the OSHA Area office in Corpus Christi, TX, by Marianne McGee, Compliance Assistance Specialist. Now approximately twelve (12) such safety networks exist and are promoting safety and health within the upstream US oil and gas industry. Rick Ingram, National STEPS Network Chairman, scheduled meetings in PA and WV to discuss starting two (2) new STEPS Networks in the Appalachian Basin.

  4. Results

    Outreach and Communication that was delivered to PIOGA members will enable them to be more aware of hazards in their industries.

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)

    Number of Individuals Reached or Trained

    There were 12 contact sessions conducted with hundreds of publications distributed.

    Approximately 30 PIOGA members attend the monthly safety committee meetings; a few participate by conference call. Additional 36 OSHA personnel attended Oil Field Intro course and 40 PIOGA members attended the FRC Burn Test session.

    TOTAL 12

    Total 376

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    This Alliance continues and the most requested presentation is for Oil and Gas safety. There are record number of drillers working in Western Pa and New York and there is a need for training and information.

    The Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association is interested in continuing this Alliance.

    Report Prepared by: Mark Harmon, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Erie Area Office

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