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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
THE CHARLESTON OFFICE (OSHA)
And
Appalachian STEPS Network
May 31, 2018


  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed:

      May 3, 2018

    2. Evaluation Period:

      May 3, 2018 – May 20, 2018

    3. Overview:

      The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Charleston Area Office and Appalachian STEPS Network (ASN) members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help protect employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to the hazards associated with the various phases of oil and gas extractions.

      Implementation Team Members:

      OSHA

      Prentice Cline – Area Director, Charleston Area Office
      Richard Jeffrey – Compliance Assistance Specialist, Charleston Area Office

      Alliance participant

      Matt Boggs, Chairperson of ASN, SWN

      Brittney Orweck, Secretary/ Delrick Corp

      Implementation Team Meetings

      • 07/07/2017
      • 08/17/2017
      • 12/07/2017
      • 01/18/2018
      • 04/18/2018

      ASN 2018 Members Meetings

      • 07/14/2017 – Meeting and training for members.
      • 08/17/2017 – Board Meeting and members meeting; planning  Blackline safety; quality control and proper inspection of equipment
      • 10/11/2017 – Canaan training for members Gas detection training
      • 12/07/2017 – Fairmont ST University Steptoe & Johnson Attorney training
      • 03/15/2018 – Morgantown members meeting and training
      • 05/17/2018 – Falls Stand-down training and meeting

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

  2. Results

    The following table summarizes the Alliance’s activities in support of the goals in the Alliance agreement.

    Raising Awareness of OSHA’s Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives:

    • To share information on OSHA’s National/Regional/Local Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
    • To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
    • To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on hazards associated with the heavy and highway construction industry to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
    • To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by working with member contractors, subcontractors and the heavy and highway joint union apprenticeship committees to promote workplace safety through informational materials, discussions, meetings, organizational events, and training.
    • Encourage employees to participate in OSHA Campaigns include Focus Four, Falls and Safe/Sound.

    Activity Type

    Activity Name/Summary

    OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported

    Number Reached

    Meeting

    Six formal meetings with Board and

    Safety Committee to discuss current safety topics, OSHA outreach information and other relevant safety information

    Oil and gas
    Safety and Health Programs/Systems
    Fall Prevention
    Heat Stress
    Small Business

    Approximately 30 per meeting reaching 3000 employees and members

    Speech / Presentation
    Exhibit

    CHAO CAS made presentations and participated in safety/health discussions at bi-monthly Board and Safety Committee meetings 

    Worker Rights
    Employer Rights and Responsibilities
    Construction
    Oil & Gas
    Fall Prevention
    Heat Stress
    Safety and Health Programs/Systems
    Recordkeeping
    Temporary Workers
    Hazard Communication
    Small Business

    Six meetings reaching 360 directly and 3000 thru dissemination.

    Speech / Presentation
    Exhibit

    CHAO CAS made presentations and participated in safety/health discussions at bi-monthly ASN meetings 

    Worker Rights
    Employer Rights and Responsibilities
    Oil & Gas
    Fall Prevention
    Heat Stress
    Safety and Health Programs/Systems
    Recordkeeping
    Temporary Workers
    Hazard Communication
    Small Business

    Six meetings reaching 180 directly and 3000 thru dissemination.

    Meetings
    Dissemination
    Speech / Presentation
    Training

    Throughout the year safety bulletins and info on OSHA Campaigns, and other matters affecting oil and gas are sent to ASN members.

    Worker Rights
    Employer Rights and Responsibilities
    Construction
    Silica
    Workzone Safety
    Fall Prevention
    Heat Stress
    Young Workers

    3,000

    Dissemination

    ASN’s website is utilized to provide safety

    Bulletins. Training sessions are also placed on website

    Construction
    Workzone Safety
    Safety and Health Programs/Systems
    Fall Prevention
    Heat Stress
    Hazard Communication
    Silica
    Oil and Gas
    Small Business
    Recordkeeping

    3000 employees reached

    Training and Education:

    • To review or provide input on effective training and education programs for attendee members and others regarding hazards associated with the oil and gas including heavy highway equipment, construction and to communicate such information to member attendees representing vast segments of the oil and gas industry.
    • To review or provide input on effective training and education programs for heavy and highway construction employers and employees to promote an understanding of workers’ rights, including the use of the OSHA complaint process, the responsibilities of employers, and to communicate such information to workers and employers.

    Activity Type

    Activity Name/Summary

    OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported

    Number Reached

    Meetings
    Dissemination
    Speech / Presentation

    ASN’s Board meets monthly to ascertain training requests and/or standards changes or additions. These meetings not only work on planning future training/educational events, they act as a forum to exchange safety and health technical information and best practices. OSHA update information by CHAO/CAS presented/discussed during these meetings

    The oil and gas areas Construction
    Workzone Safety
    Safety and Health Programs/Systems
    Fall Prevention,Wet gas
    Heat Stress
    Hazard Communication
    Silica
    Oil and Gas
    Small Business
    Recordkeeping

    180 directly and 3000 through dissemination

    Training

    ASN utilizes experts to conduct training and information

    Multiple training sessions are provided to ASN attendees at bi-monthly meetings

    180 employees and employers

    Training

    CHAO CAS conducted one training session for meetings on Excavation safety and participated in discussions on complaints, recordkeeping, SVIR

    Filing a complaint

    180 directly and 3000 indirectly

    Outreach and Communication:

    • To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA’s and the ASN Web site) to employers and workers in the industry.
    • To speak, exhibit, or appear at BEST conferences, local meetings, or other applicable events.
    • To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding BEST good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the Participants.

    Activity Type

    Activity Name/Summary

    OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported

    Number Reached

    Meetings
    Speech / Presentations Dissemination

    Activities include discussions and planning on a variety of safety/health topics

    Safety and Health Programs/Systems
    Fall Prevention
    Heat Stress
    Worker Rights
    Employer Rights and Responsibilities
    Oil & Gas
    Recordkeeping
    Silica
    Workzone Safety
    Driving/Truck Safety

    180 directly and 3000 indirectly

    Dissemination

    Throughout this evaluation period, the CHAO CAS has e-mailed information on Falls Standown, Focus Four, Silica, Severe injury Reporting, recordkeeping guidelines, Region III Focus Four Campaign,. ASN Board distributes the alerts to the Safety Committee via e-mail/website and to all members associate.

    Fall Prevention
    Construction, Silica, heat stress, worker rights, recordkeeping changes, Focus Four, confined space 

    3000

    Meetings / dissemination

    Throughout this evaluation period CHAO CAS met with ASN’s Board informally on three occasions to discuss outreach and updates. In addition dozens of phone calls to discuss safety issues relevant to ASN members.

    Falls, Multi worksite policy, enforcement issues, Silica,

    Three reaching three thousand.

  3. Evaluations

    The activities provided during this evaluation period were well received. The member representatives and the recipients of the safety and health outreach activities/communications found the information valuable in assisting them in promoting and improving their safety and health efforts at their oil and gas site preparation, drilling and production sites.

    The individuals reached by the outreach activities/communication activities represent companies/unions with many employees/members that would be directly affected by the safety and health information provided. The working relationship between the Alliance Signatories and the feedback on the Alliance continues to be very positive.

    Upcoming Milestones

    The Alliance continues to look at future opportunities in providing information for affected parties. The Alliance has been an excellent medium for OSHA to convey OSHA update information to Alliance participants and share the most recent information on oil and gas site preparation, drilling and production. The Alliance Signatories will continue to work together to address the safety and health needs of the affected parties.

    Report Prepared by: Richard Jeffrey, CAS Charleston Area Office

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