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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT

THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION (OSHA) CHARLESTON AREA OFFICE
And
APPALACHIAN STEPS NETWORK

May 30, 2019


  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed:

      May 03, 2017

    2. Evaluation Period:

      May 03, 2018 – May 30, 2019

    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 Specials, Charleston Area Office (retired)
      Anthony Milam- Compliance Assistance Specialist, Charleston Area Office

      Alliance participants

      Doug West, President of ASN
      Chris Warnick, VP of ASN
      Brittney Orwick, Secretary of ASN

      Board Member Meetings

      • 06/21/2018
      • 08/16/2018
      • 10/18/2018
      • 12/13/2018
      • 02/07/2019
      • 04/02/2019

      ASN Members Meetings

      • 05/17/2018 – NIOSH O&G updates and falls stand-down by Miller – 45 in attendance
      • 07/19/2018 – drug and legal implications to safety theme – 55 in attendance
      • 09/20/2018 – emergency management theme – 51 in attendance
      • 11/15/2018 – national motivational safety speaker Rich McElhaney
      • 01/17/2019 – safety management systems theme – 49 in attendance
      • 03/21/2019 – PPE theme – 55 in attendance
      • 05/16/2019 – driving safety theme – 58 in attendance

      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

    MeetingSix formal meetings with Board and Safety Committee to discuss current safety topics, OSHA outreach information and other relevant safety informationOil and gas
    Safety and Health Programs/Systems
    Fall Prevention
    Heat Stress
    Small Business
    Approximately 55 per meeting reaching 3,500 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 250 directly and 3,500 thru dissemination.
    Speech / Presentation
    Exhibit
    CHAO CAS made presentations and participated in safety/health discussions at bi-monthly ASN member 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 3,500 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
    Focus Four Hazards
    Silica
    Workzone Safety
    Fall Prevention
    Heat Stress
    Young Workers
    3,500
    DisseminationAppalachian STEPS Network's website is utilized to provide safety bulletins. Training sessions are also placed on the website Construction
    Workzone Safety
    Safety and Health Programs/Systems
    Fall Prevention
    Heat Stress
    Hazard Communication
    Silica
    Oil and Gas
    Small Business
    Recordkeeping
    3,500 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 meetingsThe 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
    250 directly and 3,500 through dissemination
    TrainingASN utilizes experts to conduct training and information Multiple training sessions are provided to ASN attendees at bi-monthly meetings180 employees and employers
    TrainingCHAO CAS conducted one training session for meetings on Excavation safety and participated in discussions on complaints, recordkeeping, SVIR Filing a complaint250 directly and 3,500 indirectly
    TrainingAppalachian STEPS provided two speakers to present an overview of oil and gas industry operations for the Region III CSHO In-service Training event on May 15, 2019.Oil / Gas Industry
    Operations Overview
    40 OSHA staff

    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 topicsSafety and Health Programs/Systems
    Fall Prevention
    Heat Stress
    Worker Rights
    Employer Rights and Responsibilities
    Oil & Gas
    Recordkeeping
    Silica
    Workzone Safety
    Driving/Truck Safety
    250 directly and 3,500 indirectly
    DisseminationThroughout 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
    3,500
    Meetings / disseminationThroughout 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,250 reaching 3,500
  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 Reviewed By: Anthony Milam, CAS Charleston Area Office

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