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


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association (PIOGA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and PIOGA hereby form an Alliance to provide PIOGA 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 worksite hazards and addressing compliance issues. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and PIOGA recognize that OSHAs State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and PIOGA will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
  • Provide expertise to develop training and education programs for oilfield workers regarding understanding of safe work procedures, the safety regulations that apply to them, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.
     
  • Deliver and arrange for safety courses directed to the Oil and Gas Industry.
     
  • Identify hazards which affect the workers in the oilfield industry and means to minimize or eliminate the causes or frequency.
     
  • For OSHA to become a resource for the clarification of regulations as they apply to different operations and procedures.
OSHA and PIOGA will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
  • Provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHAs and the PIOGA Participating Membership Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
     
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHAs or PIOGAs conferences, local meetings, or other out-reach events.
     
  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding PIOGA best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by PIOGA and through OSHA or PIOGA developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
     
  • Promote and encourage PIOGA members or worksites participation in OSHAs cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
     
  • Encourage PIOGA chapters and/ or worksites to build relationships with OSHAs Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues, including clarification of regulations.
OSHA and PIOGA will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • Raise others awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever PIOGA leaders address groups.
     
  • Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and publicize their results.
     
  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on compliance issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
OSHAs Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health. These Alliances have proved to be valuable tools for both OSHA and its Alliance participants. By entering into an Alliance with a party, OSHA is not endorsing any of that partys products or services; nor does the Agency enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular partys products or services.

An implementation team made up of representatives of both organizations will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. Team members will include representatives of Erie Area Office, Harrisburg Area Office, Pittsburgh Area Office and Wilkes-Barre Area Office. In addition, they will meet at least three times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.

This agreement will remain in effect for two years. A signatory may terminate it for any reason at any time, provided they give 30 days written notice. This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of signatories.

 



 
Theresa Naim
Area Director
Erie Area Office
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration



 
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Lou D. DAmico
Executive Directive
PA Independent Oil and
Gas Association



 
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Robert Szymanski
Area Director
Pittsburgh Area Office
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration



 
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Ralph Tijerina
Co-Chair Safety and
Health Committee
PA Independent Oil and
Gas Association



 
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Mark Stelmack
Area Director
Wilkes-Barre Area Office
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration



 
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Joe Sologub
Co-Chair Safety and
Health Committee
PA Independent Oil and
Gas Association



 
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Kevin Kilp
Area Director
Harrisburg Area Office
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration



 
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Samuel J. Gualardo
Program Director
Pennsylvania OSHA
Consultation Program
Indiana University of PA



 
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