ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
September 30, 2016
A. Date Signed
November 24, 2015
B. Evaluation Period
September 2015 – November 2016
The purpose of this Alliance is to establish a collaborative relationship with Buckeye STEPS' members with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by addressing hazards associated with oil and gas operations, and understand their rights and responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).
D. Implementation Team Members
- Deborah Zubaty
- Area Director, Columbus OSHA
- Melissa Linton
- Compliance Assistance Specialist, Columbus OSHA
- Joe Greco
- President, Buckeye STEPS
Implementation Team Meetings
- December 3, 2015
- April 1, 2016
- October 7, 2016
In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from both groups maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliance’s progress and 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 oil and gas safety and health issues 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.
- To develop effective awareness and education programs for Buckeye STEPS’ members regarding oil and gas safety and health issues including heat stress, vehicle operations, air contaminants such as silica and other chemical exposures, the Focus Four hazards (falls, electrical, caught-by, and struck-by hazards), and to communicate such information to member employers and workers.
Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached Dissemination CAS disseminated OSHA factsheets and wallet cards at the bi-monthly meetings. Oil and Gas, Small Business, Construction 150 Other CAS presented updates about OSHA initiatives, NEPs, LEPs, or standards at the bi-monthly meetings held in Cambridge, Ohio. Topics this year included information on the voluntary safety and health management program, Recordkeeping update, and the Respirable Crystalline Silica rule. Heat, Falls, Temporary Workers, Oil and Gas, Construction 500 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 including a link to OSHA on the Buckeye STEPS’ web site) to employers and workers in the industry.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or Buckeye STEPS’ conferences, local meetings, or other events.
- To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding good practices or 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 Dissemination Hot Work on Tanks NIOSH/OSHA/National STEPS hazard alert Oil and Gas, Small Business 250 Dissemination Broadcast and posting of monthly Buckeye STEPS meetings on YouTube and local public television channel. All monthly meetings have two safety and health topics presented by industry representatives. Oil and Gas, Small Business 500 Other CAS presented updates about OSHA initiatives, NEPs, LEPs, or standards at the bi-monthly meetings held in Cambridge, Ohio. Topics this year included information on the voluntary safety and health management program, Lockout/Tagout, National Fall Prevention Stand Down, and Heat Illness Awareness campaign. Heat, Falls, Oil and Gas, Small Business, Construction 400 TOTAL 1800
In fall 2015, Buckeye STEPS began to videotape each monthly meeting. The meetings were broadcast on a local public television channel multiple times a month. Additionally, the meetings could be viewed on YouTube and Buckeye STEPS website. This has given access to oil and gas companies and workers throughout the region. However, due to financial reasons, Buckeye STEPS has stopped the videotaping of the meetings in the summer of 2016.
None to report.
Report prepared by: Melissa Linton, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Columbus Area Office, November 21, 2016.Back to Top