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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
and
Buckeye STEPS

September 30, 2016


  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

      November 24, 2015

    2. Evaluation Period

      November 2016 – November 2017

    3. Overview

      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).

    4. Implementation Team Members

      OSHA

      Larry Johnson – Area Director, Columbus OSHA
      Melissa Linton – Compliance Assistance Specialist, Columbus OSHA

      Alliance participant

      Joe Greco – President, Buckeye STEPS

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • December 12, 2016
    • February 3, 2017
    • June 2, 2017
    • November 3, 2017
    • December 1, 2017

    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.

  3. 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
    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 Recordkeeping electronic submittal, 1910 Walking Working Surfaces updated standard and the Respirable Crystalline Silica rule. Heat, Falls, Oil and Gas, Construction 250
     
    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 Mobile Engine NIOSH/OSHA/National STEPS hazard alert, NIOSH Protecting Oil and Gas Workers from Hydrocarbon Gases and Vapors video, and the OSHA oil and gas e-tool updated transportation module. Oil and Gas, Small Business 450
    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 cold weather PPE best practices, Recordkeeping electronic submittal, 1910 Walking Working Surfaces updated standard, Respirable Crystalline Silica rule, Safe + Sound Week, National Fall Prevention Stand Down, and Heat Illness Awareness campaign. Heat, Falls, Oil and Gas, Small Business, Construction 200
    Speech/Presentation CAS co-presented with National STEPS and NIOSH representatives at the National Safety Council annual conference in Indianapolis, IN. The session discussed how STEPS networks have partnered with NIOSH and OSHA. Oil and Gas 25
     
    TOTAL  925
  4. Evaluations

    Buckeye STEPS has a new president who began towards the end of 2017. The new president will be working towards increasing participation with the organization.

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    The alliance is planning on renewing the agreement in February 2018.

Report prepared by: Melissa Linton, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Columbus Area Office, January 11, 2018.

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