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I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

April 20, 2004


The ALLIANCE was formed to help improve safety performance within the "Contractor Community" at the ExxonMobil Joliet Facility by utilizing the resources of the Contractors, OSHA and ExxonMobil to create a united effort to ensure that "nobody gets hurt" in the Joliet Refinery.

Implementation Team Members

OSHA - Calumet City Area Office
The ExxonMobil Joliet Refinery Contractor Safety, Health and Environmental Committee (CSHEC)
ExxonMobil Joliet Refinery Management Team

II. Implementation Team Meetings

  • Prior to signing the agreement, representatives of the implementation team met in March and April to discuss and to finalize the agreement.
  • In May and June 2004, the implementation team discussed ways to increase participation of contractors in the CSHEC and helped draft a letter to contractors who had not signed the alliance or been active in the CSHEC.
  • The Oversight Committee sent out the participation letter and by August 2004, the alliance had 100% participation from contractors working at the refinery.
  • In December 2004, as part of the educational and training goals of the alliance, the implementation team presented an update on the OSHA Recordkeeping requirements.

III. Activities and Products

Evaluation Period.

From April 20, 2004 to June 1, 2005, alliance activities were monitored and evaluated.

Alliance Activity and Products.

OSHA’s Recordkeeping presentation was part of the alliance’s initial training and education goals. Additionally, the training, education, outreach and communication goals include a new program initiated on January 18, 2005 – Contractor Hazard Recognition presentations. These presentations are held monthly for the craftspersons on site to educate them in the particular hazards that each craft faces in doing their work safely and professionally. Using the principles of the Loss Prevention System (LPS™), the Team has done group observations with an emphasis on tracking trends and reducing the at-risk behaviors as a group. Each month, the trends are reported and each contractor with deficiencies is provided with assistance by the Team to help raise the individual contractor’s performance. Additionally, we are re-formatting our meeting structures to allow for the continued participation of the hourly employees – those nearest to the work and to the risks involved.

IV. Results

Since the implementation of the ALLIANCE, our safety efforts have met with mixed success. While last year’s (2004) OSHA TRIR was under 1.00 at 0.91, the Team members recognized that we needed to do more to make our facility safer. The craft hazard presentations mentioned above coupled with the LPS™ observations have been instrumental in the 2005 y-t-d rate of 0.00.

Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals
Reached or Trained
Craft Hazard Presentations 600
Recordkeeping Presentation 55

IV. Upcoming Milestones

We are looking to renew the ALLIANCE at the end of 2005, at which time the Lo-Sulfur Diesel Project will be done and on-going maintenance and unit slow-downs will take place. Looking forward to 2006, the CSHEC should see an increase of activities and additional workers within the facility and the alliance will help to keep everyone focused on improving safety performance.

Report Prepared by:
Mr. William Coulehan – OSHA Calumet City
Mr. Joe Winkelman - CSHEC