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

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed.

December 21, 2006

Alliance Overview.

The purpose of the alliance was to use the collective education and experience of the Lyondell Chemicals Company, Morris Complex Contractor Safety Council and the OSHA's Aurora Area Office to improve safety performance with the "Contractor Community" at the Lyondell/Basell VPP Star facility, increase participation by small contractors in the contractor safety meetings, and address hazards specific to contractor activities in the petrochemical plant by utilizing the resources of the alliance members.

Implementation Team Members.

Nancy Quick, CAS, Aurora;
Chairman of the Lyondell Contractor Safety Council – Mark Hazzard (Brieser). Previous chairman was Emiliano Chavez (Basic Industries).
Mark Sasek, HSES Manager, Morris Complex, Lyondell Chemical Company;

II. Implementation Team Meetings

Implementation Team Meetings were held in conjunction with the monthly Lyondell Contractor Safety Council meetings. Meetings were held on June 7, 2007 and December 12, 2007.

III. Activities and Products

Evaluation Period.

This report covers December 21, 2006 to December 21, 2007

Alliance Activity.

The Lyondell Contractor Safety Council meetings are held monthly. These meetings are an excellent opportunity for contractors to share information. Even incidents at other chemical plants are reviewed to help prevent an occurrence at this site.
The Alliance set the following 2007 goals:
  • Develop criteria guideline for onsite safety representatives
  • Increase MARS quality participation and data review
  • Increase MIO HSE Policy Reviews
  • Implement IH Program
  • Share Best Practices with other councils
  • Increase communication with contractors

In addition, the following Contractor Safety Council Goals were set:
  • Increase participation in delivering walk-about message
  • Share new safety technology
  • Improve incident reporting.

The Lyondell Contractor Safety Council has developed action plans and tracked completion of these goals. Some of the activities completed include the following:
  • Conducted MARS training for Contractor Supervisors and Safety personnel
  • Established contractor IH program requirements and training
  • Conducted visits to other contractor safety councils (i.e. Exxon Mobil)

Alliance Products.

Alliance activities have been incorporated into procedures and policies for contractor activities in the Lyondell plant as opposed to the production of “stand alone” products through the alliance.

IV. Results

This Alliance provided valuable technical information to residential contractors.

Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals
Reached or Trained
Kick-off meeting for OSHA alliance to discuss goals, etc. Approx 40 members attended the Lyondell Contractor Safety Council meeting.
Presentation on Contractor VPP Star certification – December 12, 2007 Approx 40 members attended the Lyondell Contractor Safety Council meeting.

V. Upcoming Milestones

The site had 150 consecutive days "injury free" in 2007. This is quite an accomplishment considered the work and construction operations at a petrochemical plant.

The Alliance has successfully promoted participation in the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) for members of the Lyondell Contractor Safety Council. Thus far, two contractors have submitted applications for the VPP and one onsite evaluation has been completed. Several other contractors will also be submitting applications for participation in the VPP.

Report Prepared by: Nancy M. Quick, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Aurora Area Office.