AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
DALLAS REGIONAL OFFICE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
THE ASSOCIATION OF ENERGY SERVICE COMPANIES
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Dallas Regional Office and The Association of Energy Service Companies (AESC) recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and AESC hereby renew the Alliance signed September 24, 2013, and renewed on February 17, 2016, with a continued emphasis on providing AESC members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to all hazards in the Well-Servicing industry and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).
This renewal agreement provides a framework and objectives for the Alliance's activities. Alliance participants will summarize specific activities and timeframes for completion in a written work plan.
Through the Alliance, the organizations will use relevant injury, illness, and hazard exposure data when appropriate to help identify areas of emphasis for Alliance awareness, outreach, and communication activities. The Alliance will also explore and implement selected options to evaluate the effectiveness of the Alliance and measure the impact of its overall effort on improving workplace safety for employers and workers. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and AESC recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site OSHA Consultation (OSHCON) Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort, and that information about the products and activities of the Alliance may be shared with these partners for the advancement of common goals.
Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following objectives related to 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 convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on Well-Servicing industry safety and health issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on related safety and health issues.
Training and Education
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education objectives:
- To develop effective training and education programs for Well-Servicing regarding Rig Inspections and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
- To develop effective training and education programs for Well-Servicing to promote understanding of workers' rights, including the use of the OSHA complaint process, and the responsibilities of employers and to communicate such information to workers and employers.
- To deliver or arrange for the delivery of 10-Hour Safety courses.
- To promote participation in the OSHCON program, and utilize OSHCON's extensive video library.
Outreach and Communication
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication objectives:
- 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 OSHA's and the AESC Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry. OSHA will write an article quarterly for the Well-Servicing magazine.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or AESC conferences, local meetings, or other Oil and Gas Safety Conference events.
- To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding AESC good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants. Deliver or arrange for delivery of well-servicing field-training courses for OSHA compliance and consultation officers.
- To promote the AESC Alliance with other OSHA offices to foster interaction within other areas of the country.
OSHA's Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives, training and education, and outreach and communication. 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 or promoting, nor does it intend to endorse or promote, any of that party's products or services.
An implementation team made up of representatives of each organization will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. 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. OSHA team members will include representatives of the Dallas Regional Office and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA On-site Consultation Projects' participation on the team.
This agreement will remain in effect for three years. Any 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 written concurrence of all signatories.
Signed this 17th day of April, 2018
- Kelly C. Knighton, CSP
- Regional Administrator, Region VI
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- Joe Freeman
- President 2016-2018
- Association of Energy Service Companies