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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Baton Rouge Area Office and Dallas Area Office
And the
ArkLaTex STEPS Network

July 7, 2017

  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

      July 8, 2015

    2. Evaluation Period

      June 8, 2016 through July 7, 2017

    3. Overview

      The Alliance with The ArkLaTex chapter of STEPS, and the Baton Rouge, Dallas Area OSHA Offices is directed towards reducing injuries, illnesses and fatalities in the Oil and Gas industry. The ArkLaTex chapter of STEPS offers industry Safety Managers.

    4. Implementation Team Members


      Basil Singh, Area Director, Dallas Area Office
      Dorinda Folse, Area Director, Baton Rouge Area Office
      Elias Vela, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Dallas Area Office
      Will Herbert, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Baton Rouge Area Office

      The ArkLaTex Chapter of STEPS

      Liz McDaniel, President ArkLaTex STEPS
      Phillip Crutcher, Executve Assistant

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS) Elias Vela presented briefings and Power-point presentations at monthly ArkLaTEX STEPS meetings, where an audience of approximately 20 were attentive and participated in question and answer sessions.

    The declining number of attendees at the monthly meeting resulted in the motion and decision by the ArkLaTex Chapter of STEPS, meetings to be changed to every 2 months after February 2017. Dallas OSHA CAS was engaged in other OSHA Outreach events and requested the Texas OSHCON Consultant Bruce Andrews, provide the OSHA Update ppt presentation during the April 2017 meeting. ArkLaTex STEPS Executive Assistant Phillip Crutcher emailed notice of cancellation of the June 2017 meeting on or about June 12, 2017.

    During CAS attendance at meetings, OSHA outreach literature was distributed to the attendees. CAS Elias Vela met with on a routine basis to discuss OSHA updates on regulations, Oil and Gas Industry accident statistics, navigating the OSHA website, and promoted attendance of the OSHA Oil & Gas Safety Conference in November of 2016.

  3. Results

    The following table summarizes the Alliance's activities in support of the goals in the Alliance agreement.

    Participation in the alliance has helped maintain and improve the knowledge and sharing of best practices. In addition to the meetings covering National Safety Stand-Down for Falls in Construction, heat stress, distracted driving, distracted driving policies, and other topics, information on fatality trends, and best practices, was provided. During these meetings, OSHA outreach literature was distributed to the attendees.

    These tables are best viewed on tablets, notebooks, or desktop computer screens.

    • Outreach and Communication: Develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and ways of communication such information working in Arkansas, Louisiana, and East Texas. To speak, exhibit, or appear at the Participants' conferences, local meetings, or other events.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    July 8, 2016Outreach PPT presentationFalls in Oil&Gas, struck-by, Heat stress.20
    Sep 14, 2016Outreach PPT presentationFalls in Oil&Gas, struck-by, Heat stress.12
    Oct 12, 2016Outreach PPT presentationFalls in Oil&Gas, struck-by.17
    Nov 9, 2016Outreach PPT presentationFalls in Oil&Gas, struck-by.14
    Dec 14, 2016Outreach PPT presentationFalls in Oil&Gas, struck-by.13
    Feb 8, 2017Outreach PPT presentationFalls in Oil&Gas, struck-by, Heat stress.9
    TOTAL  75
  4. Evaluations

    Previous evaluation was conducted on or about June 8, 2016.

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    The second Wednesday of every other month, the CAS will address the patrons of the ArkLaTex STEPS meetings and provide information on worker's rights to safe and healthful work environments and employer responsibilities.

Report prepared by: Elias Vela, CAS Dallas Area Office, July 7, 2017

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