AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
CORPUS CHRISTI AREA OFFICE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
SOUTH TEXAS EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION SAFETY NETWORK (STEPS)
TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE, DIVISION OF WORKERS' COMPENSATION
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Corpus Christi Area Office, The STEPS Network, and the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation (OSHCON) continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA, OSHCON, and The STEPS Network hereby renew the Alliance signed October 20, 2004 and renewed October 18, 2006, October 15, 2008, April 18, 2011, April 17, 2013 and April 15, 2015, with a continued emphasis on reducing injuries and illnesses in the oil and gas exploration, production and product transmission. Specifically, OSHA and OSHCON are committed to providing STEPS members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). Through the Alliance, the organizations will continue to address reducing employee exposure to all hazards in the oil and gas exploration and production industry and raising awareness of safety issues within the industry.
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 the STEPS Network recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation 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 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 safety and health hazards in the oil and gas industry to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
- To promote participation in the OSHCON program.
Training and Education
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education objective:
- To develop effective training and education programs for STEPS members regarding various safety and health hazards in the oil and gas industry, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
- To deliver effective training for STEPS members 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.
Outreach and Communication
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication objective:
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at oil and gas conferences, local meetings, or other significant events.
- To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding best practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures developed by the participants.
- To work with other STEPS Networks throughout the nation to share information.
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 work plan, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least two 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 Corpus Christa Area Office in conjunction with the appropriate OSHCON team members.
This agreement will remain in effect for five 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 19th day of April, 2017.
- Travis Clark
- Area Director, Corpus Christi Area Office
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- Ryan Brannan
- Commissioner of Workers' Compensation
- Texas Department of Insurance,
- Division of Workers' Compensation
- Chris Williams
- STEPS President
- South Texas Exploration and Production Safety Network (STEPS)