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


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    09/09/2008 and renewed on 09/14/2010

    Overview:

    To promote safe and healthful working conditions for workers in the Permian Basin who are engaged in one form or another in the business of oil and gas and also to help people get into, stay in, expand and improve their small business in the Permian Basin area which includes southeast New Mexico. Provide employers with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them provide to their employees knowledge of safety and health hazards of construction and general industry with a focus on the four major hazards: falls, electrical, struck by and caught in between.

    Evaluation Period:

    09-2010 through 09/2011

    Implementation Team Meetings:

    10/12/2010
    11/09/2010
    12/14/2010
    01/11/2011
    02/08/2011
    03/08/2011
    04/12/2011
    05/10/2011
    06/14/2011
    07/12/2011
    08/09/2011

  2. Events and Products

    Training and Education:

    • Events - Presentations and training provided at the PBSTEPS monthly meetings
    • October 12, 2010: Accident Investigation
    • November 09, 2010: Accountability; FR Clothing and care; H2S
    • December 14, 2010: Food Drive for Midland County Food Bank and session on Restraint of Fluid System.
    • January 11, 2011: Training on portable fire extinguishers (inspection of) and discussion about distracted driving (texting) from parents who lost their daughter in a motor vehicle accident involving texting.
    • February 08, 2011: Evacuation and landing zones emergencies in remote locations; Abrasive blasting; Injury prevention.
    • March 08, 2011: Lessons learned and best practices (shared by the group)
    • April 12, 2011: Safety Culture presentation by NIOSH; Severe Weather; a presentation on the various ways to test for drugs in employees.
    • May 20, 2011: Presentation by OSHA on inspections and what to expect during one; Static Electricity basics; Fall Protection 
    • June 14, 2011: Working in hot environments; a presentation on Runaway Diesel engines in a flammable atmosphere.
    • July 12, 2011: Workers Compensation Fraud; Workover/Completion Rig Safety Issues.
    • August 09, 2011: Short Service Employees: Musculoskeletal Disorders
    • Products: PowerPoints for most of the presentations are available for download on the PBSTEPS (www.pbsteps.net) website.

    Outreach and Communication:

    • Events: All of the events (meetings) that occur monthly have some element of outreach. An OSHA representative is almost always present.
    • Products

      No products have yet to be developed under this alliance. However, the concept of this network has grown throughout Region VI as well as other Regions in OSHA. This group continues to enjoy being the best attended meeting in the region.

    • Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health
    • Events: Each meeting has some element of dialogue on workplace safety.
  3. Results:

    This Safety Network has enjoyed great success. There is a website and many companies involved help sponsor the meeting place and refreshments for the monthly meetings. Involvement is key and each month, the involvement grows. Most of the attendees are safety personnel from companies and the information/training they receive from these meetings is taken back to the employee population of each company which makes the total magnified by thousands.
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  5. Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)

    Number of Individuals Reached or Trained

    1. October 12: Accident Investigation.

    114

    2. November 09: Accountability; FR Clothing and care; H2S

    95

    3. December 14: Food Drive and Restraint of Fluids

    120

    4. January 11: Distracted Driving

    125

    5. February 08: Evacuation and landing zone.

    120

    6. March 08: Lessons learned and best practices

    80

    7. April 12: Safety Culture by NIOSH; Severe weather; drug testing information

    115

    8. May 10: OSHA inspections; static electricity and fall protection

    115

    9. June 14: Working in heat; runaway diesel engines

    115

    10. July 12: Workover Completion and Worker's Comp Fraud

    115

    11. August 09: Short Service employees; Musculoskeletal disorders

    115

    TOTAL

    1,219


  6. Upcoming Milestones
  7. The Permian Basin STEPS Network has exceeded expectations as far as content and involvement of the oil and gas community. Out of this and the south Texas network, others have continued to blossom throughout the region as well as in other OSHA regions. The networks have become connected and a National STEPS is now in place and takes an active role in the bi-annual Oil and Gas Safety Conference. This network has a food drive every Christmas season since it's inception and each year, the number of pounds of food increases.

    This network looks forward to continuing their association with the El Paso AO and the Lubbock DO.