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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
El Paso Area Office and Lubbock Area Office
and
The Permian Basin Services, Transmission, Exploration and Production Safety Network
(PBSTEPS)

September 27, 2017


  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

      September 9, 2008; September 14, 2010; September 11, 2012, September 9, 2014 and re-signed on September 13, 2016.

    2. Evaluation Period

      September 9, 2016 through September 8, 2017

    3. Overview

      Positively impact the safety and health of employees in the Permian Basin engaged in the business of oil and natural gas exploration and production. The PBSTEPS Network meetings provide employers/employees information, guidance and access to training resources enabling them to provide their employees knowledge of OSHA standards in construction and general industry as well as safety topics relevant to operations and personal health and safety. Additionally, meeting participants have an opportunity to share lessons learned and best practices with their peers at every meeting.

    4. Implementation Team Members

      OSHA

      Diego Alvarado Jr., Area Director (A.D.), OSHA El Paso Area Office
      Elizabeth Linda Routh, Area Director (A.D.), OSHA Lubbock Area Office
      Abraham Arzola, Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS), OSHA El Paso Area Office

      The Permian Basin Services, Transmission, Exploration and Production Safety Network

      Andy Cobb, President, PBSTEPS
      Brad Norton, Vice President, PBSTEPS
      Karla Martinez, Secretary, PBSTEPS

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    09/13/2016
    10/11/2016
    11/08/2016
    12/13/2016
    01/10/2017
    02/14/2017
    03/14/2017
    04/11/2017
    05/09/2017
    06/13/2017
    07/11/2017
    08/08/2017

  3. Results

    The Permian Basin STEPS network continues to enjoy robust attendance. Companies involved sponsor the meetings and refreshments monthly. Involvement is the cornerstone on which the PB STEPS network was founded and each month people involve themselves in the business of keeping employees in the Permian Basin safe. The majority of attendees are safety personnel from various companies, and the information receive is then taken back to the employee population of each company. Meeting attendance at the Saulsbury Student Center on the campus of Odessa College during the current review period has remained consistent and has enabled Odessa College students the ability to obtain associates degrees in safety and attend local meetings.

      Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives

    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.

    Activity Type

    Activity Name/Summary

    Activity Type

    Activity Type

    Speech / Presentation AD Routh, AD Alvarado and CAS Arzola attended the Permian Basin STEPS meeting on September 13, 2016, and AD Routh gave a speech on current Oil and Gas fatalities occurring in the area, CAS Arzola gave a presentation on NIOSH's Oil and Gas Fatality Report and Statistics and AD Alvarado gave a speech regarding the Alliance renewal. OSHA Fact Sheets on the New and Improved Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses were distributed to all attendees. Oil and Gas, Construction, Small Business, Transportation

    1,280 (already captured)

     
    Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives: To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.

    Activity Type

    Activity Name/Summary

    Activity Type

    Activity Type

    Training: January Meeting OSHA Recordkeeping Update: Provided updated information on electronic reporting 300 logs for 2017 Oil and Gas, Construction, Small Business, Transportation

    1,400 (already captured)

     
    Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives: To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.

    Activity Type

    Activity Name/Summary

    Activity Type

    Activity Type

    September 2016 STEPS Meeting Re-sign Alliance between OSHA and Permian Basin STEPS Network Oil and Gas, Construction, Small Business, Transportation

    1,280 (already captured)

     
    Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives: To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by continuing to meet monthly and share best practices, discuss issues/near misses and continue to strive to make safety a big part of the culture in the oil and gas industry.

    Activity Type

    Activity Name/Summary

    Activity Type

    Activity Type

    Other Permian Basin STEPS Network Meeting: 9-16-2016 through 8-17 - 2017. Every meeting affords participants the opportunity to share a Lessons Learned from their individual companies Oil and Gas, Construction, Small Business, Transportation, Fall Prevention, Hazard Communication, Struck By, Cranes and Derricks, Driving, PPE, Walking Working Surfaces, Safety Leadership, and more

    16,190 (already captured)

    Other Permian Basin STEPS Network Meeting: 9-16-2016 through 8-17 -2017. Every meeting affords participants the opportunity to share a Best Practice from their individual companies Oil and Gas, Construction, Small Business, Transportation, Fall Prevention, Hazard Communication, Struck By, Cranes and Derricks, Driving, PPE, Walking Working Surfaces, Safety Leadership, and more

    16,190 (already captured)

      Training and Education

    Training and Education: To develop effective training and education programs for all types of employers and employees engaged in the oil and gas industry regarding fires/explosions, electrical, struck-by, falls and caught-by hazards, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.

    Activity Type

    Activity Name/Summary

    Activity Type

    Activity Type

    Training Monthly Permian Basin STEPS Network meeting: September 13, 2016 - Permian Basin road safety, contractor safety program, occupational hazards in the oilfield Oil and Gas, Construction, Small Business, Transportation, Fall Prevention, Hazard Communication

    1280

    Training Monthly Permian Basin STEPS Network meeting: October 11, 2016 - Team Leadership, Social Media Oil and Gas, Construction, Small Business, Transportation, Fall Prevention, Hazard Communication, PPE, Permit Required Confined Spaces, Fire Protection

    1370

    Training Monthly Permian Basin STEPS Network meeting; November 8, 2016 - Oilfield Theft Task Force, Seasonal Affected Disorder, Winter Weather Awareness Oil and Gas, Construction, Small Business, Transportation, Fall Prevention, Employee Wellness, Walking Working Surfaces, Hazard Awareness

    1390

    Training Monthly Permian Basin STEPS meeting: December 13, 2016 - Noise Induced Hearing Loss, Stop the Hurt recognition Oil and Gas, Construction, Small Business, Transportation, PPE

    1430

    Training Monthly Permian STEPS Network meeting: January 10, 2017 - OSHCON/SHARP, Lone Star Safety & Driving, Odessa College Internship Program, Safety Attitude Oil and Gas, Construction, Small Business, Transportation, Young Worker Programs, Safety Leadership

    1400

    Training Monthly Permian Basin STEPS Network Meeting: February 14, 2017 - Workers Compensation Fraud and Making Safety Personal Oil and Gas, Construction, Small Business, Transportation

    1370

    Training Monthly Permian Basin STEPS Network Meeting; March 14, 2017 - Contraband and Drugs, Distracted Driving, Diabetes Management Oil and Gas, Construction, Small Business, Transportation

    1450

    Training Monthly Permian Basin STEPS Network Meeting: April 11, 2017 - Wellness, Is It Worth It; IN-Vehicle Monitoring Systems Oil and Gas, Construction, Small Business, Transportation

    1140

    Training Monthly Permian Basin STEPS Network Meeting: May 9, 2017 - Drug Abuse Trends in Permian Basin; Keeping the Dust Down Oil and Gas, Construction, Small Business, Transportation

    1290

    Training Monthly Permian Basin STEPS Network Meeting: June 13, 2017 - Colon Health and Vendor Day Oil and Gas, Construction, Small Business, Transportation,

    1310

    Training Monthly Permian Basin STEPS Network Meeting: July 11, 2017 - Operation Lifesaver; Injury Management Oil and Gas, Construction, Small Business, Transportation

    1360

    Training Monthly Permian Basin STEPS Network Meeting: August 8, 2017 - ANSI Z 390 Update; Weather Safety Oil and Gas, Construction, Small Business, Transportation

    1400

     
    Training and Education: To develop effective training and education programs for employers and employees engaged in all facets of the oil and gas industry 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.

    Activity Type

    Activity Name/Summary

    Activity Type

    Activity Type

      No Activity    
     
    Training and Education: To deliver or arrange for the delivery of courses that will strengthen the knowledge base for hazard recognition of employees to prevent accidents and deaths in the oil and gas industry.

    Activity Type

    Activity Name/Summary

    Activity Type

    Activity Type

    Training Monthly Permian Basin STEPS Network Meeting: January 2017 - OSHCON & SHARP by Texas Department of Insurance Director Oil and Gas, Construction, Small Business, Transportation

    1400 (already captured)

    Training Monthly Permian Basin STEPS Network Meeting: September 13, 2016 - Permian Basin Road Safety Coalition Oil and Gas, Construction, Small Business, Transportation

    1280 (already captured)

      Outreach and Communication

    Outreach and Communication: 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 PBSTEPS Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.

    Activity Type

    Activity Name/Summary

    Activity Type

    Activity Type

    Other NIOSH; IVMS Systems; Roundtable discussion with NIOSH and STEP members regarding In-vehicle Monitoring system effectiveness Oil and Gas, Construction, Small Business, Transportation

    1140 (already captured)

     
    Outreach and Communication: To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or PBSTEPS conferences, local meetings, or other industry specific events.

    Activity Type

    Activity Name/Summary

    Activity Type

    Activity Type

    Event President Permian STEPS Network Spoke and attended OSHA Conference in December 16 Oil and Gas, Construction, Small Business, Transportation  
    Event Attended STEPS National STEPS Network Meeting at OSHA Conference in December 16 Oil and Gas, Construction, Small Business, Transportation  
     
    Outreach and Communication: To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding oil and gas industry good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.

    Activity Type

    Activity Name/Summary

    Activity Type

    Activity Type

     No Activity  
     
    Outreach and Communication: To work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on oil and gas industry that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

    Activity Type

    Activity Name/Summary

    Activity Type

    Activity Type

    Event Attended STEPS National STEPS Network Meeting at OSHA Conference in December 16 Oil and Gas, Construction, Small Business, Transportation, Fall Prevention, Hazard Communication  
     
    Outreach and Communication: To develop and disseminate case studies on inherent hazards regarding the oil and gas industry and publicize their results.

    Activity Type

    Activity Name/Summary

    Activity Type

    Activity Type

     No Activity  
    TOTAL  

    16,190

  4. Evaluations

    None for this Alliance

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    • The Permian Basin STEPS Network continually strives to bring relevant information at its monthly meetings to assist and promote safe operations in the Permian Basin area of West Texas.
    • The network conducts a food drive every December meeting to benefit the West Texas Food Bank.
    • The network will continue to promote the "STOP THE HURT" campaign as long as interest remains. The campaign focuses on encouraging employees to stop work or call attention to dangerous situations not only at work but in the public arena as well, recognition of participants is conducted at the December STEPS meeting and winners, chosen by the STEPS Board of Directors are awarded cash prizes, donated by sponsoring companies. All participants turning a STOP the HURT form receive a token gift for participation.
    • When topics relevant to the community-at-large are presented at the STEPS meeting we invite the community to share in those opportunities.
    • This network looks forward to continuing their association with the El Paso Area Office and the Lubbock Area Office.

    The Permian STEPS network has, and will continue to partner with Odessa's Medical Center Hospital to bring relevant health topics to the meeting participants. Topics relevant to all members, and their families presented during the review period included; Colon Health, Diabetes, Injury Management, Sleep Disorders, Noise Induced Hearing Loss and Prevention, Heart Health and Overall Fitness goals.

    September 9, 2018 will mark the 10-year anniversary of the original alliance signed between OSHA and the Permian Basin STEPS Network. We would like to plan a significant anniversary celebration at the meeting to be held on September 11, 2018.

    Report prepared by: Andy Cobb, Director of EH&S, Energen, September 27, 2017

    Report prepared by: Abraham Arzola, CAS, El Paso Area Office, September 27, 2017

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