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U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Baton Rouge Area Office
And the
South Louisiana, Service Transmission Exploration and Petroleum Safety (STEPS)
Network #203

July 17, 2016

  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

      March 24, 2011 and renewed on July 16, 2015

    2. Evaluation Period

      July 16, 2015 to July 16, 2016

    3. Alliance Overview

      The South Louisiana Service Transmission Exploration and Production Safety (STEPS) Network alliance was formed to establish a collaborative relationship between the oil and gas onshore exploration and production industry, and the OSHA, Baton Rouge Area Office (BRAO). The alliance works to promote safety, health and environmental improvement in the exploration and production of oil and gas in South Louisiana.

    4. Implementation Team Members

      Dorinda Folse, Area Director (AD), OSHA, BRAO
      Alexander Novas, Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS), OSHA, BRAO

      South Louisiana STEPS
      William Hunter, Whistler Energy; Dwayne Doucet, Gridiron Safety Solutions; Whitney Mayers, PEC; Marcus Fitzgerald, CETCO Energy Services; Jeffery Peatros, Global Safety and Training; Daniel Slattery, Safety Pro Resources; Scott Rainey, Quest Safety Solutions; Keith Richard, Shell.

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    The executive committee members and officers meet via conference call to plan for the upcoming meeting. The executive committee members assist the officers with lining up sponsors and speakers at the bimonthly meetings as well as facilitate the meetings.

  3. Activities, Events and Products

    Training and Education

    • South Louisiana STEPS includes training and education for both land and offshore operations. South Louisiana STEPS meetings are held every other month on the third Thursday and held at the Safety Management Systems (SMS) Training Academy Lafayette, Louisiana.
    • The meetings begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at noon with multiple speakers and presentations. The speakers for each meeting vary and the topics covered relate to the oil and gas industry for both land and offshore operations.
    • The OSHA-BRAO, CAS provided OSHA Update presentations at each meeting. The CAS provided literature which included educational brochures, pamphlets and training materials.

    Outreach and Communication

    • South Louisiana STEPS maintains a LinkedIn page along with a Facebook and a website page that allows the chapter to post information about upcoming meetings, possible topics and speakers. The pages provide a place for safety discussions and to promote South Louisiana STEPS along with other STEPS Network chapters around the nation.
    • The BRAO, CAS provided daily e-mail updates to officers and executive committee members on current events related to occupational safety and health. The information provided is further distributed throughout the industry.

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    • South Louisiana STEPS has been successful in creating a large network of Health Safety and Environmental (HSE) and operations personnel with the singular goal of reducing work related injuries and improving HSE performance.
    • In conjunction with National STEPS Chapter, communication and efforts of the individual chapters has been bolstered and the recognition increased across the United States as a national player in promoting safe work and zero injuries in the oil and gas industry.
    • South Louisiana STEPS annually recognizes Workers’ Memorial Day as a day of remembrance for fallen workers and communicates related information to members and others in the industry.
    • South Louisiana STEPS recognizes and communicates information relating to national initiatives such as, the 2016 National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Fatalities in Construction.
    • South Louisiana STEPS representatives annually attend the OSHA Oil & Gas Safety and Health Conference.
  4. Results

    • The topics and presentations covered allowed HSE professionals the opportunity to network with their peers, opportunities to discuss internal issues with other safety professionals & gain perspectives on solution that will protect employees from occupational hazards in their workplace.
    • Meeting attendance continued to average between 20-40 employers and employee participants depending on topics and area oil and gas activities. South Louisiana STEPS competes for attendance with other safety networks and occasionally major events such as the Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition.
    • South Louisiana STEPS is increasing its outreach message and communication through social media sites.



    Number of Individuals Reached or Trained

    May 2015

    Dropped Objects Safety & Quality “Improvement Driven”


    July 2015

    Generational Gap & Its effects on safety in the oil and gas industry Heat Stress awareness


    September 2015

    Diesel Engine Runaway Sharp Program


    November 2015

    Most Useless program in your safety manual Crane Safety Well Control Training


    January 2016

    State of LA Oil and Gas Industry


    March 2016

    Compliance Beyond Competency BSEE SEMS update


    May 2016

    Worker Memorial Update Hazard Recognition




  5. Upcoming Milestones

    The South Louisiana STEPS is reaching its seventh year of existence and is entering its fourth year of the alliance with the OSHA, BRAO. A renewal of the current alliance agreement is planned for the coming year.

    Report prepared by: Alexander Novas, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Baton Rouge Area Office

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