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

I. Alliance Background

Signed October 20, 2004

Alliance Overview

The purpose of the STEPS Network / OSHA Alliance is the establish a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful workplaces in the oil and gas industry in South Texas through training, outreach, and communication.

Implementation Team Members

Marianne McGee, OSHA
Rick Ingram, BP America Production Co.
Javier Balderas, Halliburton
Joe Bustamante, Professional Safety Associates Inc.


Tonna Marcyes, TDI Workers Safety
John Buehrig, ExxonMobil
Tony Jones, SANTOS USA
John Cantu, El Paso Oil and Gas
Ted Reed, BJ Services

Evaluation Period.

October 1, 2005 through September 30, 2006

II. Implementation Team Meetings

October 6, 2005
June 1, 2006
Halliburton Corpus Christi Office
Halliburton Corpus Christi Office
Person to person and teleconference
Person to person

III. Activities and Products

Training and Education

  • Events

    The goal of delivering hazard recognition training was met through the STEPS Network monthly meetings. Approximately three training sessions were conducted at each of the 12 monthly meetings. The subjects include but are not limited to emergency preparedness, hand safety, recording injuries and illnesses, OSHA inspection procedures, load securement, legal liabilities, sustainability and hazardous waste manifest requirements.

    Best practices such as hand safety, ergonomics, and safe driving were shared at the STEPS Network and subsequently posted on the website.

  • Products

    The STEPS Network has a website that consists of the meeting minutes and PowerPoint presentations of many of the topics presented at the monthly meetings. The website also contains safety alerts, recent incidents, best practices, etc. The website address is

Outreach and Communication

  • Events

    OSHA conducted training sessions including the CCAO Fatality Reduction Initiative, a review of the enhanced enforcement program, general OSHA information and recordkeeping.

    Two STEPS Executive Committee members did a presentation on the STEPS Network and their Alliance with OSHA and Texas Worker’s Compensation Commission (TWCC) at the Texas Safety Summit sponsored by the TWCC.

    The STEPS President and an OSHA representative met with contractors for a large independent and discussed recent fatalities and the STEPS Network.

    One STEPS member was approved as a Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star site.

Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

  • Events

    Many members of the STEPS Network are strong advocates for safety and health improvement in the oil and gas industry and actively discuss the issue at various meetings such as the American Petroleum Institute (API) local chapter meetings, Association of Energy Servicing Contractors meetings, as well as other industry meetings.

    The STEPS Past President and an OSHA representative met with representatives of the majors to discuss a possible unified orientation program. This project is currently under development and will require that all employees attend a unified orientation session that is recognized by the majors.

IV. Results

The STEPS Network / OSHA Alliance has been very effective in creating an open dialogue between the local oil and gas industry and OSHA. OSHA receives numerous inquires from the STEPS membership regarding safety and health issues and injury and illness recordability.

Type of Activity
(Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)
Number of Individuals
Reached or Trained
Training and outreach at the STEPS Network Monthly meetings (12) Approximately 60 attendees each month
Outreach to the local chapter of the AESC 40
Presentation to the Texas Safety Summit on safety and health in the oil and gas industry and the alliance Approximately 400 attendees
Outreach to Devon contractors during annual meeting 60
Outreach to El Paso Production contractors during annual meeting 30
Numerous presentations by the STEPS President, Vice-President and Secretary and OSHA to industry representatives
Texas Department of Insurance Office of Worker Safety taught classes on blood-borne pathogens, job hazard analysis and hazard communication 45
Radio Broadcast on SafeNation Radio on the STEPS Network
TOTAL 1295

V. Upcoming Milestones

Monthly training and outreach meetings are planned for the next year.

Due to the success it is recommended that this alliance be continued.

STEPS Activities for Oct. 2005 to Sept. 2006

October 16, 2005
November 16, 2005
December 21, 2005
January 17-20, 2006
January 18, 2006
February 15, 2006
March 15, 2006
April 19, 2006
April 26, 2006
May 4, 2006
May 17, 2006
May 18, 2006
June 1, 2006
June 6, 2006
June 14, 2006
June 21, 2006
June 29, 2006
July 19, 2006
August 16, 2006
August 19, 2006
September 20, 2006
STEPS meeting, fatality update
STEPS Meeting, fatality update
STEPS Meeting, fatality update
VPP audit of STEPS member, BP America
STEPS Meeting, fatality update, OSHA 300 Log and Summary requirements
STEPS Meeting, fatality update. TDI Quarterly training: Blood-borne pathogens
STEPS Meeting, fatality update, and Texas Oil and Gas Association seminar
STEPS Meeting, fatality update
Recordkeeping training for STEPS member
Presentation on STEPS for Devon Contractors
STEPS Meeting, fatality update. TDI quarterly training: Job Hazard Analysis
STEPS Executive Committee members (2) addressed the Texas Safety Summit
Planning meeting for June STEPS meeting
STEPS member BP America becomes a VPP Star
Fatality Reduction Initiative and STEPS info for AESC
STEPS Meeting, fatality update
Meeting with the Texas Oil and Gas Association regarding an alliance.
STEPS Meeting, fatality update and Fatality Reduction Initiative
STEPS Meeting, fatality update, and General OSHA Inspections. TDI quarterly training: Hazard Communication.
SafeNation Radio Broadcast re: STEPS
STEPS Meeting, fatality update, and Enhanced Enforcement Program