- Alliance Background
Date signed. October 28, 2004
Date Renewed. October 15, 2008
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
Implementation Team Members
Marianne McGee, OSHA
Rick Ingram, BP America Production Co.
Phil Brazil, H&P Drilling
Pat Marshall, SoTex Fuels
Phil Brazil, H&P Drilling
John Cantu, El Paso Oil and Gas
Bobby Baber, BP America Production Co.
October 16, 2007 through September 30, 2008
- Implementation Team Meetings
January 16, 2008 Following STEPS meeting Person to person
April 23, 2008 Following STEPS meeting Person to person
August 20, 2008 Following STEPS meeting Person to person
- Events and Products
Training and Education
Outreach and Communication
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 fatigue in the workplace, safety around wireline explosives, fall
protection, suspension trauma, machine guarding, MRSA, diesel theft, and the
elements of an effective safety and health program.
Best practices such as hand safety, ergonomics, and safe driving were shared
at the STEPS Network and subsequently posted on the website.
From the STEPS Network a workgroup was formed to address the possibility of
developing a common orientation in order to reduce the redundancy required of
contractors by the majors. Currently in order to work for any of the major oil
companies a contractor is required to send his employees to a separate
orientation for each of the majors. With the upcoming approval of the common
orientation program, SafeLandUSA, the contractor will only have to attend one
orientation program. SafeLandUSA will piloted in South Texas beginning January
2009. Additional details can be found at
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 www.stepsnetwork.com
On the SafeLandUSA website one of the STEPS member companies has posted a
Contractor HS&E toolbox to assist small employer in developing safety and
health polices. Additional details can be found at www.Safelandusa.org.
Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health
Similar industry networks have been formed in Oklahoma, West Texas, East
Texas, New Mexico and Wyoming. Currently other geographical areas such as
Louisiana, Houston, Colorado are beginning to organize similar networks.
Numerous STEPS members have assisted in the development of the various
networks through advising and mentoring.
Several STEPS members were involved in planning the First Annual OSHA Oil and
Gas Safety Conference in Houston December 2-3, 2008.
One STEPS member is on the advisory committee for the NIOSH National
Occupational Research Agenda for exploration and production.
The STEPS Network / OSHA Alliance has been very effective in creating an open
dialogue between the local oil and gas industry and OSHA as is illustrated by
the expansion of the network to other areas and the forming of the National
Exploration and Production Safety Network.
The participation of the STEPS membership in promoting safety and health in the
oil and gas industry has been visible through the OSHA Oil and Gas Conference,
SafeLandUSA, NIOSH NORA participation, and industry benchmarking.
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution,
53,769 English 3,049 Spanish
Training and outreach at the STEPS Network Monthly meetings (12)
attendees each month
Outreach to Devon contractors during annual meeting
Outreach to El Paso Production contractors during annual meeting
Numerous presentations by the STEPS President, Vice-President and Secretary
and OSHA to industry representatives
International Association of Drilling Contractors Rig Move Committee
Outreach to other areas interested in developing a STEPS Network in their
Participation by OSHA and STEPS members in the Texas Oil and Gas Association
October 17, 2007 STEPS meeting, fatality update, and presentations on fatigue in
the workplace, hunting safety, OSHA recordkeeping requirements.
November 21, 2007 STEPS Meeting, fatality update.
December 19, 2007 STEPS Meeting, fatality update.
January 16, 2008 STEPS Meeting, fatality update, and presentations on incident
trends for US land drilling operations, non-fatal statistics in the oil and gas
industry, and developing a safety and health program.
February 20, 2008 STEPS Meeting, fatality update, and presentations on pipeline
damage prevention and the national one call number, tension limiter device, and
March 19, 2008 STEPS Meeting, fatality update, and presentations on the OSHA
inspection process, and rigging.
April 23, 2007 STEPS Meeting, fatality update and presentation on severe
weather, planning for severe weather.
May 21, 2008 STEPS Meeting, fatality update and presentation on rigging.
June 18, 2008 STEPS Meeting, fatality update, and presentations on case
management, and heat related illnesses.
July 16, 2008 STEPS Meeting, fatality update, and presentations on MRSA, diesel
theft and mismatched hammer unions.
August 20, 2008 STEPS Meeting, fatality update, and presentations on the new
employer paid PPE standard, innovations in driver safety and working safely with
September 17, 2008 STEPS Meeting, fatality update, and presentations on
composite risk management, fire safety and prevention.