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December 17, 2010

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed.

    October 20, 2004 with the latest re-signing October 15, 2008. This alliance is to be renewed.

    Alliance Overview

    The STEPS alliance was formed to establish a collaborative relationship between the oil and gas onshore exploration and production industry and the OSHA Corpus Christi Area Office (CCAO) to improve the safety performance in South Texas. Through the years the alliance has expanded its focus beyond South Texas and has fostered the formation of similar networks in Oklahoma, West Texas, East Texas, Houston, South Louisiana, New Mexico, Wyoming, Colorado, and Illinois.

  2. Implementation Team Members.

    Implementation team members included John Cantu, El Paso Production Company; Bobby Baber, BP North American Gas; Pat Marshall, South Texas Fuels; Ted Reed, BJ Services; Rick Ingram BP North American Gas; and Marianne McGee, OSHA Corpus Christi Area Office.

    Evaluation Period

    October 2009 to October 2010

  3. Implementation Team Metings:

    January 20, 2010 - A meeting was held following the STEPS meeting to discuss the direction of the alliance and the areas requesting assistance in forming similar networks. STEPS Executive committee members Rick Ingram and Ted Reed agreed to speak at the kickoff meeting for the Illinois Basin STEPS Network scheduled for April 29, 2010.

    April 19, 2010 – A teleconference meeting was held with the Officers and Executive Committee Members. STEPS members John Beuhrig, ExxonMobil and Rick Ingram, BP America Production Company are assisting in the planning of the 2010 OSHA Oil and Gas Conference.

    July 21, 2010 – A meeting was held following the STEPS meeting with the Officers and Executive Committee Members to plan future meetings.

    October 20, 2010 – A meeting was held following the STEPS meeting with Officers and Executive Committee Members. All agreed to continue the alliance with OSHA. The Texas Department of Insurance is now interested in becoming a signatory to the alliance.


  4. Events and Products

    Alliance Activity.

    Training and Education: Monthly STEPS meetings are held the third Wednesday of the month from 8a.m. to noon. At each meeting there are three or four presenters on various safety and health topics which are relative to the industry. The topics are selected on their applicability to the industry and current events and safety performance. The STEPS alliance has been effective in delivering hazard recognition training to its members throughout the South Texas Network. Approximately three informational training sessions are conducted at each monthly South Texas STEPS Network meeting. Topics include industrial hygiene in the oil and gas industry, the new crane standard, fall protection requirements, safety and health program development, driving safety, the enforcement of the FRC usage, and much more. An average of 85 people attend each monthly meeting.

    An indirect product of the STEPS alliance has been the development by industry of the common orientation known as SafeLandUSA. The purpose of SafeLandUSA is to provide an effective 8 hour orientation to contract employees that will be recognized by the major producers. The benefit of this program will be a more consistent safety orientation from the producers and less time spent by the contract employees in orientation sessions that provide duplicate information. For more information visit the SafeLandUSA Web Page.

    Outreach and Communication: The South Texas STEPS Network members have assisted in developing STEPS Networks in Oklahoma, New Mexico, West Texas, East Texas, Fort Worth, Houston, Louisiana and Illinois. Several existing groups have chosen to become part of the National STEPS Network in an effort to coordinate communications throughout the industry. Existing networks that have combined with the National STEPS Network include The Western Slope Safety Council (Colorado) and Western Wyoming Community College.

    The South Texas STEPS membership has conducted extensive outreach to the oil and gas exploration and production industry. The STEPS members encourage their counterparts and competitors to attend the monthly STEPS meeting and expand their safety and health knowledge and to improve the safety performance of the industry.

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health: The STEPS Network has been effective in creating a large network of individuals and groups in the oil and gas industry with the common goal of improving the safety performance. A National STEPS Network have been created to allow better communication through the networks and to assist in improving the lives of the workers.

    The 2010 OSHA Oil and Gas Conference was held in December 20108 in Dallas, Texas with nearly 1200 attendees. Three members of the South Texas STEPS Network were on the planning committee for this two day conference.

    A National STEPS Network website was developed by the South Texas group. The website currently lists the various STEPS networks and either a link to their website or contact information including their meeting dates, times, location and contact information.

    In July 2010 the OSHA National Office contacted the CCAO Compliance Assistance Specialist requesting participation of the STEPS Network in talks with the National Office and International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC), Association of Energy Servicing Companies (AESC), and American Petroleum Institute (API) regarding fire retardant clothing (FRC) and the recent enforcement memorandum. Members of the South Texas STEPS, Permian Basis STEPS, and Mid Continent STEPS Networks traveled to Washington D. C. August 16, 2010 to participate in this meeting.

  5. Results

    A. The STEPS alliance has been integral in elevating safety in the exploration and production industry throughout the United States. As a result of the South Texas STEPS alliance at least 10 other networks have been formed to promote safety and health. An added benefit has been the improved communication between OSHA and the industry.

    B.

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)

    Number of Individuals Reached or Trained

    12 Monthly meetings

    Approximately 85 per meeting, for a total for 1020

     

     

    TOTAL

    1020


  6. Upcoming Milestones

    The STEPS alliance will be submitted for continuation with the addition of the Texas OSHCON program included as a signatory.

    Report Prepared by: Marianne McGee