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  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed


    March 24, 2012

    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.

  2. Implementation Team Members

    Implementation team members included: Steve Langlinais, Greene's Energy Group; Brian McCann, Premier; Marcus Fitzgerald, CETCO Energy Services; Dwayne Doucet, Greene's Energy Group; Alexander Novas, OSHA-BRAO; Mike Crenshaw, Power Torque Services.

    Contributors

    Rick Ingram, BP North American Gas; Marianne McGee, OSHA-Corpus Christi Area Office.

    Evaluation Period

    March 24, 2012 - March 24, 2013

  3. Implementation Team Meetings

    The executive committee members and officers meet every two weeks via conference or in person to plan upcoming meetings. The executive committee members assist the officers in lining up sponsors and speakers at the bimonthly meetings as well as facilitate the meetings.

  4. Events and Products

    Training and Education


    Events - The South Louisiana STEPS Chapter includes training and education for both land and offshore operations. South Louisiana STEPS meetings are held every other month on the third Thursday of the month at the Safety Management Systems (SMS) Training Academy in 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.

    Topics covered during the past year included: regulatory updates affecting the Gulf of Mexico operations (land and offshore), Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS), fall protection, hazard recognition, motor vehicle load securement, heat stress/illness prevention, new synthetic drugs in the work place, industry safety alerts & lessons learned.

    South Louisiana STEPS hosted the kick-off meeting for Louisiana Oil and Gas Industry participation in the OSHA, Region VI voluntary stand down, January 2013 through March 1, 2013. Companies that participated utilized the stand down to stop all work and conduct focused safety meetings for their production sites. The meetings provided effective communication of safety policies, goals and expectations through all levels of production.

    The OSHA-BRAO Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS) provided OSHA Update presentations at each meeting. The CAS provided literature which included educational brochures, pamphlets and training materials.

    In addition to employer presenters South Louisiana STEPS has hosted speakers from the National Institution of Occupational Health (NIOSH), OSHA, the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC), and representatives from OSHA, Region VI.

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    South Louisiana STEPS has been successful in creating a large network of 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 is currently developing a website that will allow the chapter to post information about upcoming meetings, possible topics and speakers, allow a place to have safety discussions and a place to promote South Louisiana STEPS and the other chapters around the nation. Additionally the STEPS group is beginning to reach additional people through social media sites.

  5. Results

    The South Louisiana STEPS Chapter and meeting participation continues to grow, in addition to the interest of members in becoming more involved with committees and Chapter leadership roles.

    The topics and presentations covered allowed Health Safety and Environmental (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 averaged between 40-60 employers and employee participants depending on topics and area oil and gas activities. South Louisiana STEPS competes with other safety networks and occasionally major events such as the Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition.

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    6 bimonthly meetings 312
    Stand Down Kick-Off Meeting 40
    TOTAL 352

  6. Upcoming Milestones

    The South Louisiana STEPS is reaching its fifth year of existence and is entering its third year of the alliance with the OSHA, Baton Rouge Area Office. A renewal of the current alliance agreement is planned for 2013.

    Plans for the upcoming year include building on the strong base of accomplishments from the previous year. The Chapter will continue to expand its influence in South Louisiana through Chapter activities that enhance the safety and health efforts of the industry's employers and employees using the social media accounts and the creation of the website. Additionally South Louisiana STEPS has partnered with SMS Training Academy to provide a single meeting location for every meeting. New members have joined the executive committee bringing new perspectives towards continued growth of the organization.