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U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Houston North Area Office
And the
Greater Houston STEPS Network
May 16, 2016

  1. Alliance Background
    1. Date Signed
    2. February 18, 2014

    3. Evaluation Period
    4. February 18, 2015 to February 18, 2016

    5. Alliance Overview
    6. The Greater Houston STEPS Network alliance was formed to establish a collaborative relationship between the oil and gas onshore exploration and production industry, and the OSHA Houston North Area Office (HNAO). The alliance works to promote safety, health and environmental improvement in the exploration and production of oil and gas in the Houston area.

    7. Implementation Team Members
    8. OSHA

      Joann Figueroa, Area Director, OSHA, Houston North Area Office
      Jim Shelton, Compliance Assistance Specialist, OSHA, Houston North Area Office

      Greater Houston STEPS Network

      Mindy Stephens, President, Greater Houston STEPS Network

  2. Implementation Team Meetings
  3. The executive committee members and officers and the HNAO CAS meet regularly after monthly meetings to plan upcoming meetings and activities. The executive committee members assist the officers in lining up sponsors and speakers for the monthly meetings and facilitate the meetings.

  4. Activities, Events and Products
  5. Training and Education

    • The Greater Houston STEPS Chapter includes training and education for land based exploration and production operations. Greater Houston STEPS meetings are held each month on the third Tuesday at Groves Industrial Supply in Houston, Texas. One meeting was canceled due to weather during the year.
    • The meetings begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 11 a.m. 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 exploration and production operations.
    • Topics covered included: Heat stress, lockout/tagout, the science of safety culture, workplace violence, cybersecurity, incident response, and transportation safety. OSHA update, creating a positive safety culture, GHS and DOT, and PHMSA compliance
    • The OSHA-HNAO Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS) provided an OSHA Update presentation at each meeting. The CAS provided literature which included educational brochures, pamphlets and training materials on various topics.

    Outreach and Communication

    • The Greater Houston STEPS Network maintains LinkedIn, Facebook, and website pages that allow the chapter to post information about upcoming meetings, possible topics and speakers. The pages provide a place for safety discussions and to promote the Greater Houston STEPS Network.

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    • The Greater Houston STEPS Network 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.
  6. Results
    • The Greater Houston STEPS Chapter and meeting participation maintains a steady attendance in addition to the interest of members in becoming more involved with committees and Chapter leadership roles.
    • The topics and presentations covered allowed HSE professionals the opportunity to network with their peers, opportunities to discuss internal issues with other safety professionals and gain perspectives on solution that will protect employees from occupational hazards in their workplace.
    • Meeting attendance averaged between 40-50 employers and employee participants depending on topics and area oil and gas activities.
    • The Greater Houston STEPS Network email list has approximately 800 contacts and new hazards and information on new OSHA regulations is distributed during the monthly meeting notifications
    • The Greater Houston STEPS Chapter is increasing its outreach message and communication through social media sites.
    Type of Activity Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    11 Monthly Meetings @ 50 each 550
    TOTAL 550
  7. Upcoming Milestones
  8. The Alliance between OSHA and the Greater Houston STEPS Network concluded February 18, 2016. The Alliance has been very successful and the Alliance is expected to be renewed in the future.

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