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- Alliance Background
March 24, 2011
The South Louisiana Service Transportation Exploration and Petroleum 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.
- Implementation Team Members
Implementation team members included: Grady Savoie, BP; Steve Langlinais, Greene’s Energy Group; Vincent Wiltz, Falck Alford; Cecile Domingue, BP; Curtis Kenney, PMI; Jeanie Shuler, Premier; Chris Kuiper, Premier; Marcus Fitzgerald, CETOC Oil Field Services; Dwayne Doucet, Greene’s Energy Group; Alex Novas, OSHA-BRAO.
Construction Safety and Health Inc. was a signatory on the alliance, but did not participate in the alliance due to conflicts with when WDP wanted to schedule the worker OSHA 10 hour training sessions.
Rick Ingram, BP North American Gas; Marianne McGee, OSHA-Corpus Christi Area Office
March 24, 2011 – March 24, 2012
- 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.
- 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.
Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health
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, 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.
In addition to employer presenters South Louisiana STEPS has hosted speakers from the National Institution of Occupational Health (NIOSH), OSHA and the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC).
The topics and presentations covered allowed Health Safety and Environmental (HSE) professionals the opportunity to network with their peers, discuss issues and gain perspectives on protecting employees from occupational hazards.
Meeting attendance averaged between 50 -75 employer 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.
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 as a national player in promoting safe work and zero injuries.
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.
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 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.
Type of Activity
(Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)
Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
6 bimonthly meetings
Approximately 67 per meeting,
for a total for 402
- Upcoming Milestones
The South Louisiana STEPS is reaching its fourth year of existence and is entering its second year of the alliance with the OSHA, Baton Rouge Area Office.
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.