Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Region VI


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    Originally signed on April 23, 2007; revision signed on June 11, 2007 and alliance renewed on September 12, 2011.

    Overview:

    Alliance between the United States Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration and The West Texas Safety Training Center was established as a collaborative relationship to foster a safety and more healthful workplace for Americans working in the oil, gas, construction, chemical and refining industries. The goal of the Alliance is to save lives, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to hazards such as falls from elevations, struck-by and caught-in-between objects, and electrocution.

  2. Implementation Team Members:
  3. Phil Young, Sheila Schulmeyer

  4. Contributors
  5. John Higgins and Vicki Watkins

    Evaluation Period:

    August 31, 2010 through September 1, 2011

  6. Implementation Team Meetings:


  7. Events and Products:

    WTSTC partnered with Weatherford to teach the Safe Start behavioral based safety course.

    During October, 2010, WTSTC implemented a process to reduce the time required to complete the Respiratory Fit-Testing Process. This has proven to be very popular with WTSTC contractor members. WTSTC has provided fit tests to more than 2,300 workers the past 10 months.

    WTSTC submitted a Spanish language e-tool for OSHA's web site on Hydrogen Sulfide Safety Awareness. On November 19, 2010, WTSTC had a telephone conference with Todd Bridges and Sheila Schulmeyer for final approval of the project.  The project was approved 1/14/2011 for addition to OSHA's web site.

    During August, 2010, WTSTC began teaching the Safeland USA orientation course in English and Spanish. WTSTC has taught this course to more than 2,200 oilfield workers.

  8. Training and EducationEvents and Products:

    General Safety Orientation Training which is done is English and in Spanish which cover the following topics:

    1. Hazard Communication
    2. Personal Protective Equipment (general)
    3. Respiratory Protection
    4. Hearing Conservation
    5. Electrical Safe Practices
    6. Elevated Work
    7. Excavation
    8. Process Safety Management
    9. Introduction to Job Safety Analysis
    10. Person Conduct Requirements (smoking, drugs/alcohol/firearms
    11. General Safety Rules: forklifts, signs/barricades/confined space, heat stress, to name just a few.

    WTSTC has been accredited as a SafeLand USA orientation provider through the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC). WTSTC provides SafeLand USA instruction in English and Spanish.

    Outreach and Communication

    • WTSTC provided OSHA a Spanish language fact sheet on Hydrogen Sulfide, a significant health and safety oilfield hazard. This fact sheet was developed so it could be place on OSHA website in the Outreach/Alliance section.
    • WTSTC is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
    • WTSTC is a charter member of the Permian Basin chapter of the STEPS organization.
    • WTSTC participates in the Permian Basin Chapter of the Association of Energy Services Contractors (AESC).
    • WTSTC Operations Manager, Vicki Watkins, is on the Executive Board of the Odessa Better Business Bureau.
    • WTSTC is a member of the Permian Basin STEPS organization.

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    • The Basic Orientation Plus® reciprocal contractor safety awareness training program was designed to meet the classroom training requirements of the standards listed in the Code of Federal Regulations as enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) in the components it covers. The following pages of this report contain a chart that highlights what is covered in each of these components and what the employer must cover.
    • The actual methods of compliance with these standards will depend on the rules, regulations and procedures in effect at each specific refinery or plant worksite.
    • The components or modules as they are called of the Basic Orientation Plus® program are as follows:
      1. Hazard Communication (HazCom) and Chemical Safety
      2. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
      3. Respiratory Protection
      4. Hearing Conservation
      5. Electrical Safety Related Work Practices for Non-Qualified Workers
      6. Elevated Work
      7. Process Safety Management (PSM)
      8. Excavation, Trenching & Shoring
      9. Job Hazard Analysis (JHA)
      10. General Rules & Emergency Response
    • WTSTC initiated a medical services department in July, 2010 with the purpose of providing oilfield contractors a venue for increasing health monitoring of their employees. Medical services include the following:
      • DOT Physical
      • Non-DOT Physical
      • Respirator Medical History Questionnaire
      • Respirator Fit Testing
      • Pulmonary Function Test
      • Post Accident Drug/Alcohol Collection (24/7)
      • Audiometric Exams
      • Vision Exams
      • DOT Breath Alcohol Tests
      • DOT Drug Collection
      • Non-DOT Drug Collection
      • Specific Blood Tests (upon request)
      • Wellness Screening
  9. Results
  10. Using the table below, list each activity and the number of individuals reached or trained during the reporting period.

    2010

    72,271 Training Units

    2011

    73,676 Training Units (data through 09/1)


  11. Safety Advancement
  12. 2011 is in the fourth year of our WTSTC Dr. Max Comer Scholarship(s). We continue to provide $500 scholarships to individuals that are pursuing an Associates Degree in Safety Management at Odessa College. The program will extend to Midland College when they implement their degreed safety curriculum. Scholarship recipients are selected by a WTSTC committee consisting of oil company representatives and contractor representatives.