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 August 19, 2009.
     
    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:

    Phil Young
    Sheila Schulmeyer


  3. Contributors

    John Higgins
    Vicki Watkins

    Evaluation Period:

    August 19th, 2009 through August 31, 2010

  4. Implementation Team Meetings

    August 25th, 2010


  5. Events and Products

    WTSTC is working with a leading oil/gas industry trainer to develop a safety leadership program. In addition, a Behavioral Based Safety course should be finalized for 2010. This project is in the developmental phase. Discussions are ongoing for the development of the BBS database that would be used by oilfield contractors to enter the different data sets used in their BBS programs.


  6. Training and Education

    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 an member of the Permian Basin STEPS organization.


    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health
    • The Basic Orientation PlusŪ 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 PlusŪ 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
    • During 2010, Vicki Watkins was served as Project Manager for the revision of the Association of Reciprocal Contractors' Basic Orientation PlusŪ course. This nationally recognized orientation is commonly referred to in industry simply as BOP. Basic Orientation PlusŪ is provided to over 300,000 oil/gas industry workers each year and is required by a majority of the oil and gas owners in the United States before contractors can enter their facilities. For more information on the Association of Reciprocal Contractors, go to Association of Reciprocal Safety Councils.
    • 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


  7. Results

    Using the table below, list each activity and the number of individuals reached or trained during the reporting period.


    2009
    2010

    58,236 Training Units
    48,228 Training Units (data through 8/31)

  8. Safety Advancement

    2010 is our third 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.