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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
West Texas Safety Training Center
August 13, 2008

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed: April 23, 2007.

    Addendum signed: June 11, 2007

    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 and Vicki Watkins

    Evaluation Period: June 11, 2007 through August 13, 2008

     
  4. Implementation Team Meetings

    June 14, 2007, July 17, 2007

     
  5. Events and Products

     
  6. Training and Education
    • General Safety Orientation Training which is done is English and in Spanish 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.

      Outreach and Communication
      • 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.
         
      Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health
      • February 12, 2008, WTSTC met with the ARSC Curriculum Committee in San Antonio to set a path forward on the design and layout of the national program Basic Orientation Plus and Basic Orientation Plus Refresher.
      • 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:
        • Hazard Communication (HazCom) and Chemical Safety
          Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
          Respiratory Protection
          Hearing Conservation
          Electrical Safety Related Work Practices for Non-Qualified Workers
          Elevated Work
          Process Safety Management (PSM)
          Excavation, Trenching & Shoring
          Job Hazard Analysis (JHA)
          General Rules & Emergency Response
           
      • February 13, 2008, WTSTC met with the ARSC (Association of Reciprocal Safety Councils) Board of Directors in San Antonio for the ARSC Board Meeting.
      • March 24 – 27, 2008, WTSTC had a booth at the Chevron Health and Safety Management Expo (CHSME) (Houston) Conference (by invitation only). Had over 700 contractors in attendance with multiple guest speakers
      • April 7-10, 2008, WTSTC met with the Development Interface Committee for the national Committee developing the actual script for the NEW Basic Orientation Plus in New Orleans.
      • July 2, 2008, WTSTC chairs the Development interface committee for the national committee developing the new Basic Orientation Plus for ARSC. We met in Houston for a review of the script and getting the RFP out.
      • July 22, 2008, WTSTC met with the ARSC Board of Directors in Alabama for the ARSC Annual Meeting.
      • August 7, 2008, WTSTC met with the Bi Laws Committee of ARSC (Association of Reciprocal Safety Councils) in Houston Texas OSHA can attend if they wish, but do not serve as a committee member(s).
  7. Results

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


    • 2007 – Training Units
    • 2008 – Training Units (thru 8/10/08)
    77,607 English     3,866 Spanish
    53,769 English     3,049 Spanish
    TOTAL 138,291

     
  8. Upcoming Milestones

    This year (2008) will be the first year of our WTSTC Dr. Max Comer Scholarship(s). We are very proud of the progress we have made in this area and will be announcing the recipient(s) in the near future. Recipient(s) will be students pursuing a professional career in safety. There will be an awards luncheon November 17, 2008 @ 11:30 am – MCM Elegente, Odessa Texas and all invited to attend.