- Alliance Background
Date Signed: April 23, 2007.
Addendum signed: June 11, 2007
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.
- Implementation Team Members: Phil Young, Sheila
John Higgins and Vicki Watkins
Evaluation Period: June 11, 2007 through August 13,
- Implementation Team Meetings
June 14, 2007, July 17, 2007
- Events and Products
- Training and Education
- General Safety Orientation Training which is done is English and in
Spanish cover the following topics:
- Hazard Communication
- Personal Protective Equipment (general)
- Respiratory Protection
- Hearing Conservation
- Electrical Safe Practices
- Elevated Work
- Process Safety Management
- Introduction to Job Safety Analysis
- Person Conduct Requirements (smoking, drugs/alcohol/firearms)
- General Safety Rules: forklifts, signs/barricades/confined space, heat
stress, to name just a few.
Outreach and Communication
Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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)
Electrical Safety Related Work Practices for Non-Qualified Workers
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
- 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).
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)
53,769 English 3,049 Spanish
- 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