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, 2012.

    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: October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012

  4. Implementation Team Meetings:

    April 23, 2012 - West Texas Safety Training Center Board Meeting and update. All the board members, employees and OSHA's Lubbock District Office CAS attended.

  5. Events and Products

    For the period 10/1/2011 - 9/30/2012, the West Texas Safety Training Center has experienced an increase in safety training to the oil and gas industry. This increase in safety training activities is driven by the increased industrial activity in the Permian Basin of West Texas. WTSTC participated in the 2012 Permian Basin International Oil Show. The purpose of this industry exposition is to educate industry on all facets of the oil/gas industry. The Oil Show allows WTSTC to promote safety and training to all sectors of the oil and gas industry. With over 100,000 attendees to the Oil Show, WTSTC shared our message of safety promotion to many people in a short period of time. WTSTC conducted it first Safety Leadership class. The class was taught by Bishop Decker, a nationally recognized oil and gas trainer. Discussions are underway with Mr. Decker to continue this class. Our intent is to offer the class every quarter.

  6. Training and Education

    During the period 10/1/2011 - 9/30/2012, WTSTC has experienced dramatic growth in three (3) areas. These areas being:

      a) Respirator Fit Testing
      b) Basic Orientation PlusŪ classes
      c) SafeLand USA Orientation classes
    For the 12 month period ending 9/30/2012, WTSTC provided quantitative fit tests to 5,501 workers.

    For the 12 month period ending 9/30/2012, WTSTC had 7,968 workers complete Basic Orientation PlusŪ, the nationally recognized orientation course.

    For the 12 month period ending 9/30/2012, WTSTC had 4,790 workers complete the SafeLand USA orientation. Many of those that completed SafeLand USA orientation were Spanish speaking workers. This orientation is required by some oil/gas producers across the country. 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.

    During this same period, WTSTC provided safety training to 12,129 Spanish speaking workers. A high number of these workers received training in Hydrogen Sulfide Awareness and Respiratory Protection.

    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 is a member of the Association of Reciprocal Safety Councils. This organization has members located in different areas of the USA where Petrochemical facilities are operated. WTSTC currently serves on the ARSC Executive Committee.
    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 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
  7. Results

    The table below provides the total number of training units that WTSTC provided during the 2010, 2011, and 2012 physical years. WTSTC defines a training unit as a completed test or completed service administered by WTSTC.

    2010

    2011

    2012
    72,271 Training Units

    101,907 Training Units

    106,502 Training Units
    (data for period 10/1/2011 - 09/30/2012)

  8. Safety Advancement

    2012 is in the fifth 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.