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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Lubbock Area Office
And the
West Texas Safety Training Center

November 6, 2017


  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed:

      April 23, 2007; Addendum on June 11, 2007; Renewed on December 14, 2011, January 8, 2014 and February 18, 2016.

    2. Evaluation Period:

      October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017

    3. 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.

    4. Implementation Team Members

      OSHA

      Elizabeth Linda Routh, Area Director (AD), Lubbock Area Office
      Abraham Arzola, Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS), El Paso Area Office

      West Texas Safety Training Center

      Phil Young, WTSTC President/CEO
      Vicki Watkins, WTSTC Vice President
      John Higgins, HSE Director, Saulsbury Industries

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    None during this reporting period.

  3. Results

      Raising Awareness

    Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives: To share information on OSHA's National/Regional/Local Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
    Activity TypeActivity Name/SummaryOSHA Areas of Emphasis SupportedNumber Reached

    No Activity

       
     
    Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives: To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
    Activity TypeActivity Name/SummaryOSHA Areas of Emphasis SupportedNumber Reached

    No Activity

       
     
    Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives: To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on oil and gas industry specific hazards to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
    Activity TypeActivity Name/SummaryOSHA Areas of Emphasis SupportedNumber Reached

    Meeting

    Meeting of oil company/WTSTC representatives at the OXY Permian office to discuss development of a training solution to prepare skilled workers to properly handle the tasks and responsibilities of confined space watch and fire watch.Oil and Gas, Small Business, Hazard Communication, Heat Illness Prevention, Confined Spaces

    2500

     
    Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives: To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by providing training and information that educates workers on the importance of prevention of unsafe procedures and behaviors.
    Activity TypeActivity Name/SummaryOSHA Areas of Emphasis SupportedNumber Reached

    Meeting

    Association of Reciprocal Safety Councils (ARSC): WTSTC participated in forums to discuss the development of reciprocal training solution for the petroleum industry. Participants include representatives from 24 non-profit training councils. 2017 solutions included the reciprocal Protect Watch course and the update Basic Orientation Plus®. Oil and Gas, Small Business, Hazard Communication, Heat Illness Prevention, Confined Spaces, Fall Prevention

    N/A

    Training

    International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC): WTSTC partnered with Smith Mason & Co. to provide IADC's WellSharp well control training. This course is the product of a collaborative drilling industry effort and provides rigorous training for workers with well control responsibilities. Smith Mason & Co. is respected around the world for delivering state of the art well control training. Smith Mason provides a team of seasoned professionals who are knowledgeable of the life threatening emergencies drillers and operators are exposed.
    • Blowout Prevention Program
    • Monitoring & Maintain Mud System
    • Installation of BOP, Accumulator, & Choke Manifold
    • Testing BOP, Accumulator, & Choke Manifold
    • Maintaining Surface Control System
    Oil and Gas, Small Business, Hazard Communication150

    Meeting

    Follow up to meeting at Chevron office to continue discussion and participation Oil and Gas, Small Business, Hazard Communication, Heat Illness Prevention, Confined Spaces, Fall Prevention

    2500

    Meeting

    Meeting with Chevron representatives to discuss the development of a training solution specifically for "Persons Managing Control of Work." Course would identify safety regulations and procedures supervisory personnel should know and the proper implementation of these regulations and procedures.Oil and Gas, Small Business, Hazard Communication, Heat Illness Prevention, Confined Spaces, Fall Prevention

    500

      Training and Education

    Training and Education: To develop effective training and education programs for oil and gas industry employers and workers regarding fall hazards, electrical hazards, caught and struck-by hazards, and fire and explosion hazards, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
    Activity TypeActivity Name/SummaryOSHA Areas of Emphasis SupportedNumber Reached

    Training

    Course ARSC Basic Orientation Plus® - EnglishProcess Safety Mgmt., Emergency Response, HAZCOM, PPE, Respiratory Protection, Hearing Conservation, Electrical Safe Work Practices, Lockout Tagout, Fall Protection, Confined Space, Scaffolds, Excavation, Trenching, & Shoring, Job Hazard Analysis, Emergency Action Plan, Fire Prevention

    5809

    Training

    Course ARSC Basic Orientation Plus® - SpanishSame as above

    751

    Training

    Course Safeland USA orientation - EnglishSafety responsibilities; Process Safety Management; Emergency Response; HAZCOM; PPE; Respiratory Protection; Hearing Conservation; Electrical Safe Work Practice; Lockout Tagout; Fall Protection; Confined Space; Scaffolds; Excavation; Trenching; Job Hazard Analysis; Emergency Action Plan; Fire Prevention; General safety duties; Stop Work Authority; Simultaneous ops; Chain of command; Worksite hazards; Workplace violence; No horseplay; Smoking restrictions; Housekeeping; Peer respect; Safe driving; Pits & Ponds; Short Service Employee; Wildlife; Adverse weather; Communication; Materials handling; First Aid; Electrical; Environmental; and Industrial Hygiene & Occupational Health.

    3004

    Training

    Course Safeland USA orientation - SpanishSame as above

    251

    Training

    Qualified Electrical NFPA 70E training (course includes hands-on skill evaluations)Oil and Gas, Electrical Safety

    205

    Other

    Quantitative Respirator Fit TestingOil and Gas, Respiratory Protection

    2510

    Training

    Hydrogen Sulfide Safety Training - EnglishOil and Gas, Toxic & Hazardous Substances

    6295

    Training

    Hydrogen Sulfide Safety Training - SpanishOil and Gas, Toxic & Hazardous Substances

    829

     
    Training and Education: To develop effective training and education programs for oil and gas industry to promote understanding of workers' rights, including the use of the OSHA complaint process, and the responsibilities of employers and to communicate such information to workers and employers.
    Activity TypeActivity Name/SummaryOSHA Areas of Emphasis SupportedNumber Reached
    No Activity   
     
    Training and Education: To deliver or arrange for the delivery of oil and gas specific and fundamental curriculum courses.
    Activity TypeActivity Name/SummaryOSHA Areas of Emphasis SupportedNumber Reached
    No Activity   

      Outreach and Communication

    Outreach and Communication: To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and the West Texas Safety Training Center's Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
    Activity TypeActivity Name/SummaryOSHA Areas of Emphasis SupportedNumber Reached
    No Activity   
     
    Outreach and Communication: To invite, speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or West Texas Safety Training Center's conferences, local meetings, or other community events.
    Activity TypeActivity Name/SummaryOSHA Areas of Emphasis SupportedNumber Reached

    Speech

    Permian Basin Texas811: Spoke on HAZWOPER requirements during pipeline incident response; Texas811 Safety Day; Pipeline Safety; Excavation Mock Pipeline Strike; Pipeline Response.Oil and Gas, Small Business, Hazard Communication, Heat Illness Prevention, Confined Spaces, Fall Prevention

    750

    Speech

    Permian Road Safety Coalition: Spoke about being aware of road construction hazards and contacting TXDOT for construction notification.Oil and Gas, Small Business, Hazard Communication, Transportation

    300

     
    Outreach and Communication: To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding West Texas Safety Training Center's good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
    Activity TypeActivity Name/SummaryOSHA Areas of Emphasis SupportedNumber Reached

    Speech

    Encana Contractor Safety Conference
    January 18, 2017, Midland, TX
    Oil and Gas, Small Business, Hazard Communication, Heat Illness Prevention, Confined Spaces, Fall Prevention

    800

     
    Outreach and Communication: To work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on the oil and gas industry employers and their employees that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
    Activity TypeActivity Name/SummaryOSHA Areas of Emphasis SupportedNumber Reached
    No activity   
     
    Outreach and Communication: To develop and disseminate case studies on hazards inherent to the oil and gas industry and publicize their results.
    Activity TypeActivity Name/SummaryOSHA Areas of Emphasis SupportedNumber Reached
    No activity   
    Total  

    27,154

  4. Evaluations

    None for this Alliance

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    • 2017 is in the tenth year of our WTSTC Dr. Max Comer Scholarship(s). We continue to provide scholarships to individuals that are pursuing an Associate Degree in Safety Management at area colleges. Scholarship recipients are selected by a WTSTC committee consisting of oil company representatives and contractor representatives.
    • West Texas Safety Training data base of safety training records continues to be compiled since May 1994.
    • May, 2017 was the West Texas Safety Training Center's 23rd anniversary of providing training services to the Permian Basin workforce.

    Report prepared by: Phil Young, President/CEO, West Texas Safety Training Center, November 6, 2017

    Report prepared by: Abraham Arzola, CAS, El Paso Area Office, November 6, 2017

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