Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Region VIII


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Mountain States Energy Alliance (MSEA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and Mountain States Energy Alliance (MSEA) hereby form an Alliance to provide Mountain States Energy Alliance (MSEA) members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees’ health and safety, especially hazards related to falls and being struck by or caught in equipment or machinery.

OSHA and Mountain States Energy Alliance (MSEA) will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • Provide information, guidance and training to contractors in the oil and gas field services industry that will assist them in protecting and preventing exposure to safety and health hazards to their employees.

  • Increase the access to safety and health information and training programs.

OSHA and Mountain States Energy Alliance (MSEA) will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • Work with OSHA to communicate information on the recognition and prevention of oil and gas field services workplace hazards, accident trends, and the most frequently cited OSHA standards to employers and employees in the oil and gas field services industry through newsletters, electronic media and other means of communication.

  • Work with and provide training to OSHA compliance and consultation personnel to further educate them relative to the operations, activities and tasks of various oil and gas field services related contractors. Provide opportunities for MSEA members to interact with OSHA compliance staff in non-enforcement situations. Provide both off-site and on-site technical assistance resources through the OSHA Consultation program.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s, Mountain States Energy Alliance (MSEA) or other oil and gas field services industry related conferences, local chapter meetings, or other events.

  • Promote and encourage Mountain States Energy Alliance (MSEA) members’ or worksites’ participation in OSHA’s cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

OSHA and Mountain States Energy Alliance (MSEA) will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:

  • Raise others’ awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever Mountain States Energy Alliance (MSEA) members address groups.

  • Share information for best practices, as jointly determined by OSHA and Mountain States Energy Alliance (MSEA) members, through outreach, developed training programs and other resource materials.

  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on issues relating to safety and loss prevention in the oil and gas field services industry or to help provide input on any safety and health issues arising in the workplace.

OSHA’s Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health. These Alliances have proved to be valuable tools for both OSHA and its Alliance participants. By entering into an Alliance with a party, OSHA is not endorsing any of that party’s products or services; nor does the Agency enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular party’s products or services.

An implementation team made up of representatives of both organizations will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. Team members will include representatives of OSHA’s Denver Area Office, MSEA Safety Committee and the Colorado OSHA Consultation Project. In addition, they will meet at least three times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. OSHA will encourage the Colorado Consultation Project to participate in assisting the members of Mountain States Energy Alliance (MSEA) during this alliance.

This agreement will remain in effect for two years. Either signatory may terminate it for any reason at any time, provided they give 30 days written notice. This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of both signatories.





Herb Gibson
Area Director
OSHA Denver Area Office




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Tom Sisk
Vice President
Mountain States Energy Alliance




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