National Service, Transmission, Exploration & Production Safety (STEPS) Network and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
(signed December 2, 2014; renewed November 29, 2016)
Through the Alliance, OSHA, the National STEPS Network, and NIOSH will work together to prevent fatalities, injuries, and illnesses in the U.S. onshore exploration and production sector of the oil and gas industry. The goals of the Alliance include:
Raising Awareness of OSHA’s Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives
- Share information on OSHA’s enforcement, rulemaking, and other initiatives.
Outreach and Communication
- Develop products that increase awareness of, and promote effective controls for, identified workplace hazards.
- Enhance OSHA’s oil and gas materials.
- Improve the collection and dissemination of NIOSH fatality and injury and illness data to identify and address safety and health issues in the industry, including emerging issues.
- Promote the dissemination and adoption of NIOSH oil and gas research findings and recommendations.
Training and Education
- Support training events, such as the OSHA Oil and Gas Safety and Health Conferences, other conferences, and oil and gas safety stand-downs.
- Provide guidance and resources for development of training for those groups at greatest risk of injury and illness, such as contractors, small companies, short services employees, and temporary workers.
Alliance Annual Reports
- Alliance Annual Report 2014-2015, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances
- Alliance Annual Report 2015-2016, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances
Alliance News Releases
- OSHA signs alliance with National STEPS Network and NIOSH to protect workers in oil and gas industry. OSHA News Release, (2014, December 2).
- OSHA renews alliance with National STEPS Network and NIOSH to protect workers in oil and gas extraction industry. OSHA News Release, (2016, November 30).
- New alert available on protecting oilfield workers from hot work hazards. OSHA QuickTakes, (2016, November 15).
- New resources available to help protect oilfield workers. OSHA QuickTakes, (2017, June 15).
Products and Resources
- Prevention of Fatalities from Ignition of Vapors by Mobile Engines and Auxiliary Motors Hazard Alert: English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF). Through the OSHA and National STEPS Network and NIOSH Alliance, the organizations developed a hazard alert on how to prevent fires and explosions caused by ignition of vapors by motorized equipment during drilling, servicing, and production operations. (2017, June; Spanish translation 2017, July).
- Hot Work in Oilfields Hazard Alert: English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF). Through the OSHA and National STEPS Network and NIOSH Alliance, the organizations developed a hazard alert on how to prevent fatalities associated with hot work on oilfield tanks, tankers and related equipment. (2016, September; Spanish translation 2017, May).
- Tank Hazard Alert (PDF). Through the OSHA and National STEPS Network and NIOSH Alliance, the organizations developed a hazard alert focusing on how to recognize and avoid hazards while opening thief hatches of chemical storage tanks. (2015, May).
OSHA Safety and Health Topics Pages
- Region III: Charleston Area Office and Appalachian STEPS Network.
- Region III: Erie Area Office and Twin Tiers STEPS Network.
- Region III: Wilkes Barre Area Office and STEPS of Pennsylvania. (Alliance is also with Erie, Harrisburg, and Pittsburgh Area Offices.)
- Region V: Columbus Area Office and Buckeye STEPS Network
- Region VI: Baton Rouge Area Office and Ark-La-Tex STEPS Network
- Region VI: Baton Rouge Area Office and South Louisiana STEPS Network
- Region VI: Corpus Christi Area Office and South Texas STEPS Network
- Region VI: El Paso Area Office and Permian Basin STEPS Network (Alliance is also with the Lubbock Area Office.)
- Region VI: Oklahoma City Office and Mid Continent Exploration and Production Safety Network (MCEPS)
- Region VI: Oklahoma City Area Office and Mid Continent Exploration and Production Safety Network (MCEPS), the Francis Tuttle Technology Center (FTTC), and the Oklahoma Department of Labor/OSHA Consultation Division.