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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
And the National Service, Transmission, Exploration & Production Safety (STEPS)
Network and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

January 6, 2016


  1. Alliance Background
    1.  Date Signed
    2. December 2, 2014

    3. Evaluation Period
    4. December 2, 2014 to December 1, 2015.

    5. Overview
    6. 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.

    7. Implementation Team Members

      • OSHA
        • Barnett Lawrence - Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP)
        • Marianne McGee - Compliance Assistance Specialist, Corpus Christi TX Area Office
        • David Bates - Area Director, Oklahoma City OK Area Office
        • J.D. Danni - Safety and Health Specialist, OSHA Region 8
        • Dr. Michael Hodgson - Director, Office of Occupational Medicine and Nursing, Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management (DTSEM)
        • Todd Jordan - Director, Health Response Team, Salt Lake City Technical Center, DTSEM
        • Mike Marshall - Safety Engineer, Office of Chemical Process Safety and Enforcement Initiatives, Directorate of Enforcement Programs
        • Jim Shelton - Compliance Assistance Specialist, Houston North TX Area Office

      • NIOSH
        • David Caruso - Program Coordinator and Senior Health Communication Specialist, Oil and Gas Extraction Program
        • Ryan Hill - Program Manager, Oil and Gas Extraction Program
        • Kyla Retzer - Epidemiologist, NIOSH Western States Office

      • National STEPS Network
        • Rick Ingram - BP; Chairperson of National STEPS Network
        • Paul Breaux - Berkley Oil & Gas Specialty Services
        • Elizabeth Haley - PEC Premier
        • Jerry Jacobs - Patterson UTI
        • Kenny Jordan - Executive Director, Association of Energy Service Companies (AESC)
        • Steve Langlinais - Knight Oil Tools
        • Liz Lawhorn-Cryder - Oil and energy professional
        • Josh Ortega - BGP Billiton; SafelandUSA Chair
        • Joyce Ryel - Complete Production; President of AESC
        • Jim Sierra - Texas Oil and Gas Association
        • Dean Wingo - University of Texas - Arlington
        • Anthony Zacniewski - Bandera Drilling

  2. Implementation Team Meetings
    • April 2, 2015
    • Sep. 2, 2015

  3. In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance participants maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliance’s progress and results.

  4. Results
  5. The following table summarizes the Alliance’s activities in support of the goals in the Alliance agreement.


    Training and Education: Provide support for the OSHA Oil and Gas Safety and Health Conferences.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Training 2014 OSHA Oil and Gas Safety Conference.  Houston, Texas. Dec. 1-4, 2014.  The National STEPS Network, the University of Texas at Arlington, and OSHA worked with other organizations to plan and implement this fourth biennial conference. The conference featured motivational keynote presentations, more than 90 breakout sessions, and 150 exhibitors. Oil and Gas 2,200
     
    Training and Education: Provide support for oil and gas safety stand-downs.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Training 2016 Step-Up for Safety in the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry. Conducted planning activities in October to December 2015, including developing a web site, compiling training resources, and developing a video by OSHA Assistant Secretary Michaels and NIOSH Director Howard. The National STEPS Network will work with OSHA, the local STEPS Networks, and NIOSH to encourage sites around the country to conduct safety stand-downs. The events will be held in February and March 2016. Oil and Gas  
     
    Training and Education: Provide guidance and resources for development of training for employers and workers in the industry, including new and temporary workers.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Training SafeLand USA Orientation Training.  Provided orientation training for workers in the U.S. onshore exploration and production industry. Oil and Gas 100,099
     
    Outreach and Communication: Develop products, including fact sheets on the leading causes of fatalities in the industry and videos on key safety and health hazards in the industry.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Alliance Product

    Tank Gauging Hazard Alert.  May 2015.  Developed hazard alert in infographic format on how to recognize and avoid hazards while opening thief hatches of chemical storage tanks.  Distributed widely throughout the industry.  For example, the National STEPS Network posted it on its web page (approximately 3,000 visits per month); PEC Safety sent it to its distribution list (11,000); AESC sent to approximately 850 companies, ASEC ran a story in its Well Servicing magazine (12,000 circulation); and it was featured in stories in several newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal and Denver Post.

    In addition, PEC Safety built the alert into the curriculum for all its courses, and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is referencing the alert in its training program.

    Oil and Gas 100,000
     
    Outreach and Communication: Distribute Alliance and OSHA materials to employers and workers.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Speech/Presentation 2015 National Safety Council Congress and Expo.  Atlanta, Georgia.  Sep. 28, 2105.  Rick Ingram and Marianne McGee gave a session entitled “Training New Workers: Lessons from the Oil and Gas Industry.” Oil and Gas 45
    Dissemination 8th Joint EU/US Conference on Occupational Safety and Health.  Fort Worth Texas. Sep. 16-19, 2015.  Helped plan the workgroup sessions on “Regulatory Approach to Controlling Hazards in the Energy Sector.” Oil  and Gas 250
    Dissemination National STEPS Network Web Page. The National STEPS Network maintains and updates this web page. Updated the page to include the Tank Gauging Hazard Alert and information on OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program and Multi-Employer Worksite Citation Policy and how they apply to the upstream oil and gas industry. Also added information on hydraulic fracturing and other topics at the request of participants from the US/EU Joint Conference on Occupational Safety and Health. Oil and Gas 34,938 visits
    Dissemination OSHA’s National STEPS Network/NIOSH Alliance Web Page.  OSHA maintains and updates the OSHA and National STEPS Network/NIOSH Alliance Web page that is posted on the Agency Web site. The Web page includes the Alliance agreements, news releases, activities and events, Alliance-developed products, and resources. Oil and Gas 877 visits
    Dissemination OSHA’s revised reporting requirements.  Jan. 2015.  Disseminated information through local STEPS Networks and the Association of Energy Service Companies. Oil and Gas; Recordkeeping and Reporting 18,023
    Dissemination Heat-related fatality.  July 2015.  At the request of Dr. Michaels, emailed information on a heat-related fatality to local STEPS Networks and other contacts. Oil and Gas; Heat 5,000
     
    Outreach and Communication: Provide technical review of OSHA materials.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    OSHA Product Review Hydraulic Fracturing and Flowback Hazards Other than Respirable Silica.  OSHA Booklet (Publication 3763) Dec. 2014.  Provided feedback on this OSHA guidance document, which was published in December 2014. Oil and Gas  
    OSHA Product Review OSHA Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Servicing eTool.  From October to December 2015, began process of updating this eTool.  Formed workgroup, updated eTool outline, began drafting updates. Oil and Gas  
     
    Outreach and Communication: Support the efforts of NIOSH and the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Oil and Gas Council to collect and analyze surveillance data, and disseminate reports summarizing fatal injuries in the industry.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Other NORA Oil and Gas Council.  Served on the Council and provided industry information to support the Council’s work. Oil and Gas  
     
    Outreach and Communication: Work through the National STEPS Network’s Emerging Issues Focus Group to address key safety and health hazards in the industry.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
      No activity this period.    
     
    TOTAL     261,432

  6. Evaluations
  7. Information was collected on the impact of the SafelandUSA orientation training on incident rates.  According to PEC Safety, onshore exploration and production contractors with 25 employees or less that use SafeLandUSA have 4.25 times lower total recordable incident rate (TRIR) compared with contractors of the same size that do not use SafeLand USA (1.69 TRIR with SafelandUSA, 7.18 TRIR without Safeland USA).  Across all contractors, onshore exploration and production contractors that use SafeLand USA have 2.11 times lower TRIR compared with contractors that do not use SafeLandUSA (1.57 TRIR with SafeLand USA, 3.31 TRIR without SafelandUSA).

  8. Upcoming Milestones
  9. In the next year, the Alliance participants will continue to implement the agreement and work plan.  For example, the Alliance participants will conduct the 2016 Step Up for Safety in the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry and will provide draft updates for the OSHA Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Servicing eTool.  The Alliance participants will also plan and hold the 2016 Oil and Gas Safety and Health Conference on Nov. 29-30, 2016.

    The Alliance participants plan to renew the Alliance in December 2016.

    Report prepared by: Barnett Lawrence, Safety & Occupational Health Specialist, DCSP/OOSA; January 6, 2016. 

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