Annual Alliance Report 2014-2015




I.    Alliance Background

A.   Date Signed
December 2, 2014
B.    Evaluation Period
December 2, 2014 to December 1, 2015.
C.    Overview
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.
D.    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

    • 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

II.    Implementation Team Meetings

  • April 2, 2015
  • Sep. 2, 2015

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

III.    Results

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

IV.     Evaluations

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).

V.    Upcoming Milestones

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