STEPS Discusses Act 9, Fire Commission, Contractors, more…
The STEPS of PA semi-monthly meeting took place on Jan. 30, 2013 at the Days Inn in State College, PA. Attendance was good with 112 pre-registered plus a few walk-ins brining the total to around 125.
In addition to the speaker handouts (now posted on the STEPS web site and below), EKT Interactive’s Northeast Representative, Dick Dupree, noted the following items:
- President Ricc Brown opened the meeting and asked each of us to introduce ourselves with our name, title and affiliation. About 90% of the attendees were EHS directors or staff for O&G firms or contractors in PA. There were a few sales types along with a few academic and govt agency folks.
- Ricc Brown will remain president for 2013, with Jeff Lorson of Anadarko as VP, and Bill Burnet as Sec / Treasurer. The old 6 person board structure has been replaced with a board consisting of representatives of all the local O&G producers plus 2 representatives from contractors.
- Admission to the meeting will continue to be free to the attendees, they are looking to 4 sponsors for each event to each contribute around $500 to cover the cost of the lunch and meeting room rental fee (if any).
- The group will probably continue to meet the last Wednesday of every other month (3/27, 5/29, 7/24, 9/25, and 1/27) unless meeting site conflicts or holidays necessitate a change.
- Marcellus Shale Coalition – continuing to work on FEMA’s NIMS program,. They also recently formed a new Emergency Response Plan Committee for PA Act 9 compliance issues (and beyond).
- We had a great conversation with Dr. Laura Helmrich-Rhodes, Associate Professor of Safety Sciences at Indiana University of PA. She has many years’ experience teaching safety engineering courses at IUP and many of the attendees were her former students but this was her first STEPS meeting.
- Consol requires all workers to have hard hat, boots, gloves, and reflective strips on their coat / vest. Contractors must register with ISNetworld and have liability insurance. Contractor employees must pass a drug and alcohol screening, have attended the OSHA 10 hr safety class (or equivalent) and to watch Consol’s ½ hr video, pass a quiz, and display their new hat sticker annually.
- Halcon also uses ISNetworld with a custom contractor status dashboard. When selecting contractors, they use a grading system based 60% on safety record, 30% on operations / cost, and 10% on timeliness. They require contractors to have written procedures (JSAs) for each task on file and in use. Halcon does spot checks to insure compliance.
- Range has 1600 registered contractors and a Master Service Agreement with each of them. They have 5 admin people assigned to monitoring these firms and making sure their insurance certifications are all current. Range is now questioning if they really need that many MSAs, and no longer sign MSAs unless there is a compelling need to use that contractor’s services.They recently switched from ISNetworld to PICS because they felt PICS does a better job of monitoring compliance with safety procedures. They have 3 classes of contractors – Tier 1 are guys working “over the hole”, tier 2 guys are working on the well pad (including people servicing any leased equipment), tier 3 are suppliers doing site drop-offs or off-site work. Each contractor is rated green, yellow, or red. Green level contractors are fully compliant. Yellow contractors have issues that are being corrected, red contractors have major issues and thus require VP level approval to continue working for Range. Since corporate officers are sometimes held personally liable for unsafe situations that result in major injuries or death, this is a serious decision for any VP. Range has found 90% of accidents involve contractor staff, and 100% of their fatalities are from contractor staff.
- Both Pat Pauly and Ed Mann attended the meeting. Pat announced his promotion to head of training for the PA Fire Academy. He has 40 years’ experience as a volunteer fireman and 25 years as an instructor.
- They expect to continue to receive $750K per year from the PA Impact Fee and have identified 22 types of training they would like to eventually offer to first responders across the state.
- They have formed a Marcellus Shale Training Advisory Committee with about 25 industry representatives that will meet every few months to review goals, priorities, and course content. Their relationships with industry will be modeled after a similar training program in Ohio.
- They will have some funds available for equipment grants to local fire departments, but there will be a training requirement for each grant recipient.
- They are planning an in-depth 2 day training course for gas well fires that will likely be held at the Penn College’s new fire training facility in Williamsport.
About EKT Interactive
EKT Interactive, Inc is a leading provider of customized, large-scale, interactive safety and operations training programs for the oil & gas industry. Our web-based e-learning program, accessible at your convenience, saves time away from the job and travel costs. Online learning modules are developed by field-experienced oil and gas instruction experts using proven web learning applications that closely match classroom effectiveness.
Read more about EKT Interactive’s online oil and gas training courses.