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PRE-CONFERENCE SESSIONS

Bob Braun SH 211 Overview of OSHA’s New Silica Standard (4-Hours)

This training provides an overview of the hazards of respirable crystalline silica and the typical exposures during oil and gas operations. It will review the new OSHA rule and discuss methods for compliance. (Limited to 40 seats)

SH 522 Industrial Hygiene Sampling Techniques for Silica (4-Hours)

This course introduces participants to basic industrial hygiene concepts, principles and practices as they relate to the evaluation of respirable crystalline silica in the oil and gas industry. Schedule monitoring and the best practices for silica sampling as identified in the new OSHA standard will be covered with hands-on activities. (Limited to 40 seats)
R. Dean Wingo, CIH, CSP


Behavior-Based Safety

Brooke Polk Addressing CRM through Safety-Related Training and Industry Collaboration

To address the estimated 80% of incidents that have human error as a root cause, trainers and other stakeholders in the upstream O&G sector have made considerable progress in their collaborations toward integrating crew resource management (CRM) into a variety of safety-related courses. In addition to the many industry collaborations aimed at addressing CRM, individual companies have been integrating the content into courses and drills involving well control, safety leadership, drilling operations, and crane operation, among others. The CRM content includes situation awareness, decision-making, communication, teamwork, leadership, and factors that affect human performance. This presentation will provide the status of collaborative projects to address CRM, a profile of courses integrating CRM, and the lessons learned through these efforts.
Intermediate
Lisa Cooper Behavior-Based Safety: The next evolution of telematics

Driving is the most dangerous task an employee does, causing 41% of all fatal workplace injuries. Traditionally, telematics focuses on the vehicle, but new technology can allow us to improve driver behavior and reduce risk. This session will provide insight into the evolution of telematics and where the industry is headed.
Introductory
Angelica Grindle, Ph.D. Under the Influence, Attitudes at Work

The last century has brought amazing breakthroughs in how organizations manage safety and reduce incidents. However, despite more training programs, signs, job-aids, procedures, and policies, people are still getting hurt. When we analyze these incidents, it is often clear that someone could have done something to prevent or lessen the severity of the incident. As such, by increasing levels of employee engagement and the consistency of safe practices, we can reduce incidents. Please join Dr. Angelica Grindle as she discusses the key features and critical components of a successful Behavior Based Safety process including:

• What are the critical components and key features of a behavioral approach?

• What kind of results can such a process achieve?

• What are the steps to designing and implementing a behavior-based safety process?

• How do you achieve strong employee engagement and ownership?

• What is the role of leadership in an employee driven process?
Advanced
Kenny Baker The First Step in Stopping the Job

The First Step in Stopping the Job: The ripple effect of a potentially dangerous event has a more profound effect than many people realize. Recognizing the hazards can make an impact on those who could be affected if we learn to STOP THE JOB. {This presentation is geared towards any level of experience in the industry, from entry level to experienced employee}.
Intermediate
Joseph Barnes Leadership and Modeling Behavior Based Safety; toothpaste or balloons

Safety is about teaching people to see. When we enter any new profession or lifestyle change, obstacles can equate to injuries and lost time. As leaders we have the opportunity to enable new employees, as well as the old hands, to see what they would have walked by in a previous setting. It is in the way that we reach people that establishes us as an effective leader. Are we a dictator or a partner in production? We must sell the relationship with each other before we can expect buy in to any safety program. All the scientific advancements in the world will not save a single life if those in our charge don’t believe in us as leaders.
Introductory
Charles Simpson Beyond Hazard Recognition- Recognizing Hazard Precursers

Prior to the full blown manifestation of hazard there are often clues that the work environment has the potential to to develop a hazard. If these clues are recognized early enough then the hazard can be mitigated before it is even present.

Recognizing hazard clues effectively, requires a general understanding the human cognition weaknesses so the observer can actually "see" what is in front of them.

This presentation uses concepts developed by the Air Force to improve target recognition many years ago.
Introductory
Robert Sheninger Increasing Employee Engagement & Empowerment Utilizing a Recurrent Risk Assessment Approach

There are a multitude of tool used to identify hazards/risk in industry including, but not limited to, Job Safety Analysis, Behavioral observations, incident reports and management of change (MOC). While these tools are quite common among us, there continues to be a high frequency of incidents where inadequate hazard identification is either the root cause or a contributing factor to the incidents that are occurring. People continue to make decisions that put themselves in harm’s way due to a fundamental lack of understanding on the hazards they can be exposed to and/or the most effective way to protect themselves. Here we focus on the synergies created by incorporating existing hazard identification tools (Job Safety Analysis, Behavior-Based Observations, Incident Investigations, Management of Change, etc.) into a continual risk assessment methodology that ultimately gets more people involved in the HSE process while promoting use of Stop Work Authority.
Intermediate

Contractor Safety and Best Practices

Scott Long Contractor Safety - Keys to Success on Major Projects

Contractors are crucial to the success of any oil and gas operator. Kinder Morgan employs a multi-faceted approach to selecting, managing, and evaluating its contractors. On major construction projects, this approach proves its value. Interventions include use of contracted safety professionals, health and safety plan development, safety orientations, contractor audits, contractor job evaluations, individual ID badge as well as other measures. Session-goers will hear about specific projects and how the interventions worked (or in some cases didn't work).
Introductory
Greg Allen
Claude McKee Give Life to an Ineffective Program

With targeted efforts, many ineffective programs that are currently in use can be improved. With the recent push to raise the bar from both Operators and Contractors, there has been a renewed focus on program effectiveness reviews, more extensive recordkeeping, and other methods of ensuring the integrity of safety programs. Learn what requirements are needed to build & implement a thorough program effectiveness review.
Intermediate
Jorge Cortes Beyond Traditional Lagging Indicators

To address the estimated 80% of incidents that have human error as a root cause, trainers and other stakeholders in the upstream O&G sector have made considerable progress in their collaborations toward integrating crew resource management (CRM) into a variety of safety-related courses. In addition to the many industry collaborations aimed at addressing CRM, individual companies have been integrating the content into courses and drills involving well control, safety leadership, drilling operations, and crane operation, among others. The CRM content includes situation awareness, decision-making, communication, teamwork, leadership, and factors that affect human performance. This presentation will provide the status of collaborative projects to address CRM, a profile of courses integrating CRM, and the lessons learned through these efforts.
Intermediate
Bill Walker SafeLandUSA Orientation for Onshore E&P - Updates, Milestones, and Contractor Impact

The SafeLandUSA Advisory Group is a voluntary organization comprised of major and independent operating companies, industry associations, and educators with the purpose of developing (and maintaining) a standardized safety orientation which sets minimum requirements for the US onshore E&P industry. The presentation will provide an update on SafeLandUSA to include milestones and contractor impact. Roundtable discussion with the three SafeLandUSA accrediting organizations: ETC, IADC, and PEC.
Introductory
Elizabeth Haley
Alma Roberts
Tara Porter
Colin Woods 2019 Drug Testing Trends and Owner Survey

Join DISA Global Solutions as we go through the evolution of contractor testing and which best practices can make your facility safer. DISA will also present an in-depth analysis of our 2019 Owners Survey, an annual survey of industrial owner operators on drug testing trends in the industrial market.
Intermediate
Phillip Crawley The Impact of Safety Performance Metrics on Contractor Behavior

This session will review common oil and gas industry contractor safety performance metrics (EMR, TRIR, DART, etc.), their influence on behaviors, and relationship to future results. It will review how these metrics are calculated, factors impacting performance measures, and the pitfalls of relying solely on these metrics. Best practices will be shared that support work location and road safety excellence. This session is geared towards E&P companies with contractor management programs, service providers who use sub-contractors, and others who may have contractor safety performance review duties.
Intermediate

Drilling Well Control Servicing and Completions

Wade Deer Investigations the H&P Way (The SIF Model)

Realizing that our incident rates were relatively flat and that our severity rate had significantly increased we analyzed 362 incidents within H&P. The incidents were analyzed in regard to their Serious Injury or Fatality (SIF) potential, risk level, routine or not routine, and precursors. Through this analysis, it was found that we experienced a significant number of incidents that had SIF potential for injury and that our focus on actual injury outcomes had very little impact on the reduction of our SIF events. We have surmised from this analysis that our emphasis must be shifted from the actual outcome of an incident to the potential for serious or fatal harm.

The traditional investigation strategy that focuses on injury outcome rather than potential does not control and remove the hidden SIF exposures. With investigations being a key component of any strategy to control and remove exposures, it was imperative that we change our investigation strategy. We will explore H&P’s journey to develop and implement an investigation strategy that shifts the focus to potential SIF exposures. We will discuss the case for action, proportionate response, procedure/work flow, decision tree, percursors to SIF events, role of senior leadership, challenges, learning’s and way forward.
Intermediate
Stanley Smith Risk Assessments for Drilling and Servicing Operations

This presentation will focus on what these two OSHA inspectors consider to be adequate risk assessments for oil and gas drilling and servicing operations.

API standards and recommended practices are placing more emphasis on contractors to perform risk assessments (RAs) for their operations. However, API provides little information about how to perform these, or what should be included in the RAs. OSHA will be placing increased emphasis on proper performance of RAs for companies performing drilling and servicing operations.
Intermediate
Corey Beacom
Barbara Alexander Exposure Hazards and Engineering Control in Oil Drilling

Application of an effective engineering control is the preferred method of reducing or eliminating a hazardous exposure on a drilling site. Exposures include ergonomic risks, dermal exposures and inhalation of vapors, mists and particulates. Employing engineering controls such as local exhaust ventilation or lifting equipment can safeguard worker health.
Introductory
Bradley King
Emily Schmick
Tim Martin, CSP, CFPS Well Servicing and Completion Safety for Marginal Production

Presentation will address various safety related issues unique to well servicing and minor completion activities using pole and derrick type rigs. Some of the activities that will be discussed include: swabbing, pump changes, pulling rods\tubing, wireline, running tools, fishing, squeeze jobs and use of power swivels. Presentation will cover shortcuts that are often taken by rig hands, proper inspection of rigs and controls that should be in place.
Intermediate
Stephen Gale Diesel Engine Runaway - The Risks Revealed by Test Results

The US Upstream Oil and Gas industry has significant accident history where engines ignited gas leaks. The factors leading to diesel runaway were poorly understood until proper tests were conducted in 2017. The presentation shares test results to alert operators and safety managers of the risks and explains appropriate preventive measures.
Intermediate
Alejandra Ramirez-Cardenas Putting it all together: An analysis of oil and gas extraction worker fatalities, severe injuries, and illnesses using the FOG database and OSHA severe injury reports

The fatality rate among oil and gas extraction (OGE) workers is six times that of workers in general industry. To better understand OGE worker hazards, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) developed the Fatalities in Oil and Gas Extraction (FOG) database to collect detailed information about OGE worker fatalities starting in 2014. A year later, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration required all employers to report severe injuries. To provide a comprehensive examination hazards to OGE workers, this session will cover key findings of an analysis of fatalities in the FOG database from 2014–2016 and severe injuries and illnesses to OGE workers reported to OSHA from 2015–2016. Case studies will be used to illustrate what lessons can be learned from these events and recommendations for improving health and safety programs based on the results of the analysis will be provided.
Introductory
Sophia Ridl, BA
Emily Schmick
Fred Kohanna Sudden Cardiac Death in the Oil and Gas Industry: Is it Preventable?

This presentation will provide information on the risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in the Oil and Gas Industry. Over 400,000 Americans die each year from SCD of which approximately 13% die in the workplace. These deaths occur in all job categories, but are particularly problematic in jobs such as firefighting, law enforcement, and other physically demanding jobs such as those found in the Oil and Gas Industry. These events often occur in isolated worksite locations such as off-shore platforms and remote on-shore drilling sites, making it even more difficult to provide lifesaving assistance. SCD can also occur in high stress white collar workers in the Oil and Gas Industry. The indirect and direct costs of SCD in the workplace will be discussed, as well as the emotional toll that SCD takes on co-workers. Risk factors for SCD in the workplace, as well as prevention strategies will be covered.
Intermediate

Education, Training and Transportation

Mark Denkowski Advances in Well Control Training: A Leap Forward in Content, Retention, and Data-Driven Analysis

To address the estimated 80% of incidents that have human error as a root cause, trainers and other stakeholders in the upstream O&G sector have made considerable progress in their collaborations toward integrating crew resource management (CRM) into a variety of safety-related courses. In addition to the many industry collaborations aimed at addressing CRM, individual companies have been integrating the content into courses and drills involving well control, safety leadership, drilling operations, and crane operation, among others. The CRM content includes situation awareness, decision-making, communication, teamwork, leadership, and factors that affect human performance. This presentation will provide the status of collaborative projects to address CRM, a profile of courses integrating CRM, and the lessons learned through these efforts.
Intermediate
Peter Guske Putting Your Own Back, “Back In” AND Comprehensive Employee Wellness in 60 Minutes per Month

Given that the largest portion of all health/safety costs for any employer are directly attributable to only 3 maladies:1)Fatigue/Diabetes, 2)Low Back Pain, and 3)Heart Disease, this unique, lively presentation ultimately focuses on the costliest, most common injury in all of safety/health; Low Back Pain, but highlights much farther-reaching implications for worker safety and the integration with health, included is a demonstration on how to put your own back, "back in". In sharp contrast to traditional approaches, this new, ground-breaking approach dramatically reduces expenses and has been demonstrated for companies nationwide by challenging the long-held beliefs that aerobics, core/strengthening or “correct lifting” have been effective, since none of these have shown cost savings or back injury reductions. Usable in all work settings, any age group and in a fraction of the time of the usual wellness programs. No abstractions or “fluff”, just real, immediately usable information.
Advanced
Paul Moomjean Creating and Using Microlearning Content for Workers

Microlearning is the latest, most efficient way to review and train employees. Studies are showing that workers and learners don’t respond to long training videos and sessions, instead finding short, engaging videos to train workers. In this session learn what type of microlearning based review videos and courses your company can create with a smart phone, easy to use apps, and how to distribute quickly to employees. Using both live-action videos, animated videos and other multi-media formats, workers will feel refreshed and renewed after training, helping to increase productivity and help save lives.
Introductory
Nick Howe Overcoming Unconscious Incompetence - the hidden problem in safety training

Research shows that people are typically 15-40% unconsciously incompetent - they think they know something when in fact they don't. This has huge implications in every facet of work, not least in health and safety. In this session we'll explore the work we've done with the National Safety Council and others to uncover unconscious incompetence, and how new approaches to teaching can raise learners' self-awareness and solve this potentially life-threatening problem.
Intermediate
Joe McClary Training Standards that Promote Health and Safety

This session will examine new continuing education and training standards offered by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training developed by their Petroleum and Natural Gas Advisory Board. These are serious training standards that a consortium of major petroleum and natural gas related organizations collaborated on to improve training across the entire industry. The standard was developed to ensure that as new workers enter the petroleum and natural gas industry, they do not re-learn lessons from the past through injury or death. Specific case studies will be presented about how these standards are being used in industry and how stakeholders came together to focus how to improve learning transfer and ensure work safety is the priority in every training event.

This session will also cover adult learning principles that critical to health and safety organizations trying to make the most out of training their stakeholders to stay safe and productive.

After this session, attendees will:
  • Identify new oil and gas training standards.
  • Recognize the need for training standards.
  • Recognize how safety related training is held to a higher standard.
  • Apply training standards including best practices for instructional design, facilitation and competency model development.
  • Recognize the ROI of having high training standards.
Intermediate
Teri Laliberte
David Cooper The Safety Training Logic: Reducing risk through competency mapping and effective training assignment

Managers responsible for safety training assignments face many problems in assigning accurate and relevant training and making sure it is done in a timely manner.

This presentation will show how a manager can design their own training logic through the competency mapping process. The goal is to construct a ‘Hazard Taxonomy’ and use this as the basis to develop a training logic, linking employees to the training they need through assessment of job hazard analyses and other documentation. This approach results in a database consisting of related sets of data that accurately link employees to the training they need via identified hazards, aspects and competencies. The presentation will show how these e relationships are determined and mapped. The discussion will show how to identify, label and link the various components of the training logic. The attendees will leave the session with knowledge of how to build their own training logic and see how it fits with ISO45001 processes.
Intermediate
Natae Bugg Fighting the Forgetting Curve

How safe would it be if an employee forgot 70% of the lockout/tagout procedure for a machine? According to some research, most of us forget 70% of what we learn within hours of learning it. This session will look at ways to increase learner retention of training.
Intermediate
Joy Inouye Getting it Right: Contractor Safety Management In a Complex World

Research conducted by the Campbell Institute at the National Safety Council has revealed a simple but comprehensive life cycle approach that can be used to manage all stages of contractor relationships, from pre-qualification, risk assessment, and training to on-job monitoring and post-job evaluation. Using a multi-method analysis of the best-of-the-best in EHS, this research not only outlines the principles all organizations need to consider – it looks critically at where organizations most often struggle and offers suggestions for process improvements. This session will outline a simple but comprehensive framework with real-world evidence to enable attendees and their organizations to develop, evolve, and sustain the contractor management programs they need to achieve world-class EHS excellence. Whether their relationships involve global, remote, non-routine work or an embedded, long-term function within the organization, this session will help companies of all shapes and sizes “get
Intermediate
Kyla Retzer In-Vehicle Monitoring System (IVMS) data: An Examination of Patterns of Risky Driving Behavior Among 2,176 Drivers from Eight U.S. Oil and Gas Companies 

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of fatality in the Oil and Gas Extraction Industry. The implementation of IVMS combined with coaching has shown to be effective in reducing risky driving behaviors (i.e. speeding, harsh braking, harsh acceleration). IVMS data has not been commonly examined on a larger scale to examine what patterns can be identified in driver behaviors to guide road safety programs. This presentation will review the preliminary findings of an analysis of a large IVMS dataset of 2,176 drivers from 8 Oil and Gas Companies. The authors identified variations in speeding and harsh acceleration events throughout the work day, the work week, and between different company types. A discussion of the findings, limitations, and guidance for the improvement of journey management and road safety policies will be given.
Introductory
Gregory Kushnir, PhD

Engineering Control Process Safety Events and Mitigation

Scott Margollin Flash Fire Duration and Energy and PPE Performance

No one likes to be told what to wear, but hazards such as flash fire or arc flash demand flame resistant clothing. FRC programs offering few fabrics or styles tend to generate complaints and non- compliance. Learn how offering choice of FR fibers, fabrics, and garments can enhance safety and satisfaction.
Intermediate
JD Danni Oil & Gas Hazard Alerts: Past, Present and Future

With the past events related with Tank Gauging and monitoring for hazards at production sites, the industry, NIOSH, and OSHA have been seeing concerns and hazards with loading and unloading crude oil products from storage tanks to and from tank trucks. This presentation will discuss the hazards associated with loading/unloading crude oil, production water, etc. to and from tank trucks with examples of past incidents and fatalities, actual monitoring and video sampling, and proper procedures and safe practices employers and workers need to implement to prevent fires, explosions, or exposure to hydrocarbon vapors and toxic gases (H2S).
Intermediate
Ron Truelove Heater Burner Automation Reduces Operator Injury Risk

The presentation will address the typical, least costly pneumatic burner control design for heater treaters, glycol dehy reboilers, line heaters, and other fire tube designs. The safety risks of the typical design will be identified. Electronic burner management will then generically be presented identifying the specific safety risk reductions that can be achieved. The focus will be on reducing employee safety risk through automation upgrades.
Intermediate
Joseph Avila Applying OSHA's Walking & Working Surfaces Standards to Field Gas Compression

I will speak about OSHA's revised WWS requirements and slips/trips/falls data, common challenges for these in an on-shore, field production site, natural gas compression environment, showing numerous actual photos of these challenges and special situations. I will explain several solutions, resources and methods that oil/gas companies involved with gas production and compression can use to increase worker safety at field sites and reduce slip/trip/fall incidents and injuries.
Intermediate
Andrew Keller Bringing Transparency to Produced Water

New technologies could change how we manage produced water and transform the relationship between producers, haulers, SWD's and the risk involved. Smart sensors are ushering in an era of "management by exception" amd are delivering realtime visibility, accuracy, and accountability. The application and integration of connected sensors are transforming the relationships between operators and service companies. How are drivers and field workers reacting to these new, potentially disruptive technologies?
Intermediate
Matthew Roberts Integrating HumanFactors into Process Safety for Production

Process safety incidents are a part of every oil & gas operators reality. These incidents can end with shutdowns and money lost or even worse. Today the human factor is responsible for a large number of process safety incidents. A lot of money has been invested in technology and in improving hardware barriers. Some of these solutions are complex and only work in combination with strong competences and procedural discipline. Maybe that’s one of the reasons why human barriers fail more often. Poor decision making, lack of situation awareness and complex procedures, combined with poor procedural training and lack of awareness among senior management will increase the risk of major incidents significantly. The key to prevent process safety incidents is to enhance the right behavior among operating staff, by getting them to understand and recognize the importance of maintaining hardware barriers and always working within operational barriers. This presentation outlines the hands-on training, using simulators, that was used to reduce the number of process safety incidents for one company by 54%.
Intermediate
Chad Hyman Control Solutions During Manual Tank Gauging

The presentation will discuss the engineering controls currently available and being utilized during pressure pumping activities as well as evaluate various statistical evaluations such as the UCL, LCL 95% of equipment and the intercompany variations that can occur with the same type of equipment. The controls evaluated during this presentation include: Sand Kings, Sandboxes, Various Silos, Dust Control Systems, and Chemical Coatings.
Intermediate

Management, Leadership and HSE Management Systems

Mark Crelia Driving Transformation: How to Actively CARE

The role of leadership in transformational change within an organization can never be overstated. In H&P's journey, the ability of leadership to warm or cool the waters of change was evident at all levels. The organization had to address a culture in which 40% of the incidents that had serious injury or fatality potential had a supervisor either directing the work or participating in it. H&P leadership provided direction, resources, and most importantly commitment to drive this transformation. With the philosophical change in the organization, processes and systems were put in place to reflect this change. Some processes, such as STOP, were discontinued while others were added. These changes were made with input from all levels of the organization in order to create a greater sense of ownership throughout the company. We believe the ability to participate in the process will ultimately assist us in creating a value based culture rather than a compliance based culture.
Intermediate
Mark Farley The Importance of EHS Leadership in Delivering Strong EHS Performance

This presentation will discuss the role of organizational and site leadership in fostering a healthy organizational culture and delivering strong environmental, health, and safety (EHS) performance.

It will consider the concept of organizational culture and identify the hallmarks of a strong EHS cultures and effective EHS leaders. The presentation also will discuss how government agencies continue to focus on organizational culture when investigating major safety and environmental incidents. It also will explain how prosecutors use organizational culture as a lens when evaluating whether to prosecute companies or individuals for alleged violations of federal environmental and safety laws.
Intermediate
Judith Glick-Smith Preparing the Self for Flow-Based Leadership-Leadership Begins With You

Firefighters know what it means when they arrive on the scene of a house fire and find a frantic woman in the driveway: There is a child inside. They immediately enter “the zone,” because they know what to do. This is based on their training and experience. The feeling of being “in the zone,” is referred to in the field of positive psychology, “the flow.” Multiple studies have shown that, if people have the proper training and experience, they will make better decisions in emerging situations while in a flow-state. How can your organization help your people experience flow more often, thereby improving their decision-making? This presentation describes what flow is and what flow-based decision making and flow-based leadership look like. It also details a flow-based leadership model for implementation, based on an extreme, experiential training program in the fire service called Georgia Smoke Diver (GSD).
Intermediate
Robert Sheninger Increasing Employee Engagement & Empowerment Utilizing a Recurrent Risk Assessment Approach

There are a multitude of tools used to identify hazards/risk in industry including, but not limited to, Job Safety Analysis, Behavioral observations, incident reports and management of change (MOC). While these tools are quite common among us, there continues to be a high frequency of incidents where inadequate hazard identification is either the root cause or a contributing factor to the incidents that are occurring. People continue to make decisions that put themselves in harm’s way due to a fundamental lack of understanding on the hazards they can be exposed to and/or the most effective way to protect themselves. Here we focus on the synergies created by incorporating existing hazard identification tools (Job Safety Analysis, Behavior-Based Observations, Incident Investigations, Management of Change, etc.) into a continual risk assessment methodology that ultimately gets more people involved in the HSE process while promoting use of Stop Work Authority.
Intermediate
David Musgrave Human Performance & Critical Decision Making: Taking Control of How We Decide

Taking better control of how the brain operates within critical work settings is possible through applied neuroscience and fundamental alignment around risk, and the result is significant reduction in human error. This session highlights the importance of several factors key to effective decision-making that range from perception of weak signals through to conscious execution of critical tasks at home, on the roads, and at work.:
  • Brain Facts That Impact Critical Decision-Making
  • Aligning on Risk
  • Taking Control of the Brain So We Important Things Right, Every Single Time
Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the hardware of the human brain and how critical decision making occurs
  • Understanding of how we make decisions including risk-based decisions
  • Embedding this information systemically to drive high human performance reliability (right-first-time results)
Advanced
Rajni Walia, PhD
Jerry Eubank Leadership Styles and Team Performance Correlations

Leadership styles can affect operational and safety performance can be both positive and negative. A review of empirical research regarding authoritarian leadership, participative leadership, delegative leadership, transformational leadership style, transactional leadership style, and situational leadership styles will be presented. The most effective method, transformational leadership, will be reviewed in greater detail. The pros and cons of each style will be presented and how they relate to operational and safety performance.
Advanced
Duston McConnell Dropped Object Prevention

While dropped objects on drilling rigs and well sites may seem inconsequential, within the industry, dropped objects account for a significant percentage of high potential incidents. High potential incidents have the potential to cause serious harm to a person or even worse, a fatality. This significant percentage of high potential incidents can be attributed to the lack of industry wide standards for the prevention and mitigation of dropped objects.

Several major operators, drilling contractors, service companies and an OEM spent 18 months collaborating to create a standard to close this industry gap. In support of DROPS, the industry-wide initiative focused on creating practices to prevent and mitigate the occurrence of dropped objects. Their industry recommended practice was published in 3Q of 2017. The operators on the team have agreed to implement this industry standard in lieu of their internal standards. This initiative has been highly praised among the drilling contractors and
Intermediate
Richard Cerenzio Contractor Management Strategy - Insights from a Survey of Decision Makers

Contractors and suppliers enable organizations to streamline their operations, manage risk exposure, optimize cost structure and sharpen focus on core competencies. Hiring Organizations are challenged to accomplish their contractor management objectives while working through internal constraints such as leadership priorities and competing resource allocation as well as shortages of qualified contractors and competent work force. How are Hiring Organizations managing the challenges that are commonly recognized, and what are the top priorities being pursued by decision makers? And perhaps more importantly, what characterizes leading organizations in their contractor management journey? ISN conducted a survey to provide answers and insights into these questions, with the objective of helping organizations across all industries who rely on contractors to drive continual improvement in their efforts toward a zero-incident workplace and reliable operations.
Intermediate
Efren Blackledge
Martin Sanchez Improved Safety through Visible and Engaged Leaders 

BHP’s field leadership program is designed to improve safety outcomes through visible and engaged leaders. It incorporates verification of fatality risk controls and contains additional components to ensure other elements of the HSE management system are tested. Through conversation and recognition, positive behaviors are reinforced and at-risk behaviors are addressed.
Intermediate

OSHA Regulatory and Industrial Hygiene

Chad Hyman NORM/TENORM Management: Measurement, Exposure Assessment and Controls

Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have made it possible to produce oil and gas from tight shales. These shales can produce brine that may contain low levels of radionuclides, known as naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM). Exploration and production activities may concentrate these radionuclides. This is known as Technologically Enhanced NORM (TENORM). To protect workers and members of the public from potential exposure to NORM/TENORM it is important to understand the origin of NORM/TENORM, identify the radioisotopes present and identify processes that may lead to elevated TENORM levels. This presentation will describe equipment and methods for verifying the presence/absence of NORM/TENORM, identify those exploration and production activities where NORM/TENORM is present, characterize exposures and discuss ways to reduce exposures to workers and the public during exploration and production operations, maintenance, waste handling and waste disposal activities.
Intermediate
Dr. John Snawder
Mike Marshall RAGAGEP – OSHA Wants Me to Do What??
  • Discuss the RAGAGEP concept and how it fits into the upstream process safety lifecycle
  • Identify the PSM sub-elements relevant to RAGAGEP enforcement
  • Identify major sources of RAGAGEP
  • Understand other uses of RAGAGEP-like materials in -PSM enforcement and other PSM elements
  • Putting It All Together – How RAGAGEP works in your facility
  • Review actual upstream RAGAGEP citations
Intermediate
JD Danni Hazards Associated with Tank Truck Loading/Unloading Operations

With the past events related with Tank Gauging and monitoring for hazards at production sites, the industry, NIOSH, and OSHA have been seeing concerns and hazards with loading and unloading crude oil products from storage tanks to and from tank trucks. This presentation will discuss the hazards associated with loading/unloading crude oil, production water, etc. to and from tank trucks with examples of past incidents and fatalities, actual monitoring and video sampling, and proper procedures and safe practices employers and workers need to implement to prevent fires, explosions, or exposure to hydrocarbon vapors and toxic gases (H2S).
Advanced
Dr. John Snawder
Bradley King Industrial Hygiene Strategies for Assessing Exposures During Onshore Drilling Activities 

NIOSH researchers have collected data on occupational exposures occurring at onshore oil and gas drilling well sites over the past several years. This presentation will provide background on recommended industrial hygiene strategies for assessing a wide variety of exposures found at these worksites. The presenter will review observations made, data collected, results reached, and recommendations made from these site visits. These exposure assessment data and strategies will be useful to the attendee in developing and refining their own assessment activities as well as informing their exposure control plans for well drilling sites.
Intermediate
Michael Britenstein A New Method for Assessing Worker Exposure to Diesel-Based Drilling Fluids 

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is conducting exposure assessments for workers using diesel-based mud. NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods (NMAM) 5026 Oil Mist, and 5524, Metalworking Fluids have been tried but, these methods only collect the aerosol phase of the drilling fluid and suffer sample loss due to evaporation. We are developing a new method based on two ASTM Standard Test Methods, Determination of the Red Dye Concentration and Estimation of the ASTM Color of Diesel Fuel and Heating Oil Using a Portable Visible Spectrophotometer (ASTM D6757-17). This method will estimate drilling mud aerosol by measuring the amount of red dye collected on a filter, and correcting for the concentration of red dye in the drilling fluid. Air concentration can be calculated without sample loss from evaporation. The addition of charcoal tubes to the sample train will allow for collection of vapor phase components for comparison to recommended exposure limits.
Intermediate
Emily Schmick Making the Most of LEL Monitors: Flammable Gas Monitors for Exposure Monitoring

Personal flammable gas monitors designed to detect the lower explosive limit (LEL) of hydrocarbon gases are commonly used in the upstream oil and gas workplace to alert workers of hazardous conditions and initiate emergency evacuations. There has been limited evaluation of LEL monitors for use as a personal exposure monitoring device. Current consensus states that LEL monitors do not respond to flammable gas mixtures based on a cumulative correction factor, making it difficult for end users to accurately estimate the actual flammability or concentrations of gases in the air. However, this presentation challenges this consensus, and provides strategies for the calculation a correction factor for a hydrocarbon gas blend to estimate concentrations of toxic hydrocarbon gases and vapors.
Advanced
Terri Pearce
Joseph Kraham Respirable Silica Standard (General Industry) - Path to Compliance and Best Practices

The OSHA general industry standard on Respirable Silica Dust, 29 CFR 1910.1053, had the first update to the rule since 1971. The new regulations started in June of 2016, but the enforcement component was enacted in the second phase in June of 2018. This new standard is significantly impacting the fracking industry. This purpose of this presentation is to address the general industry component and demonstrate how companies can achieve compliance with one of the largest and most impactful OSHA regulation changes to the oil and gas industry. As an engineering / consulting company, AIRIS has extensive experience with silica hazard control and mitigation. This presentation will provide specific examples of lessons learned, correct pathway to compliance, and the best available options to achieve excellence.
Intermediate
Christopher (Kit) Penniall, B.S., M.S., CIH Manganese Expossures During Welding and Hot Work Tasks

Presentation will review the toxicology and epidemiology study information used to support the ACGIH exposure limit for manganese, the welding and hot work tasks associated with potential overexposure to Mn, and the challenges of implementing work controls in the upstream environment. Participants will gain a broader perspective of welding health hazards and associated work controls.
Advanced
William “Bill” Brown, M.S., CSP
Pauline Rotich, B.S., M.S., CIH

Target Topics

Greg Dillard Conducting Incident Investigations on Multi-Employer Work Sites

In many industries, including the upstream oil and gas industry, it is common practice to conduct an investigation into injury/environmental/safety incidents. Sometimes those investigations are conducted exclusively by the company, but when you are operating on a multi-employer work site, such investigations are often conducted in coordination or simultaneously between operators and contractors. Such investigations are sometimes conducted under legal privilege and other times they are conducted as part of a normal work practice.

This presentation will discuss multiple options for how and when to conduct a post-incident investigation under legal privilege, especially when multiple companies are involved, as well as the impact of a recent Texas court decision that found a company waived its attorney-client communication by disclosing parts of its internal investigation to the public.
Advanced
Ranajna Mehta Fatigue Risk Assessment and Management in High-Risk Environments (FRAME) Applications for Oil and Gas Operations 

Worker fatigue is a critical occupational risk that has cost lives, injured workers, disrupted productivity, with economic losses estimated at $18 billion a year. This is a big problem, particularly in the OGE industry, as these workers are exposed to intensive shift patterns and long work durations, coupled with intense physical and mental workload inherent of the OGE environment. In this presentation, we will describe the Fatigue Risk Assessment and Management in high-risk Environments (FRAME) Initiative, which through an industry-academic partnership resulted in the development of OGE-specific fatigue assessment tools. We will demonstrate the utility of the FRAME tools in a high-fidelity offshore drilling environment. Through a Burden, Need, and Impact (BNI) framework, we will discuss the applicability of API 755 FRMS guidelines for OGE operations, underscore the importance of industry-academic partnerships, and identify related barriers and opportunities.
Intermediate
Joyce Ryel Review of Case Studies: Why do Fatal and Serious Injury Incidents Keep Occurring?

The presentation will focus on recent significant case studies of oil and gas fatality and injury incidents and explore the root causation.
Intermediate
David Bates
Pete Flatten This Ain't Your Daddy's Oilfield - Culture and Safety Change in the Oil Patch 

This presentation will cover generational differences and how the differences influence relationships, management, conflict, and teamwork in the oilfield. It will also present examples of how perceptions of risk and safety management has evolved over the last 20 years and why it is important to keep improving our culture and making this an industry we would be proud to have our sons and daughters work in. Attendees will gain an appreciation for the younger and older generations, how to work with them more effectively, and how to manage change in a positive and productive manner.
Intermediate
Geri Blanchard, MS, REM, CSP Release for Unrestricted Use and Transfers Involving NORM Contamination

The NORM industry is driven by litigation and regulations. Most litigation involving NORM contamination is centered around improper release for unrestricted use. Property and equipment transfers may prompt the need for proper release for unrestricted use, to avoid improper decontamination activities made by the recipient. NORM-specific rules differentiate between maintenance and decontamination. Contractors have the potential to inhale and ingest alpha and beta contamination during typical maintenance activities. This presentation will focus on the correct field practices, legal issues, maintenance/decontamination, and appropriate operator/contractor responsibilities.
Advanced
Thom Kramer ANSI/ASSE Z359 Fall Protection and Restraint Forum - Impact on the Oil and Gas Industry

The new ANSI/ASSE Fall Protection Code was released in 2017. This collection of standards has significant impact on the implementation of effective fall protection and fall restraint programs. We continue to get a number of inquiries about these standards. The Z359 Committee would present with the idea of a short (fifteen minute) presentation on the standards, get into specific technical issues with the standards, and then finally take questions and answers from the audience and/or facilitate a panel discussion.

Falls remain a leading cause of on-the-job injuries and fatalities. These standards address fall protection equipment and systems for climbing, man riding, work positioning, fall arrest, rescue, evacuation, and other fall hazard operations, in addition to training, hazard identification and abating hazards to help prevent injuries and illness when working at height. The emphasis would be on the oil and gas industry

The ANSI/ASSE Z359 Fall Protection Code provides an overall blueprint to help prevent injuries and illnesses that result when workers fall from heights. The Code and its included standards provide critical management systems requirements and guidelines for improvement of fall protection/arrest programs.

Experts from labor, government, professional organizations and industry formulated this Code after extensive consensus building and examination of current national and international standards, guidelines and practices.

Learning Outcome #1
  • To give a successful presentation addressing the ANSI/ASSE Z359 Standards, several pending new/revised standards and explain how they will impact the profession and the oil and gas industry.
Learning Outcome #2
  • Providing additional tangible skills and knowledge to attendees to assist them in moving their own Fall protection and restraint programs forward regarding the use of the Fall Protection Code in the oil and gas industry
Learning Outcome #3
  • Present examples of how ANSI/ASSE Z359 Standards are used by government agencies on a global level to move fall protection and restraint forward.
Intermediate
Karl Guthrie
Dan Henn
Dr. Kyle Moller A Multi-State Initiative to Examine Workers' Compensation Claims For Oil and Gas Extraction Workers

This session will provide the preliminary findings of a multi-state and National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) effort to examine and report on workers’ compensations claims data among the oil and gas extraction workforce. While recognizing that workers’ compensation laws and systems vary widely across states, this multi-state group of occupational health professionals is working to establish consistent methods for identifying and analyzing oil and gas extraction related claims. Data from multiple states will be presented, including at a minimum: Alaska, California, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Texas, and Wyoming. Intrastate data from the National Center for Compensation Insurance (NCCI) will also be presented. Information about the cause and nature of the injury/illness, severity, and costs associated with various types of claims will be provided. Presenters will give recommendations for the use of this data to support health and safety programs.
Joseph Barnes Emergency Field Medicine

Description: Safety is about teaching people to see. When we enter any new profession or lifestyle change, obstacles can equate to injuries and lost time. As leaders we have the opportunity to enable new employees, as well as the old hands, to see what they would have walked by in a previous setting. It is in the way that we reach people that establishes us as an effective leader. Are we a dictator or a partner in production? We must sell the relationship with each other before we can expect buy in to any safety program. All the scientific advancements in the world will not save a single life if those in our charge don’t believe in us as leaders.
Charles Simpson ANSI Z390 Hydrogen Sulfide Training Requirements Recommended Practice - How to Comply

Prior to the full blown manifestation of hazard there are often clues that the work environment has the potential to to develop a hazard. If these clues are recognized early enough then the hazard can be mitigated before it is even present.

Recognizing hazard clues effectively, requires a general understanding the human cognition weaknesses so the observer can actually "see" what is in front of them.

This presentation uses concepts developed by the Air Force to improve target recognition many years ago.


POST-CONFERENCE SESSIONS

Dr. John Snawder Personal Breathing Zone, Area and Source Monitoring of Airborne Contaminants in Upstream Oil & Gas Operations

Oil and gas production may lead to exposures to airborne contaminants. Traditional workplace air sampling along with direct reading technologies can produce qualitative and quantitative exposure assessments to improve worker safety and health. During this session, learn more about characterizing emissions; how to identify the chemical components and sampling strategies.
Bradley King
Emily Schmick
Eric Esswein