OSHA for Oil and Gas: Regulations, Auditing and Enforcement

October 26, 2017 :: New Orleans, LA

Accredited for 6.5 CLE Credits in Louisiana

Accredited for 6.25 CLE Credits in Texas

Other State Submittals by Request
The fatality and incident rate in the oil & gas sector remains one of the highest in the U.S. And real life disasters, such as the Texas City refinery explosion, emphasize why it is so crucial to improve the safety culture in the industry. In many respects, industry is moving in the right direction by beginning to emphasize leading rather than lagging indicators. However, there is still work to do.
Given the high risk of oil and gas work, the diversity of projects, the remote nature of the operations, and the fact that many employees and supervisors are new to this industry, there is a critical need to expand safety auditing to ensure best practices across all sectors of the supply chain, from upstream drillers, well servicing teams, and frack crews at the well site to pipeline construction crews and operators and refinery workers.
In OSHA for Oil and Gas, we review safety auditing best practices, employee and contractor safety as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Act’s (OSHA's) regulations and enforcement initiatives.
There is a series of rules and rulemaking proceedings that affect the industry (e.g., process safety management). There are also a number of OSHA initiatives outside of the rulemaking context, such as National Emphasis Programs and Awareness Campaigns.  
The goal of this course is to provide guidance to oil and gas industry, with an emphasis on health and safety regulations, compliance, and enforcement trends.
This Course Is Useful For:
  • Project managers
  • HSE professionals
  • Regulatory professionals
  • Individuals new to oil and gas regulatory investigations & OSHA
  • Energy lawyers
  • Oil & gas engineers
  • In-house counsel
  • Risk managers
Course Agenda
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Introduction
8:45 – 10:00 a.m. OSHA 101 (Legal Background)
  • Brief History of OSHA
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act
  • The Agencies 
    • OSHA
    • OSHRC
    • NIOSH
  • The Standards
    • General Industry
    • Construction
    • Examples of other Standards
  • The General Duty Clause
    • Applicable Consensus Standards (e.g., ANSI, NFPA, etc.)
  • Reporting
  • Recordkeeping
10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Morning Break
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Safety Culture
  • Zero Incident Culture
  • Behavioral Safety
  • Safety Stand Downs
  • Safety Programs and Training
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Organizational Dashboard (Participation)
  • Organizational Dashboard
  • Leading versus Lagging Indicators
  • Incident and Near Miss Investigations
  • VPP
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Group Lunch
1:00 – 1:15 p.m. OSHA Jurisdiction
  • When Does PHMSA Jurisdiction Override OSHA Jurisdiction?
  • Memorandums of Understanding between Key Governmental Agencies
1:15 – 1:45 p.m. Contractor Safety Issues
  • Multi-Employer Citation Policy
  • Owner/Contractor/Subcontractor Relationship
1:45 – 2:45 p.m. Oil and Gas Sector
  • Applicable National Emphasis Programs
    • Process Safety Management
      • Refineries
      • Gas Plants
    • Excavation and Trenching
    • Silica
  • Oil and Gas Production (Drilling and Servicing)
  • Hydraulic Fracturing (Exposure to Silica)
  • Confined Space Issues
  • Spill Response
2:45 – 3:00 p.m. Afternoon Break
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. OSHA Enforcement
  • The Inspection Process
  • Citations
  • Contesting Citations
  • Proceedings before the OSHRC
  • Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP)
    • 2/11/15 OSHA Memo to Include Upstream Oil and Gas Industry
    • Update to CPL 02-000-149
4:00 – 4:30 p.m. Hot Topics
  • Top Ten List
  • OSHA Budgets
  • OSHA Agenda Items
  • I2P2 – Where Is It Going?
  • What Is the Future of OSHA and Workplace Safety in the Trump Administration
4:30 Course Adjourns!


Course Location :: New Orleans, LA

This training is being held at the Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans Convention Center.  The hotel website, map and directions are available here. No room block has been reserved for this course.

If you have any questions or need any additional information, please contact us at 720-491-1173 or denise@becomekinetic.com


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OSHA for Oil and Gas

Price: $795.00

Our Instructor

Darren Hunter, Partner, Rooney Rippie & Ratnaswamy LLP (R3)
Darren Hunter is a partner and member of the energy practice group and environmental, health and safety (EHS) practice group of the law firm of Rooney Rippie & Ratnaswamy LLP (R3), a boutique energy law firm.
His practice focuses on counseling and defending natural gas transmission, distribution and storage companies as well as oil pipeline operators in a wide variety of matters, including pipeline safety, pipeline security, regulatory compliance, governmental investigations, major incident investigations, operating agreements, and property, storage and mineral rights issues. Mr. Hunter also represents the natural gas industry and other energy and manufacturing companies in all facets of EHS law, with a strong emphasis on OSHA compliance and defense.