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Welcome to the website for North Texas Exploration and Production Safety Network (NTEPS)!

We hope you will join us at our next meeting. Meetings are held on the third Friday of each month from 9 AM to 11 AM. 

Meetings are held at the UTA Division for Enterprise Development Center, 140 West Mitchell Street, Arlington, TX 76010, Room: E200 F/G/H. 

This Month's Meeting August 16, 2019
Join us prior to the meeting from 8:30 to 9:00 AM for Coffee and Donuts! Compliments of J-W Power Company
Guest Speaker 1: Kenny Jordan, Executive Director, Association of Energy Service Companies (AESC). Mr. Jordan will be presenting an "Update on statistics regarding Well Servicing Companies."
Guest Speaker 2: Eric L Rosemann, CSP, President of Eric Rosemann and Associates, LLC. Mr. Roseman will be presenting "Pryor Trust Well - Industry Address to Lessons Learned & the Process Safety Push Into Land Oil & Gas Operations."
Guest Speaker 3: J.P. Walsh, Compliance Assistance Specialist, OSHA Update.

Upcoming Meeting September 20, 2019
Guest Speaker 1:  TBA 
Guest Speaker 2:  J.P. Walsh, Compliance Assistance Specialist, OSHA Update.  Mr. Walsh will be presenting "The Role of an OSHA CSHO During an Investigation."

Upcoming Meeting October 18, 2019
Guest Speaker 1:  TBA 
Guest Speaker 2:  J.P. Walsh, Compliance Assistance Specialist, OSHA Update. 

Register for Safe + Sound Week 2019!
Safe + Sound Week is just around the corner!

From August 12-18, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor will join with workers and job creators across the country for Safe + Sound Week, a nationwide event that recognizes the successes of workplace safety and health programs and offers information and ideas on how to keep America’s workers safe.

Have you signed up?

Visit the Safe + Sound Week website to learn more about how you can participate.

Hot Topics

HAZARD ALERT - GROUND DISTURBANCE

8,000 natural gas line strikes in 2016 and 5 deaths from 2006-2016 in U.S. Onshore Upstream industry

Striking any line while excavating, digging, grading, driving stakes, or doing other ground disturbance activities near underground utilities can harm workers, the public, and the environment. These incidents can occur immediately, or months or years later if damage is not reported or repaired.

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LIMITATIONS OF MULTI-GAS MONITORS HAZARD ALERT

Multi-Gas Monitors for Oil and Gas Industry: Understanding the Proper Use and Monitor Capabilities

An H2S monitor is likely not enough...Multi-gas monitors can protect workers from unseen workplace hazards, such as toxic, flammable, and oxygen deficient atmospheres. By alarming in the presence of harmful atmospheres, a properly calibrated multi-gas monitor can alert the worker to unsafe conditions.

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NIOSH-OSHA HAZARD ALERT - MANUAL TANK GAUGING AND SAMPLING

Health and Safety Risks for Workers Involved in Manual Tank Gauging and Sampling at Oil and Gas Extraction Sites

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have identified health and safety risks to workers who manually gauge

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HAZARD ALERT - OILFIELD HOT WORK

Fatalities Associated with Hot Work on Oilfield Tanks, Tankers, and other related equipment

Between 2005 and 2015 "85" DEATHS due to fires or explosions, Including 28 hot work deaths

Produced fluids, such as crude oil, flowback water, and produced water are brought to the surface, along with hydrocarbon vapors and gases during production operations.

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HAZARD ALERT - IGNITION OF VAPORS

Prevention of Fatalities from Ignition of Vapors by Mobile Engines and Auxiliary Motors

Between 2005 and 2015 "85" DEATHS due to fires or explosions, Including 27 mobile engines/motors deaths

Vehicles and motorized equipment present an ignition hazard if located too close to the wellbore or other potential flammable vapor sources (e.g., flowback tanks, frac tanks, production tanks).

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News

Safe + Sound Week - August 12-18, 2019

Last year, Safe + Sound Week was a success by all measures. Hundreds of businesses across the country participated to showcase elements of their safety and health programs during the week, or took a step in the right direction by starting to build their safety and health program. We are pleased to announce that this year Safe + Sound Week will take place August 12-18. Leading up to Safe + Sound Week, there will be opportunities to learn more about safety and health programs and get exclusive content from Safe + Sound Organizers.

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May 31 is National Heat Awareness Day

OSHA and the National Weather Service will team up on May 31 to encourage employers and workers to recognize the warning signs for heat illness and keep workers safe. Every year, there are dozens of preventable worker deaths and thousands more workers become ill from extreme heat or humid conditions. 

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New Oil and Gas Exploration Safety Video

The oil and gas industry employs hundreds of thousands of workers. These workers are engaged in many different industrial processes needed to successfully drill and service a well. Recognizing and controlling hazards is critical to preventing injuries and deaths.

A new video developed by the Region VI OSHA Training Institute Education Centers offers guidance on how to prevent injuries and fatalities from common hazards in the oil and gas industry. 

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Sixth Annual National Fall Stand-Down Begins May 6

Thousands of worksites will join OSHA and its partners for the annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction with events across the country from May 6-10. Employers and workers will pause during the workday to talk about fall hazards, OSHA compliance, and industry best practices to prevent falls in all workplaces. The lack of proper fall protection is the most frequently cited OSHA violation. Share your Stand-Down story on social media, with the hashtag: #StandDown4Safety. #Arlington #Dallas #Irving

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National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) OSHA Event

The OSHA Fort Worth Area Office will be hosting an event at the UT Arlington - Division for Enterprise Development Center. The event will consist of a training session and discussion on the MUTCD, applicable OSHA regulations, and road construction safety in General.

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Alliance Signing

If you missed the January 18th meeting, there's great news...NTEPS and the Fort Worth OSHA area office have formed an Alliance to provide NTEPS members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to Oil and Gas Exploration and Production hazards and addressing Oil production and distribution safety and health issues, and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).

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ANNOUNCING OSHA-NIOSH HEAT SAFETY TOOL

As part of our effort to keep you informed of new OSHA resources, we wanted to let you know about the release of the OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool. The new app, available for both Android and iPhone, is a collaborative effort between OSHA and NIOSH to update the OSHA Heat Safety Tool. Since its launch in 2011, more than 450,000 users have downloaded the OSHA Heat Safety Tool.

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OIL AND GAS EXTRACTION WORKER FATALITIES 2014; NIOSH FATALITIES IN OIL AND GAS EXTRACTION (FOG) DATABASE

This report describes fatal incidents identified by the NIOSH Fatalities in Oil and Gas Extraction (FOG) database that occurred in 2014. The purpose of FOG is to collect detailed information about worker fatalities related to U.S. oil and gas extraction.

This report provides updates to fatalities published in the Oil and Gas Extraction Worker Fatalities, 2014 Mid-year Report: January 1, 2014–June 30, 2014, and also includes fatalities from the second half of the year.

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Submit A Photo

The NTEPS website is here to support the North Texas Oil and Gas Industry and one way of doing so is by showing everyone some awesome photos of industry. If you have a photo or photos, feel free to submit them!

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Submit An Employment Opportunity

Networking is one of the best ways to help each other out, especially when you're looking to make a career move or on the search for employment.

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Submit An Event

Do you know of the date to an important safety related event or conference and would like to share it, feel free to submit it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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