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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. 

No Meeting In December

To see the calendar for the 2020 meeting dates Click Here

Upcoming Meeting January 17, 2020
Guest Speaker 1:  Domingo Y. Castillo, Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist (CORPS), Wage and Hour Division, United States Department of Labor, Dallas, TX
Guest Speaker 2:  Michael T. Taylor, Chair of Labor & Employment Practice's OSHA group, Greenberg Traurig, LLP.  Mr. Taylor will be presenting "The risks associated with receiving and accepting OSHA citations as written and what the litigation process is like.   
Guest Speaker 3:  J.P. Walsh, Compliance Assistance Specialist, OSHA Update. 

Mr. Michael T. Taylor joins us from McLean, VA. He focuses his practice on the representation of employers in a variety of industries regarding Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) matters across the country. Over the last sixteen years, Michael has defended scores of employers during enforcement litigation before federal OSHA, Cal-OSHA, SC-OSHA, WA-DOSH, as well as other state plan states. Many of these representations have involved a significant injury, fatality, or catastrophic event in the workplace. Michael also provides OSHA compliance counseling, OSHA inspection counseling, OSHA whistleblower representation, and OSHA due diligence reviews for clients. Michael has wide-ranging experience in the OSHA world, including his prior public service as General Counsel to the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, the federal agency in charge of the trials and appeals of workplace safety and health disputes between federal OSHA and the regulated community. In 2013, EHS Today named Michael as one of the Top 50 People Who Most Influenced Environmental, Health, and Safety. A highly committed advocate, Michael's clients can rely on him to be present and engaged regarding any workplace safety and health issue in any state across the country.  Michael's areas of Concentration include Energy & natural resources, OSHA, and Process safety management.  

Upcoming Meeting February 21, 2020
Guest Speaker 1:  TBA 
Guest Speaker 2:  J.P. Walsh, Compliance Assistance Specialist, OSHA Update. 

We currently have the charter officer vacancy for the position of the Secretary. 

If you, or you know someone that would like to be a part of the NTEPS Team and play an integral role in serving the group, please let one of the officers know. 

 

 

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

New Study Details Prevalence of Hearing Loss among Noise-Exposed Mining, and Oil and Gas Extraction Workers

NIOSH Update:   August 27, 2019

As many as 1 in 3 workers affected in some Mining industries

A new study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine is the first to examine hearing loss prevalence and risk by industry within the Oil and Gas Extraction sector, and within most Mining sector industries. Researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found that in many industries within these sectors, at least 25% of the workers had hearing loss. In some industries, more than 30% had hearing loss.

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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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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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