The STEPS Network was organized in the face of oil and gas
(O&G) industry wide injury and fatality statistics that were
alarming to both OSHA and the industry. In response, in 2003, OSHA
invited industry representatives and safety consultants from all
associated fields to attend a meeting to make a change. STEPS
set-up and implemented an employee onboarding and training system
that is applicable across the industry.
The National STEPS Network includes operators and contractors in
the O&G Exploration, Production and Product Transmission
industry as equally valued members in partnership with OSHA, NIOSH,
other trade associations, and educators across the country. The
Network's goal was to serve all producing regions of the United
States and to eventually share the program internationally.
The STEPS system as established provided three tiers of
Tier One: New employee onboarding, a
7 1/2 hour safety orientation program;
Tier Two: OSHA 5810, Hazards
Recognition and Standards for On-Shore O&G Exploration and
Tier Three: Leadership Course for
The STEPS leadership indicates that the effort has been
successful, providing over 940,000 Tier One orientation sessions
through 2010. The National STEPS program has continued to grow,
with now twenty-two independent regional networks serving twenty
O&G producing states. Eight of the networks have signed formal
alliances with OSHA, and the National STEPS Network signed a formal
Alliance with OSHA and NIOSH on December 2, 2014.
For other industry segments, and for employers, the STEPS
Network provides a working model for safety industry-wide
onboarding and training. It is a model that may provide other
industries and employers with food-for-thought.
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