SVP Government Affairs Highlights State of Industry, Safety at NORA Event

Last week, Energy Workforce & Technology Council staff participated in the Fall National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Oil and Gas Extraction (OGE) Council Meeting in Houston. Meeting for the first time in person since the start of the pandemic, NORA OGE Council members participated in an informative discussion on safety issues impacting the oil and gas industry.

Energy Workforce & Technology Council SVP Government Affairs Tim Tarpley gave a presentation on the “State of the Industry” to kick off the first day. He discussed the top issues impacting companies in the energy services and technology sector of the industry, including supply chain challenges, labor and workforce recruitment and retention, and general safety concerns. Tarpley highlighted Energy Workforce’s expansive workforce development and training programs, and offered suggestions to companies looking to develop mentorship and education programs within their own organizations.

Meeting attendees also heard presentations from industry and OSHA representatives on motor vehicle safety and drivers license training programs, healthy work designs, workplace substance abuse mitigation, employee self-reporting exposure to hazards and brief presentations from the Motor Vehicle Workgroup, Health Workgroup and Safety Workgroup.

Founded in 2008, the NORA OGE Council identifies and researches emerging issues within the sector, specifically focused on motor vehicle safety, health and safety issues in the oil and gas extraction industry. Members of the council include representatives from operating, drilling and servicing companies; Occupational Safety and Health Administration; trade associations; academia; and major insurance companies. Energy Workforce has participated in this council since its initial formation — along with Member Companies and partners Berkley Oil & Gas, BP, Chevron and Helmerich & Payne — bringing to the discussion a perspective specific to the energy services and technology sector.

The next meeting of the NORA OGE Meeting is set for late February in Houston. Energy Workforce will continue to be an active participant and contributor to this important organization. Member Companies may also participate in this program. If your company has interest in joining, contact SVP Government Affairs & Counsel Tim Tarpley.

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