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Houston, PA Team Partners with Girls Scouts to Help a Memorial Find Its Resting Place

Thanks to Total Safety’s Houston, Pennsylvania team and the Girl Scouts of West Pennsylvania, a 360-pound stone memorial will travel more than 1,000 miles to the final resting place of the U.S. Marine whose name it bears. The memorial in honor of Marine Cpl. David Eugene Hevle of Yankton, S.D., was discovered at the closed Camp Timberlake in Washington County by a volunteer. The camp was operated by Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania until October 2012.

Since the discovery, media coverage helped solve the mystery of why the memorial was there, and shed light on Hevle’s connection to Girl Scouts.

Girl Scout troops who stayed at the camps sent care packages and letters to soldiers serving in the Vietnam War, and it is believed that Hevle was one of the Marines who received packages from or corresponded with the girls.

Hevle was killed on April 8, 1967 when his amphibian tractor hit a mine and exploded. The Girl Scouts who wrote to Hevle are thought to have created the stone memorial at Camp Timberlake.

More than 46 years after his death, the memorial will return to South Dakota. Girl Scouts and local veterans and military organizations will gather at Camp Timberlake, 2334 Beallsville Rd., in Marianna, on Saturday, April 13, at 1 p.m., for a special ceremony prior to the memorial’s departure. The public is welcome to attend.

About Total Safety

Total Safety is the leading premier global provider of integrated industrial safety and compliance services, strategies and equipment for hazardous environments. Founded in December 1994 to serve the industrial safety needs of the oil and gas industry, the company has transformed itself through internal growth and acquisitions to become the industry leader in a comprehensive array of industrial safety services in a variety of end markets.

About Girl Scouts

Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership experience for girls and is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development. Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The 3-million-member organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girl Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania, call 1-800-248-3355 or visit www.gswpa.org.

Simple Lockout/Tagout Procedures Some Overlook Create Material Risk

By Stenning Schueppert, Total Safety Senior VP—Stratgety, Marketing & Corporate Development

For those responsible for personnel safety during a shutdown procedure (that’s everyone), this is for you. For those unfamiliar with lockout/tagout (LOTO) regulations, you should be aware of current deficiencies within our industry regarding the topic, as well as potential corrective actions that should be taken tomorrow to improve safety within your facility.

The three most common LOTO problems are lack of proper procedures, lack of adequate training and improper tag use. If our industry steps back to investigate these issues, we will note proper procedures and training have less correlation with team members not following protocol but more to do with companies failing to provide personnel with the knowledge, training, systems and support they need to protect their own safety and, ultimately, the safety of the people and assets around them.

How can safety issues with such directly addressable solutions survive? We should more proactively highlight and address this concern and, to influence better behavior, we should first address opinion: injuries—and even fatalities—have occurred from not sticking to LOTO procedures. A fatality in June related to improper blinding procedures at a downstream facility is similar: small missteps, material risk. The hazardous environments we work in daily are respected; the safety procedures within those environments need to be treated with that same level of respect.

The lack of procedures and training may lead to the third problem—improper tag use. But Keith Davis, president of Application Factory, noted these needless incidents “occur for a variety of reasons, such as lack of understanding about what needs to be tagged, or the inevitability of human error.” Human error can be minimized with clear and concise LOTO procedures and systems in place and, coupled with sufficient training, companies can successfully rectify this safety gap.

While the above solution sounds ideal, it may not be. An unfortunately common and growing problem is workers are provided with general LOTO training on the job, but the procedures (or lack thereof) fail to address all safety aspects to do it effectively. Like the use of locks to ensure the energy sources (and not just electricity) remain disconnected; the disconnect locations for the energy sources, the procedures for bleeding, blocking and verifying energy sources have been rendered safe; clearly labeling each lock with a durable tag (or durable label or marking) to identify the worker assigned to a lock that is used to secure an energy control device; and more.

Once developed, consistent reinforcement of the facility’s procedures is certainly a great way to keep the message of LOTO safety in the forefront of workers’ minds. Another improvement would be to create a balance between man and technology; the industry is finally evolving from traditional handwritten tags to automated LOTO solutions even a novice can operate as they are engineered specifically to prevent human error.

But it is not just up to management, HSE or maintenance to keep personnel safe.

Team members must be proactive themselves during LOTO by:

  • Following the regulations in the employer’s hazardous energy control program.
  • Completing all employer-provided training on hazardous energy control procedures.
  • Ensuring, before beginning any adjustment, maintenance or servicing work, all sources of hazardous energy are de-energized; all forms of hazardous energy, including electrical breaker panels and control valves are properly locked and tagged; and all stored energy sources are blocked or dissipated.
  • Verifying only one key exists for each of your assigned locks and only you hold that key.
  • Testing and/or observing all energy sources are de-energized.

Keeping those principles at the forefront of your mind will provide the greatest reward of all—having everyone return home safely after each and every shift.

For more information, log onto www.TotalSafety.com, call us at (888) 448-6825 or email.

 

Total Safety Broadens Safety Equipment Rental Fleet

Total Safety, the world’s leading provider of industrial safety services and equipment, has partnered with Remote Safety Recovery Systems to include a series of decontamination shower, cooling and heating, safety, and other customizable trailers as part of the Total Safety rental fleet throughout North America.

Total Safety offers decontamination shower trailers for remote locations.Ideal for remote locations, Total Safety’s mobile decontamination shower trailers provide workers with access to ANSI-compliant emergency eyewash and shower stations to flush hazardous materials from the eyes and/or body.

Built tough for climates with extreme weather, Total Safety’s cooling and heating trailers give workers access to climate-controlled trailers, ideal for conducting meetings, providing safety and first aid, and more. In addition, Total Safety offers intrinsically-safe cooling trailers equipped with misting fans to reduce the ambient air temperature, keeping body temperatures stable and preventing heat illness.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires suitable facilities within the work area to protect the health and safety of workers—and for good reason. “Prolonged exposure to high-heat or freezing climates may cause serious health problems, and depending upon thTotal Safety offers heating and cooling trailers for extreme weather.e conditions, it can happen in a relatively quick amount of time if precautions are not taken,” says Kraig Knight of Remote Safety Recovery Systems.

About Total Safety                                                                   

Total Safety, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company, is the world’s premier provider of integrated safety and compliance solutions and the products necessary to support them, including gas detection, respiratory protection, safety training, fire protection, compliance and inspection, industrial hygiene, onsite emergency medical treatment/paramedics, communications systems, engineered systems design, and materials management. It operates from 141 locations in 19 countries to ensure the safe Wellbeing of Workers Worldwide (W3).

Total Safety has been selected as one of “America’s Safest Companies” for 2012 by EHS Today, in addition to receiving the “Best in Class” award from the Houston Business Roundtable, multiple AFPM Awards, and a host of industry and customer safety accolades. For more information about Total Safety and its unwavering commitment to safety, visit www.totalsafety.com.

About Remote Safety Recovery Systems

Remote Safety Recovery Systems provides mobile safety trailers and systems to support construction, timber, agriculture, oil and gas, and other outdoor industries that are exposed to hazardous chemicals, as well as inclement weather.

For additional information contact:
Stenning Schueppert
Senior Vice President – Strategy, Marketing & Corporate Development, Total Safety
713-353-7182

Best Practices in Cultural Due Diligence

by Billy Fink, Axial Market

Stenning Schueppert is Senior Vice President, Strategy, Marketing & Corporate Development for Total Safety, industrial safety services and equipment company.Despite being intangible and undefinable, culture can be one of the primary determinants of a deal’s success. While vetting cultural pain points and planning for possible differences can lead to a smooth integration, neglecting cultural issues can lead to massive turnovers, employee dissatisfaction, and a subtractive deal.

For Total Safety, a leading integrated industrial safety services provider and Axial Member, cultural due diligence is one of the basic prerequisites for any deal. “If we cannot provide good evidence of cultural alignment, the rest of the business doesn’t matter: you would risk buying some assets but losing the people to run the business for you,” explained Stenning Schueppert, Total Safety’s SVP of Strategy, Marketing & Corporate Development.

However, conducting proper cultural due diligence is particularly difficult. “One of the biggest challenges in cultural diligence is the issue of confidentiality,” explained Schueppert. “While culture permeates the entire organization, you cannot simply go to the shop floor prior to closing and ask all employees frankly what they think of the company and what they think of Total Safety.” The inability to question employees makes defining the amorphous element of culture even more difficult.

To overcome this uncertainty, Schueppert offered some strategies to help identify the culture of an organization and to determine their alignment with your business identity.

Understand the Turnover Rates

According to Schueppert, turnover rates and trends can be one of the best ways to measure the strength of a company culture. He explained, “It is necessary to ask the company about its turnover rate, where its employees move to, the last key employee to leave, etc. If there is a noticeable turnover trend — all employees leaving for the same company or 50% of management team leaving to start a competitor, as examples — that should offer unique insight into culture and the businesses.”

To gain deeper insight into reasons behind departures, ask to review relevant exit interviews (if conducted). If common themes emerge — like unsatisfactory pay, unsatisfactory conditions, or bad managers — make sure they are not critical to your post-acquisition plan.

While major departures may signal a red flag, no turnover can be just as alarming. “If a significant number of employees have held the same position for too long, they may fear change and be resistant to acquisition,” explained Schueppert.

Review Internal Documents

While turnover rates can identify the strength of a culture, the internal documents can shed light on some of the core values and principles of the organization . “You should ask to see any employee newsletter, intranet, or social enterprise network,” says Schueppert. “These channels and materials are probably the closest you’ll get to actually speaking with employees about culture. You can see how employees interact with one another, how they participate in company activities, etc.”

Internal documents also offer insight into the thinking of senior management. While you can question them about culture, internal documents can provide evidence of previous actions and discussions. Schueppert explained, “You should ask senior leadership for the budget and minutes from old staff meetings, management retreats, or board meetings. These also offer great insight how they think about the company and about the culture.”

Validate the Culture with External Sources

To supplant your understanding of the company’s culture and identity, it is equally important to corroborate with external sources. Unfortunately, licentious business practices have a tendency to escape any formal documentation, and are only revealed when consulting with a third party.

Schueppert explained, “Before moving too far along in a deal, I ask my guys in the field if they know about the business and for their impressions. If several independent sources offer you the same impression — either positive or negative — chances are it is accurate.” This external validation recently saved Total Safety from engaging in serious conversations with a seemingly attractive company. As it turns out, the target’s core customers were significantly different, and misaligned, with Total Safety’s culture.

If you do not have any immediate sources, there are a variety of other channels to corroborate the culture. “Your customers are a great resource of information if your field contacts do not have any information,” explained Schueppert. “While they might not have as detailed knowledge, they can offer a worthwhile gauge.” If you feel uncomfortable polling your customers then ex-employees, market advisors, or industry peers also make as great sources of information.

In the case of a new market, or no consultable confidants, patience is vital. “You should date before you marry,” commented Schueppert. “We recently did a deal in Europe, which was a new market for us. We were able to get comfortable moving forward with the deal because we had known the CEO for five years and we had engaged in numerous discussions around partnership.” While Total Safety had little external substantiation for the culture of the European company, Schueppert confirmed, “From the length and strength of our relationship, multiple site visits, and the nature of the conversations, we knew our cultures would match.”

Learn from the Owner Operator

Ultimately, the best person from which to learn company culture is the existing owner operator. “No one will know the company culture better than the current owner-operator,” says Schueppert. After all, most small companies have a top-down culture defined by the founder and senior management.

It is possible you may learn more about culture from the current CEO by asking why he is selling rather than directly about the culture. According to Schueppert, “Truly understanding why the owner-operator is selling may give you a good indication of business: If he cannot give a good reason for selling, he is probably fed up of managing a difficult business and simply wants to monetize his investment. It may be difficult because of market factors, but it also may be difficult because of a dysfunctional organization.”

These information sources and mediums can offer the greatest insight into the qualities of a company’s culture. Once the culture is understood, the feasibility of the deal can be assessed and appropriate cultural integration practices can be implemented.

This article on cultural due diligence is the second installment of Axial’s six-part series on the Best Practices in Due Diligence. The first installment discussed the importance of tax due diligence. Future articles will discuss legal, operational, and other due diligences.

Total Safety’s Centralized Confined Space Monitoring System Evaluated by Texas A&M Engineering Extension

TEEX evaluates Total Safety's Centralized Confined Space Monitoring System
TEEX puts Total Safety’s Centralized Confined Space Monitoring System to the test

Total Safety, the world’s leading integrated safety services company, announced that its Centralized Confined Space Monitoring System has been tested and evaluated by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service Product Development Center (“TEEX PDC”) at TEEX’s Emergency Services Training Institute to verify compliance with the current interpretation of Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s 29 CFR 1910.146. The patent-pending system from Z-Systems, already successfully deployed in Europe, will likely serve as a further supplement to existing confined space safety operations.

Total Safety’s exclusively-licensed Centralized Confined Space Monitoring System utilizes a central control center that continuously identifies workers within permit-required confined spaces; maintains visual contact and a clear line of two-way communication with workers inside and outside the permit space; monitors the atmosphere of the permit space for toxic or dangerous gases; and sounds appropriate alarms if an incident occurs.

Total Safety engaged TEEX PDC to review and provide an independent third-party evaluation, and to coordinate and document operational tests utilizing the parameters of TEEX TESTED®. The TEEX PDC TESTED trademark ensures products or technologies entering the marketplace perform reliably with integrity and durability, as intended, under acceptable, repeatable real-world conditions.

About Total Safety

Total Safety, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company, is the world’s premier provider of integrated compliance, personnel and professional safety solutions and the products necessary to support them. It operates from 141 locations in 19 countries to ensure the safe Wellbeing of Workers Worldwide (W3). For more information about Total Safety, visit www.totalsafety.com.

About TEEX PDC

Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service Product Development Center (TEEX PDC) leverages engineering expertise, experienced market analysts along with realworld laboratories and facilities to ensure technology stays on the path to commercialization. TEEX PDC can develop methodologies, recruit subject matter experts, and develop partnerships to assess, test and evaluate products. It provides unbiased assessments to help develop and test products, as well as deliver it to market.

Total Safety Featured in AxialMarket’s Corporate Development M&A Activity Update

Total Safety was recently featured in AxialMarket’s Corporate Development M&A Activity Report. The report analyzes some of the most prevalent issues impacting strategic acquirers in the current M&A climate. To gauge the environment, AxialMarket compiled information and insight from its netowrk, a survey sent to over 4,000 corporate development professionals, and a series of interviews with leading corporate development professionals from across a variety of industry verticals.

A few highlights from the report:

  • It seems that the sluggish M&A activity from the past few years has experienced a marginal uptick. 72% of surveyed Corporate Development professionals would describe the current M&A environment as “moderate.”
  • To evaluate deals in this still-difficult environment, deal professionals rely on a combination of financial and nonfinancial factors — most notably culture and fit.
  • Looking to the future, 62% of those professionals believe that deal activity will increase. The increased activity could be a result of the gradual economic recovery, increasingly available debt facilities, and PE dry powder.
  • 88% of corporate development professionals expect to make at least one acquisition in the next year.
  • Although PE dry powder could help stimulate M&A activity, it could also mean serious competition for strategic buyers and corporate development offices. 88% of survey respondents believe dry powder will increase competition for strategics.

To download and view the report, visit the AxialMarket Blog.

Ready, Set, Goal!

By Jill Jan, Special Operations, Total Safety

Do you remember a time when you wanted something so bad you could taste it, like that new stereo system, that new sports car, or even that promotion at work?  More often than not, when individuals set their minds to achieving something, they more than likely meet their goal and even exceed their own expectations.

For the most part, goals are fairly easy to set.  However, sometimes putting them into action is a different story altogether.  For some, implementation is a very challenging task.  And being able to tackle implementation head-on is sometimes the only way to overcome this challenge.

According to Webster’s dictionary, a goal is a specific objective you and your team must achieve, and a plan is the blueprint for achieving these goals.

Believe it or not, studies have shown that people who write down their goal(s) along with a written action plan have a 51% chance of achievement, as compared to those who don’t write down their goals, have a 43% chance of achievement.

First things first.  The first essential step is to clearly establish your goal(s).  When you know what you’re navigating toward and what you’re doing, you’ll be more motivated to do a better job.  Having this information at your fingertips will also allow you to set meaningful goals, which is a lot easier than you think.

Additionally, the importance of proper and strategic planning plays a large role in the success ratio of goal achievement.  To aid in being successful, Seeds of Success lists three important steps to goal achievement.

Step 1:  Prepare your plan outside the situation.  A purpose without a plan is as good as a dream.  Planning is a simulated exercise and requires learning from anticipated expectations.  Starting to plan right in the middle of the situation is not proper planning and defeats any purpose of planning, including the utilization of time and opportunity to make the most out of resources and ensure success.  Know what you want to achieve before planning and work out your strategy to actualize it.  After all, Noah didn’t start building the ark when he encountered the flood.

Step 2:  Make your plan fit for you.  Planning is all about knowing what’s coming and strategizing an arrangement to handle it.  It’s one thing to make a plan and it’s another thing adapting to it.  Plan because you are organized, not because it is necessary.  You know what it is you have to achieve and probably have a preliminary plan in mind of how to get there.  Remember, your plan is your guideline to achieving your goal.

Step 3:  Build on your plan.  To implement your plan, you must strive to execute it.  There is no such thing as a perfect plan.  But in doing the right thing, you can strategize a practical plan that would bring forth the expected results.  Specify the goals and roles of team members.  Communication is critical in this stage of the process.  You must ACT upon your plan:

A – Accept it as your guideline when you have thoroughly accessed its potency;

C – Commit to it and comply with it; and

T – Take significant, disciplined steps towards its implementation, get the right counsel, and build your team.

Planners know what to do; executors know what to do next.  Remember, only a fool goes into a battle without a plan.  Battles are not won by strength alone or military capability, but with strategy and careful planning.

Careful planning allows you and your team members to become more productive, ultimately resulting in more satisfied customers.

Don’t let your goals fall by the wayside.  Deeply desire the goal or resolution.  Visualize yourself achieving the goal.  Make a plan for the path you need to follow to accomplish the goal.  Commit to achieving the goal by writing down the goal.  Establish times for checking your progress in your calendar system.  And regularly review your overall progress.

Make great strides toward your goals.  Focus on how it will impact you, your team, and the entire company.  Maintain an open mind.  And continually make that stretch to complete your goals on time and with the most efficient means.  As Total Safety’s bottom line is continually increasing because you’re meeting your goals, employees become more productive, and customers become even more satisfied.  What more can you ask for?  It’s a great package all bundled into one.

Careful goal setting and planning are the keys to achieving results and to making an individual a successful leader.  Just remember, goal setting is a great tool that can turn your goals into a plan, and your plan into reality.

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.” – Joel Barker

Total Safety Opens Carrizo Springs Safety Equipment Store to Serve Customers in Western Eagle Ford

Total Safety opens an industrial safety equipment store in Carrizo Springs, Texas, to service customers in the Eagle Ford.Total Safety, the world’s leading integrated safety services company, has opened the doors to another safety equipment store in Carrizo Springs, Texas. The Carrizo Springs store serves customers in the Western Eagle Ford area and is currently open for business with an official grand opening celebration set for September 28, 2012.

With store locations adjacent to its offices in Midland, Texas, Hobbs, New Mexico, and Dickinson, North Dakota, Total Safety sets up shop to welcome local clientele in remote locations for their safety equipment needs.

Supplying more inventory and at better prices than the local competition, each Total Safety store houses high-quality personal protective equipment (PPE), gas monitors, breathing apparatus and more from top suppliers that its customers know and trust. Special orders can be placed in the store. “We opened these stores in response to customer feedback and needs.

“There is great demand for workers in these areas; it makes perfect sense to protect those valuable experts with the safety products they need on a daily basis,” explains Mike Lewis, Total Safety regional manager.

Since the stores are built adjacent to a Total Safety office, customers will still have access to the company’s complete line of safety services, including compliance and inspections services, professional and technical safety services, specialized safety personnel, and communications and monitoring services.

Total Safety’s Carrizo Springs store is located at 3479 Highway 277, Carrizo Springs, Texas, and is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m-5:00 p.m.

Total Safety Named One of America’s Safest Companies by EHS Today

Total Safety selected as one of America's Safest Companies 2012 by EHS Today.Total Safety, the world’s leading integrated safety services company, today announced that it was one of eight companies selected as “America’s Safest Companies” for 2012 by EHS Today, a publication that serves as a resource for safety, health and industrial hygiene professionals in the manufacturing, construction and service sectors.

To be chosen as one of America’s Safest Companies, nominees had to demonstrate support from management and employee involvement in the company’s safety and health program; provide innovative solutions to safety challenges; report injury and illness rates significantly lower than the average for their industries; support comprehensive training programs; believe that that prevention of incidents is the cornerstone of the safety process; have integrated safety into their corporate culture and communicate the value of safety to employees and customers; and substantiate the benefits of the safety process.

Accepting the award at the America’s Safest Companies Conference that highlighted transformational safety leadership and safety panels from both industrial and regulatory experts, Paul Tyree, Total Safety chief operating officer, noted, “As a safety services company, we strive to develop best practices and innovative ideas that address even the toughest risk mitigation challenges within our clients’ industries. I’m so proud of our team.”

Total Safety believes that safety should be one of every company’s top priorities and responsibilities. As with any sound investment companies may make, an investment in the safety and wellness of its employees — by providing necessary equipment and training, analyzing both historical and leading indicators, and always looking for ways to improve safety policies and procedures — is one that will pay off in both the near- and long-term.

“We are truly honored to receive EHS Today’s ‘America’s Safest Companies’ award. Our employees go to great lengths to uphold our mission ‘to ensure the safe Wellbeing of Workers Worldwide,’ and it is recognition, such as this, that reminds our employees that they are the ones continually raising the safety benchmark,” said David Fanta, Total Safety president and chief executive officer.

Silica Dust Exposure During Fracking

By John Baker, Total Safety Certified Industrial Hygienist

The public debate about hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” has weighed the potential for environmental pollution versus the economic and energy independence benefits which fracking has unlocked. But recently, worker exposure to silica dust during fracking has been highlighted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

One commonly used method of fracking requires large volumes of sand and water to be pumped into wells at high pressures to break up tight formations, like shale, which have trapped oil and gas. Many truckloads of sand are off loaded and transferred by conveyor belts before being mixed with water and other chemicals and pumped downhole. The dust produced, which may contain up to 99% crystalline silica, is a health concern due to the risk of silicosis, a progressive and disabling lung disease.

Several oil and gas companies partnered with NIOSH in the collection of 116 personal air samples at 11 fracking sites in five states. Almost half of the air samples exceeded the enforceable OSHA Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL), which is defined on a sliding scale depending on the amount of silica in the respirable fraction of dust collected. NIOSH has established a recommended silica exposure limit (REL) of 0.05 mg/m3. Almost 80% of the samples exceeded this REL.

Until a safe and economically viable substitute can be found or engineering controls such as exhaust ventilation are installed, personal protective equipment including respirators must be used. A NIOSH approved, properly fitted and worn half mask or filtering facepiece dust respirator provides protection only up to 10 times the relevant occupational exposure limit. Almost 10% of the samples were at least 10 times the OSHA PEL and 30% of the samples were at least 10 times the NIOSH REL. Dust respirators alone may not adequately protect workers from the risk of silicosis during fracking.  An OSHA NIOSH hazard alert may be downloaded at http://www.osha.gov/dts/hazardalerts/hydraulic_frac_hazard_alert.pdf  . This excellent document provides detailed information about the study and links to additional information.

Industry and government are continuing to cooperate on finding workable controls. Rick Ingram, S.G.E, BP North America Gas, and the Chairperson of the National STEPS network states that:

NIOSH, OSHA and the US Onshore E&P Industry have been working in a cooperative effort to ensure that we fully understand this issue and protect our workers. As part of this effort, a focus group has been formed to further explore respirable silica, share best practices and develop a unified plan forward. Our industry has much to be proud of. We have the privilege of helping to supply low cost domestic energy to our nation while providing high quality, good paying jobs. Through the efforts of industry associations, organizations and agencies such as API, AESC, IADC, IPAA, SafeLandUSA, National STEPS Network, NIOSH, OSHA, educational institutions and countless dedicated individuals and professionals, we are we are working diligently to make our industry segment the safest of all industries. The fact that this hazard was identified and is being mitigated though voluntary, cooperative efforts demonstrates how far we have progressed and the very positive future of health and safety in US Onshore Exploration and Production segment.  To learn more, visit www.nationalstepsnetwork.com.

To learn more about potential respiratory hazards during fracking, call us at 888.44.TOTAL.