September 5, 2019

Chuck Whisman Presented on Strategies for Improving Safety Culture at the Marcellus Shale Coalition Health and Safety Committee Meeting

Chuck Whisman, P.E. (Pennsylvania) presented "Using Behavior-Based Safety & Data Management to Improve Your Safety Culture" at the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) Health & Safety Meeting on August 14, 2019.

Chuck is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Pennsylvania with more than 25 years of professional experience helping clients with their most challenging engineering and environmental projects across the world, including hundreds of remediation and capital projects. Chuck presented on safety from an engineering perspective, drawing from his experience helping Fortune 100 companies develop engineering and environmental best practices based on safety and engineering observations. He described his greatest lessons learned from working with safety, operations, and integrity management programs with his major oil clients, including tasks such as developing engineering and integrity management guidance and standards.

Annie Mailloux (Pennsylvania), Staff Geologist at Geosyntec, was also in attendance.

Richard Hettes, the chair of the Health & Safety committee and Safety & Industrial Hygiene Lead at DTE Midstream, stated that "he received positive feedback just after the meeting concluded that the H&S committee should consider inviting Chuck to present at future H&S Committee meetings."

The MSC Health and Safety Committee includes over 250 people, and serves MSC members as a forum to review, communicate, and provide direction to the industry. Issues may include health, safety, security, emergency preparedness and response planning, and regulatory changes/updates to protect upstream and midstream workers, the community and the environment. Through these discussions, recommended practices are developed and conveyed to MSC members as guidance for their implementation.

The MSC works with exploration and production, midstream, and supply chain partners in the Appalachian Basin and across the country to address issues regarding the production of clean, job-creating, American natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays. They provide in-depth information to policymakers, regulators, media, and other public stakeholders on the positive effects that responsible natural gas production is having on families, businesses, and communities across the region. The MSC meetings consist of leading oil and gas companies, environmental attorneys, consultants, laboratories, and other important supply chain members.

Presentation Description

Chuck's presentation was focused on improving safety culture and utilizing the latest data management and engineering tools to assist with culture improvement. It began by discussing the need for safety stewardship throughout all levels within a company, and included peer-to-peer safety observations and how to make it easy to report good catches and safety issues. Chuck also covered data management, remote monitoring sensors and tools that can assist with emergency response, due diligence, waste management, geotechnical, compliance, audit, and other environmental tasks, including using technology to forecast possible hazards on job sites.

More Information

About the MSC: https://marcelluscoalition.org/
For consultation regarding improving safety culture, contact Chuck Whisman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Learn more about Chuck: https://www.geosyntec.com/people/chuck-whisman

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