• Midstream EH&S Specialist II-III (Located in Pecos, TX)

    Job Locations US-TX-San Antonio
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(6/26/2018 9:28 AM)
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  • Company Overview

    Apache Corporation is one of the world's premier independent oil and gas producers.  The company has a six-decade record of profitable growth, and is differentiated by its strong core values, entrepreneurial spirit, and operational focus.

    Key Duties/Responsibilities

    Position Description:

    The HSE Specialist – Safety assists the HSE Midstream Supervisor in implementing and achieving the strategic HSE objectives and ensuring compliance with applicable HSE policies, standards and regulations.  The HSE Specialist is responsible for supporting the development and execution of field regulatory programs for midstream oil and gas assets. Works toward predetermined goals and objectives.  Assignments are usually self-initiated. Determines and pursues courses of action necessary to obtain desired results.

    The role provides leadership, coaching, support and oversight on safety compliance and technical issues for the midstream organization.  The HSE Specialist assists the HSE Midstream Supervisor in implementing programs to address strategic HSE objectives and compliance with applicable HSE policies, standards, and regulations by: applying his/her background in identifying and proactively addressing safety, health, and loss prevention issues; using good judgment and discretion in providing guidance or assisting in making decisions involving areas/topics of responsibility; effectively communicating with site personnel regarding HSE performance, strategies, policies, standards and programs; and recognizing, sharing and adapting applicable lessons learned and best practices.

    The work is to be conducted in a safe, legal, and environmentally/socially responsible and effective manner, and in conformance with established Apache guidelines, policies, procedures, and applicable governmental regulations.


    Reporting Relationships:

    The HSE Specialist - Safety reports to the HSE Supervisor - Midstream. Strong working relationships are required with Apache HSE Teams, Midstream Leadership and teams, Contractor Leadership and Contractor HSE personnel.


    Job Functions:

    • Responsible for assisting midstream personnel in implementing and maintaining an effective safety program to provide a safe working environment for all employees.
    • Provide support to field based midstream organization, as requested.
    • Works with midstream line management to ensure that personnel receive appropriate required training in safety.
    • Participates as required in accident/incident investigations and case management of midstream related injuries/incidents.
    • Maintains accurate midstream accident/incident records and prepares reports to management.
    • Develop / maintain Lessons Learned for midstream organization.
    • Help maintain consistency in the midstream organization in implementation of corrective actions
    • Provide ad-hoc reporting for field and management on midstream incidents
    • Monitor midstream action item closure status for incidents, audits and lessons learned.
    • Travel to the field to learn what best practices are being implemented in areas and communicate these to other areas.
    • Conducts and participates in reviews, inspections and audits of contractor operations to continually improve health and safety performance.
    • Supports midstream health and safety training programs by assisting as required in the preparation of and/or conducting health and safety related training.
    • Reviews current safety/health publications to remain abreast of current technology and practices. Reviews State/Federal Regulations to remain current on regulatory requirements.
    • Assists as necessary in the handling of third party personal injury investigations.
    • Participates in the Incident Management System and responds as needed at any time day or night to events.
    • Works to ensure consistency of approach and application of health and safety programs across the midstream organization.
    • Takes ownership of and/or assists with the health and safety aspect of bringing new plants and pipelines on line in the midstream operations area
    • Supports accident prevention programs. Specific areas of focus will be the higher risk aspects of the site activities, e.g., cranes and rigging operations, dropped objects prevention, fall protection, confined space entry, hot work, management of change.
    • Networks with facility leadership to monitor and improve program efforts through joint site reviews and face-to-face technical guidance and coaching.
    • Leads in the development and execution of specific health and safety assurance processes, safety management program gap analysis and bridging documents.
    • Perform studies, review critical analysis, and make recommendations for midstream safe practices.
    • Analyze organizational risks and take necessary steps to mitigate potential incidents.
    • Perform accident investigations to identify an accurate root cause and determine appropriate resolution for the midstream group.
    • Assist line management with bridging of the contractor's HSE program to that of Apache’s program.
    • Develop and implement policies and procedures in order to facilitate process improvement with Apache and its contractors.
    • Develop and implement audit process, as needed.
    • Effectively analyze strategic and tactical technical issues and recommend alternatives.
    • Establish influential and collaborative relationships with senior leaders, middle management, and field personnel.
    • Monitors and controls the organization’s safety standards in accordance with OSHA and State regulations and Apache policies. 
    • Maintains professional knowledge of protective equipment and existing and proposed changes in Federal and State safety regulations. 
    • Develops and implements programs and record keeping system to track and evaluate personnel injury and illness experience. 
    • Conducts and trends analysis, audits, incident investigations and site inspections of operational procedures, facility design, equipment and materials. 
    • Analyzes data advises appropriate recommendations to prevent new or recurring accidents. 
    • Develops and conducts employee training, emergency preparedness and quality assurance material and equipment requisition, new and modified process and non-routine work.
    • Coordinates with industrial hygiene support for the certification of products or substances for use in work processes.
    • Assist with industrial hygiene surveys as appropriate to insure that employees are adequately protected from hazards. Recommends controls for exposures and assists in implementation as needed.
    • Develops and monitors the implementation training and education programs for safety compliance strategies and various regulatory requirements.
    • Assure contractors are meeting the terms of their HSE management systems.
    • Maintain list of contractors for the Alpine High midstream area.
    • Coordinate communication of relevant audit findings from Apache internal audits to appropriate contractors.
    • Serve as a single point of contact for Contractors to send communications of relevant audit findings from their audits. Coordinate asset communication of the relevant audit findings from Contractors.
    • Coordinate any contractor oversight training required for Apache personnel that work with contractors.
    • Develop and maintain filing system for maintaining records for Contractors working with Apache midstream organizations.
    • Provide regular on-sight field health and safety support (review of JSA’s, work permits, orientations, etc.)
    • On a daily basis attend safety meetings as requested.
    • Participate and coach Apache personnel and contractors in JSA development and reviews
    • Be able and willing to spend a majority of time in the field providing HSE support, guidance, and assurance.
    • Provide HSE orientations for the area as directed
    • Ensure opportunities identified during drills are communicated to improve the Incident Management Plan.
    • Perform tasks and support for additional topics as requested by supervisor.

    Job Qualifications

    Required Qualifications:  

    • A minimum of a High School Diploma or equivalent.
    • A minimum of 5 years of HSE experience. 
    • Oil and gas industry experience.
    • Strong knowledge of industry and government HSE standards and regulations.
    • Proficient knowledge of MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
    • The willingness and ability to travel to field locations in order to fulfill the responsibilities of this position.
    • Solid problem solving skills and be recognized as results oriented.
    • Effective interpersonal and team communication skills.
    • The ability to be self-directed and self-motivated and the ability to be team player.
    • Strong experience in conducting and leading root cause investigations.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s Degree.
    • Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification.
    • 10 years of HSE experience.
    • Midstream field experience.

    Essential Job Capabilities:

    The field travel aspects of the position will require the Incumbent to travel frequently (90%) to field plant and pipeline locations and must be able to meet the following physical requirements:

    • Climb stairs and ladders, climb over objects or structures be able to jump a few feet horizontally and vertically, squat, twist, lift, stoop, crawl, and be able to walk at speed as great as 4½ miles per hour;
    • Lifting and handling objects of up to 50 lbs.;
    • Capable of safely evacuating facilities having no physical condition which might impede escape (or escape by others) from a location
    • Have the ability to adapt to adverse environmental condition i.e., extreme cold, or heat, and humidity.



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