Multi-Gas Monitors for Oil and Gas Industry: Understanding the Proper Use and Monitor Capabilities
An H2S monitor is likely not enough...Multi-gas monitors can protect workers from unseen workplace hazards, such as toxic, flammable, and oxygen deficient atmospheres.  By alarming in the presence of harmful atmospheres, a properly calibrated multi-gas monitor can alert the worker to unsafe conditions.

Read More: Limitations of Multi-Gas Monitors Hazard Alert

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This report describes fatal incidents identified by the NIOSH Fatalities in Oil and Gas Extraction (FOG) database that occurred in 2014. The purpose of FOG is to collect detailed information about worker fatalities related to U.S. oil and gas extraction.

Read More: Oil and Gas Extraction Worker Fatalities 2014; NIOSH Fatalities in Oil and Gas Extraction (FOG)...

NIOSH releases official new video: Protecting Oil and Gas Workers from Hydrocarbon Gases and Vapors.

This 13-minute video was developed in partnership with the California Department of Public Health-Occupational Health Branch (CDPH-OHB); special thanks goes to Bob Harrison and Laura Styles for their vital contributions. The video’s purpose is to describe the hazards associated with manual gauging and fluid sampling on oil and gas production tanks and describes steps that employers and workers can take to do this work safely.

Here is the press release:

Read More: Protecting Oil and Gas Workers from Hydrocarbon Gases and Vapors- NIOSH

As part of our effort to keep you informed of new OSHA resources, we wanted to let you know about the release of the OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool.  The new app, available for both Android and iPhone, is a collaborative effort between OSHA and NIOSH to update the OSHA Heat Safety Tool.  Since its launch in 2011, more than 450,000 users have downloaded the OSHA Heat Safety Tool. 

Read More: Announcing OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool

Health and Safety Risks for Workers Involved in Manual Tank Gauging and Sampling at Oil and Gas Extraction Sites

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have identified health and safety risks to workers who manually gauge or sample fluids on production and flowback tanks from exposure to hydrocarbon gases and vapors, exposure to oxygen-deficient atmospheres, and the potential for fires and explosions.

Read More: NIOSH-OSHA Hazard Alert - Manual Tank Gauging and Sampling

Fatalities Associated with Hot Work on Oilfield Tanks, Tankers, and other related equipment

Between 2005 and 2015 "85" DEATHS due to fires or explosions, Including 28 hot work deaths

Produced fluids, such as crude oil, flowback water, and produced water are brought to the surface, along with hydrocarbon vapors and gases during production operations. These fluids are separated and stored on the production site in tanks which require periodic monitoring and repair.

Read More: Hazard Alert - Oilfield Hot Work

Prevention of Fatalities from Ignition of Vapors by Mobile Engines and Auxiliary Motors

Between 2005 and 2015 "85" DEATHS due to fires or explosions, Including 27 mobile engines/motors deaths

Vehicles and motorized equipment present an ignition hazard if located too close to the wellbore or other potential flammable vapor sources (e.g., flowback tanks, frac tanks, production tanks). When flammable vapors or gases are released, non-intrinsically safe engines and motors can ignite the vapors and cause explosions with catastrophic consequences.

Read More: Hazard Alert - Ignition of Vapors

Over 450,000 workers were employed in the oil and gas extraction and support industries in 2011 (Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages). These workers are engaged in many different industrial processes needed to successfully drill and service a well. These processes frequently require the use of specialized equipment and specialized work crews.

From 2003 to 2010, 823 oil and gas extraction workers were killed on the job-a fatality rate seven times greater than the rate for all U.S. industries (Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries). This database also reports similar fatality rates since at least the early 1990s. Safety and health hazards and dangerous conditions that can result in fatalities for oil and gas workers include:

  • Vehicle Accidents
  • Struck-By/ Caught-In/ Caught-Between
  • Explosions and Fires
  • Falls
  • Confined Spaces
  • Chemical Exposures  
Read More: OSHA - Oil and Gas Extraction    Filed in Safety By Jack Rector on February 21, 2017

Not long ago, a cable installer in Texas was climbing a ladder to work on some overhead lines. To waterproof the cable splices, he and his colleague used a silicone-based product, which left residue on the gloves, and the ladder rungs. As the worker descended the ladder, he slipped on the slick rungs and fell more than 13 feet, hitting the concrete below headfirst – a fatal injury.  
About 300 people die each year in the United States in falls from ladders, and many of them are on the job when it happens. As the director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s area office in Fort Worth, Texas, I’ve witnessed the aftermath of countless workplace deaths like this one, and each leaves a painful memory.

March 18, 2016
OSHA, oil and gas industry leaders work together to raise, promote worker safety awareness to save lives in North Texas

Participants: The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, North Texas Exploration & Production Safety Network 

Description: The department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration met with North Texas Exploration & Production Safety Network association during a formal ceremony at the University of Texas at Arlington March 18, to kick-start the group again. The group raises awareness and promotes safety and health practices at U.S. oil and gas exploration and production sites in North Texas. Following the presentations, participants shared best practices with the group as a way to promote ideas on identified hazards and finding solutions. The volunteer organization, established in 2008, will continue to meet the third Friday of each month in order to share safety and health information, show best practices and discuss a variety of topics present in the oil and gas industry that can be passed along to workers and contractors to reduce injuries and fatalities. The NTEPS group is a volunteer organization in North Texas that is an independent network of the STEPS group that was started by OSHA and the oil and gas industry in 2003 in an attempt to reduce injuries and fatalities. The STEPS organization has grown to include 22 of the independent networks serving 19 oil-and-gas-producing states. Many of the networks have signed formal alliances with OSHA.  

Read More: OSHA News Release - Region 6

For Immediate Release: July 14, 2017.  OSHA launches application to electronically submit injury and illness data on August 1st.

WASHINGTON – OSHA will launch on Aug. 1, 2017, the Injury Tracking Application (ITA). The Web-based form allows employers to electronically submit required injury and illness data from their completed 2016 OSHA Form 300A. The application will be accessible from the ITA webpage.

Read More: OSHA’s New Injury and Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements