A Monday morning session will explore hazards associated with hydrocarbon vapors and gases in the upstream onshore oil & gas industry identifying common tasks with potential for exposure. The focus will be on control measures, safe work practices, air monitoring procedures and PPE requirements. The session will reference NIOSH studies and blog posts.
A new hazard alert from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health identifies health and safety risks to oil and gas industry workers who manually gauge or sample fluids on production and flowback tanks.
During 2003–2013, the U.S. oil and gas extraction industry experienced unprecedented growth, doubling the size of its workforce and increasing the number of drilling rigs by 71%. To describe fatal events among oil and gas workers during this period, NIOSH analyzed data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), a comprehensive database of fatal work injuries.