Everybody is duty-bound to ensure gas safety in homes and workplaces. While it is the landlord’s responsibility to make sure all gas appliances are installed safely, tenants must also cooperate with maintenance checks and activities. Employers are responsible in eliminating safety risks in the workplace but employees also have an important role in prevention.
Minimizing hazards in the gas and oil industry is critical because there are different types of equipment and materials. It is important to make planning and prevention a significant part of everyday culture. All occupational risks, illnesses and fatalities must be controlled or eliminated by ensuring that employees are aware of safety.
According to the database of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 3 of every 5 on-site fatalities in the oil and gas extraction industry include struck-by, caught-in and caught between hazards. Accidents usually happen due to moving vehicles and equipment, falling equipment and high pressure lines.
Risks of fire and explosion are a big concern for the workers in the oil and gas industry because they are dealing with flammable gases, vapors and hydrogen sulfide which can be released from wells, trucks, production equipment and surface equipment. Gases can easily be ignited by static electrical energy sources, open flames, lighting, cigarettes, cutting and welding tools, hot surfaces and frictional and frictional heat.
Oil and gas companies need to regularly evaluate their gas safety programs to evaluate hazards and find solutions to minimize safety risks. For example, workers are often required to enter confined spaces where there are risks of asphyxiation and exposure to hazardous chemicals. Confined spaces must be tested before a worker enters with continuous monitoring.
Common hazards must also be identified. If a worker reports the presence of a hazard, the employer must immediately respond and perform corrections. When engineering controls are not sufficient to protect workers against overexposure to gases and chemicals, the workers must be provided with personal protective equipment.
It is also important to regularly conduct gas safety training, emergency response, fire protection, chemical handling and exposure. Workers must always be trained and re-educated about site hazards and how they can be avoided.