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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-96-0138-2691, Torch Operating Company, Santa Maria, California.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 96-0138-2691, 1998 May; :1-22
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a request for technical assistance from the Department of the Interior, Mineral Management Services (MMS), located in Santa Maria, California. According to the request, inspectors of Offshore Operations and Safety were concerned about respiratory protection against hydrogen sulfide (H2S). Specific concerns were with the Robertshaw (air capsule) 5-minute, hooded, continuous-flow, escape self-contained breathing apparatus (ESCBA) and the general use of hooded ESCBAs. On August 11 and 12, 1996, NIOSH investigators conducted a site visit on platfom 'Irene', an offshore drilling rig owned and operated by Torch Operating Company (TOC). Platform Irene is located on the Outer Continental Shelf of the Pacific Ocean, 5-7 miles off the coast of Santa Maria, California. It is designed to support both drilling and production operations. At the time of the NIOSH site visit, platform Irene was in the production phase and accommodated 15 workers.
Health-hazard-evaluation; Hydrogen-sulfide; Breath-apparatus; Site-visits; Offshore-drilling-rigs; Respiratory-protection; Region-9; Hazard-Confirmed; Author Keywords: Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas; offshore drilling rig; offshore platform; hydrogen sulfide; oil and gas production; escape self-contained breathing apparatus (ESCBA); self contained breathing apparatus; SCBA; Whittaker escape pod; mineral management services
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