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Oil and Gas Extraction Sector Program

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The Oil and Gas Extraction Sector Program provides leadership to control or eliminate occupational injuries, illnesses and fatalities among workers in the oil and gas extraction industry — a workforce critical to the energy infrastructure of the nation. This includes establishments engaged in operating and/or developing onshore oil and gas fields, sometimes referred to as exploration and production or upstream oil and gas. The Oil and Gas Extraction Program works with partners in industry, other government agencies, academia, trade associations, professional organizations, and labor to address the leading causes of work-related injury, illness and fatality to improve the health and well-being of oil and gas extraction workers.

Featured Items

Protecting Oil and Gas Workers from Hydrocarbon Gases and Vapors (Video) DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2017-158d Total running time: 13 minutes 25 seconds

Workers at oil and gas extraction sites could be exposed to hydrocarbon gases and vapors, oxygen-deficient atmospheres, and fires and explosions when they open tank hatches to manually gauge or collect fluid samples on production tanks. These exposures can have immediate health effects, including loss of consciousness and death. This video describes 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.

Oil and Gas Extraction Worker Fatalities 2014 – An update from the NIOSH Fatalities in Oil and Gas Extraction (FOG) Database. DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No: 2017-193

This report describes fatal incidents identified by the NIOSH Fatalities in Oil and Gas Extraction (FOG) database that occurred in 2014. This report provides updates to fatalities published in the 2014 mid-year report and also includes fatalities from the second half of the year. The purpose of FOG is to collect detailed information about worker fatalities related to U.S. oil and gas extraction.