Oil and Gas Extraction Sector Program
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.
This Alert describes the 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. It also provides recommendations to employers and workers on how to reduce risk.
- Page last reviewed: January 13, 2017
- Page last updated: March 10, 2017
- Content source:
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Western States Office