Oil and Gas Extraction Program
The Oil and Gas Extraction 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.
NIOSH Opioids Resources
The effects of opioid use and misuse are not isolated to work or home environments, and the potential for addiction may be preceded by injuries that happen in the workplace, with the consequences affecting both an individual’s working life as well as their home life. The extraction occupational group (which includes oil and gas) had significantly higher numbers of drug overdose deaths according to a 2018 analysis.
Naloxone is a very effective drug for reversing opioid overdoses. Police officers, emergency medical services providers, and non-emergency professional responders carry the drug for that purpose.
NIOSH developed this information to help employers and workers understand the risk of opioid overdose and help them decide if they should establish a workplace naloxone availability and use program.
NIOSH has gathered resources for workers and employers on this topic page including our most recent and relevant publications.
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