Oil and Gas Extraction Program Resources

Oil and Gas Workers: How to Prevent Fatigued Driving at WorkExternal
Retzer K., Olsavsky R., and Dalsey E. Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication 2018–126

Oil and Gas Employers: How to Prevent Fatigued Driving at WorkExternal
Retzer K., Olsavsky R., and Dalsey E. Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication 2018–125

Evaluation of an improved prototype mini-baghouse to control the release of respirable crystalline silica from sand moversExternal. Alexander BM; Esswein EJ; Gressel MG; Kratzer JL; Feng HA; Miller AL; Cauda E; Heil G. J Occup Environ Hyg 2018 Jan; 15(1):24-37

Measurement of area and personal breathing zone concentrations of diesel particulate matter (DPM) during oil and gas extraction operations, including hydraulic fracturingExternal. Esswein EJ; Alexander-Scott M; Snawder J; Breitenstein M. J Occup Environ Hyg 2018 Jan; 15(1):63-70

Oil and Gas Extraction Worker Fatalities 2014; NIOSH Fatalities in Oil and Gas Extraction (FOG) Database.(/niosh/docs/2017-193/default.html)
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2017-193

Protecting Oil and Gas Workers from Hydrocarbon Gases and Vapors (Video)  Vea este video en Español
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2017-158d

NIOSH and Partners Work to Prevent Worker Deaths from Exposures to Hydrocarbon Gases and Vapors at Oil and Gas Wellsites.(/niosh/docs/2017-110/default.html)
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2017-110

The development and testing of a prototype mini-baghouse to control the release of respirable crystalline silica from sand movers
Alexander-BM; Esswein-EJ; Gressel-MG; Kratzer-JL; Feng-HA; King-B; Miller-AL; Cauda-E J Occup Environ Hyg 2016 Aug; 13(8):628-638

In-depth survey report: field evaluation of the NIOSH mini-baghouse assembly generation 3 for control of silica dust on sand movers
Alexander-BM; Esswein-EJ; Gressel-MG; Kratzer-JL; Feng-HA; Miller-AL; Cauda-E; Heil-G 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, EPHB 373-12a, 2016 Jul; 1-46

Sudden Deaths Among Oil and Gas Extraction Workers Resulting from Oxygen Deficiency and Inhalation of Hydrocarbon Gases and Vapors — United States, January 2010–March 2015
CDC MMWR Jan. 15, 2016

NIOSH-OSHA Hazard Alert: Health and Safety Risks for Workers Involved in Manual Tank Gauging and Sampling at Oil and Gas Extraction Sites
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2016-108

NIOSH-Designed Technology Can Reduce Workers’ Exposure to Silica at Hydraulic Fracturing Sites
NIOSH Update November 4, 2015

Occupational Fatalities During the Oil and Gas Boom — United States, 2003–2013
CDC MMWR May 29, 2015

Fatalities in the U.S. oil and gas extraction industry: recent trends and new details
Retzer-K; Hill-R; Mason-K; Ridl-S Safety 2015: Proceedings of the 2015 ASSE Professional Development Conference, June 7-10, 2015, Dallas, Texas. Des Plaines, IL: American Society of Safety Engineers, ASSE-15-569, 2015 Jun; 1-11

Fatal injuries in offshore oil and gas operations: United States, 2003-2010
Hill-R; Retzer-K; O’Connor-M; Lincoln-J; Gunter-M Soc. Pet. Eng. – SPE Int. Conf. Health, Saf. Environ.: Journey Contin. Hughes B. Long Beach, California: Society of Petroleum Engineers, 2014 Jan; 3:1747-1750

Fatal injuries in offshore oil and gas operations – United States, 2003-2010
Gunter-MM; Hill-R; O’Connor-MB; Retzer-KD; Lincoln-JM MMWR 2013 Apr; 62(16):301-304

Evaluation of some potential chemical exposure risks during flowback operations in unconventional oil and gas extraction: preliminary results
Esswein-EJ; Snawder-J; King-B; Breitenstein-M; Alexander-Scott-M; Kiefer-M
J Occup Environ Hyg 2014 Oct; 11(10):D174-D184

Injury rates on new and old technology oil and gas rigs operated by the largest United States onshore drilling contractor
Blackley-DJ; Retzer-KD; Hubler-WG; Hill-RD; Laney-AS
Am J Ind Med 2014 Oct; 57(10):1188-1192

Journey management: A strategic approach to reducing your workers’ greatest risk
Hill-R; Retzer-K; O’Connor-M; Lincoln-J; Gunter-M
Society of Petroleum Engineers – SPE International Conference on Health, Safety and Environment 2014: The Journey Continues. Hughes B ed. Long Beach, California: Society of Petroleum Engineers, 2014 Jan; 3:1876-1882

Understanding silica exposure risks and controls for wellsite completions crews
Snawder-J; Breitenstein-M; Esswein-E; Sieber-WK; Kiefer-M
Well Serv 2013 Sep/Oct; 54(5):14-18

Occupational exposures to respirable crystalline silica during hydraulic fracturing
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. July 2013.

Keeping up with the oil and gas rush: NIOSH seeks to improve worker safety and health in the U.S. upstream oil and gas industry
Esswein-E; Hill-R
Synergist 2013 Jun-Jul; 24(6):24-27

A review of the literature: motor vehicle safety initiatives in the oil and gas extraction industry
Retzer-K; Hill-R; Burton-J
SPE Americas 2013: E&P Health, Safety, Security and Environmental Conference, March 18-20, 2013, Galveston, Texas. Richardson, TX: Society of Petroleum Engineers, SPE-163738-MS, 2013 Mar; :83-95

Motor vehicle fatalities among oil and gas extraction workers
Retzer-KD; Hill-RD; Pratt-SG
Accid Anal Prev 2013 Mar; 51(1):168-174

Implementing an in-vehicle monitoring program: a guide for the oil and gas extraction industry
Retzer-K; Tate-D
Protecting People and the Environment–Evolving Challenges: SPE/APPEA International Conference on Health, Safety, and Environment in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production, September 11-13, 2012, Perth, Australia. Richardson, TX: Society of Petroleum Engineers, Paper No. 156535, 2012 Sep; :394-398

OSHA/NIOSH hazard alert: worker exposure to silica during hydraulic fracturing
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2012-166

Numbers show: Good safety is good businessExternal
Drilling Contractor 2012 January/February

Fatal injuries in the upstream U.S. oil and gas extraction industryExternal
Well Servicing 2011 Sept/Oct; (52): 18-21

Mortality Statistics for the US Upstream Industry: An Analysis of Circumstances, Trends, and RecommendationsExternal
2011 SPE Americas E&P Environmental Safety Conference, 21-23 March 2011, Houston, Texas.

Effective Training: A Case Study from the Oil and Gas IndustryExternal
Professional Safety, March 2011: 40-47.

NIOSH Field Effort to Assess Chemical Exposure Risks to Gas and Oil Workers
DHHS(NIOSH) Publication No. 2010-130 (January 2010) Español

Injury Risks among Oil and Gas Extraction Workers by Company Type and SizeExternal
2009 SPE Americas E&P Environmental & Safety Conference, 23-25 March 2009, San Antonio, Texas.

Fatalities Among Oil and Gas Extraction Workers – United States, 2003-2006
MMWR 2008 Vol.57 / No.16: 429-431

Safety First!
Next Gen Oil & Gas 2007 Jan; (180):268732

Comprehensive Safety Recommendations for Land-Based Oil and Gas Well Drilling
DHHS(NIOSH) Publication No. 83-127 (September 1983)
This report analyzes the safety hazards to which workers are exposed during the drilling of land-based oil and gas wells.
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