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Injury Prevention Resources for Petroleum (Oil & Gas) - Oil & Gas Well Drilling

Seismic Exploration | Well Drilling | Well Services | Construction |
Oil or Gas Production | General Safety

The following links list tools, publications, and other resources to help prevent the most common injuries and illnesses in the petroleum (oil & gas) industry. These resources may not meet all the requirements for health and safety in British Columbia. Please check the Workers Compensation Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, and related materials for specific WorkSafeBC requirements.

Controlling Exposures to Drilling Fluids

An industry update by Colin Murray, Senior Manager, Prevention & Occupational Disease Initiatives. This presentation includes an update on drilling fluid exposures and controls, and focuses on expectations and clarity of safety responsibilities on oil and gas lease sites.
* PDF (3 MB)

Associated document:
Controlling exposures to drilling fluids - WorkSafe Bulletin
* PDF (309 KB)

Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC

Worker Exposure to Drilling Fluids

A presentation by Geoffrey Clark, Senior Occupational Hygienist; and Colin Murray, Senior Manager, Prevention & Occupational Disease Initiatives.
* PDF (2 MB)

Associated document:
Sampling for Oil Mist and Hydrocarbons on Drilling Rigs in Northeast British Columbia
* PDF (459 KB)

Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC

Worker Fatality: Worker dies when lanyard caught in rotating kelly bar

This incident bulletin provides preliminary accident information on an accident where a young motor man was fatally injured when his fall protection lanyard was caught and wrapped around the rotating kelly bar on a drilling rig.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
* Incident bulletin

H2S Hazard Reminder

This WorkSafe Bulletin describes three serious incidents involving hydrogen sulfide (H2S) in the oil and gas industry.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
* HTML & PDF versions

Hydrogen Sulfide in Industry

This document describes the dangers of Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) in the workplace, and how to avoid them. It also explains how to recognize and prevent H2S poisoning, and the type of first aid to give to people overcome by the gas.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
PDF (93 KB)

Rig inspection checklists

These rig inspection checklists are not a complete listing of requirements. They were developed to assist employers and workers with training, equipment and documentation requirements on drilling rigs.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
* PDF (105 KB)
Updated: January 2014

Breathe Safer: How to use respirators safely and start a respirator program

This manual helps explain the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and is a tool to help you work safely in workplaces where there are breathing hazards.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
* PDF (3.4 MB)
* Print copies are available for purchase from the WorkSafeBC Store.
Updated: October 2011

An Introduction to Personal Fall Protection Equipment

This booklet outlines the safe use and limitations of personal fall protection equipment.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
* PDF (545 KB) (Updated: September 2005)

Also available in the following languages:

* Print copies are available for purchase from the WorkSafeBC Store

Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Servicing eTool

This Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Servicing eTool is an illustrated guide describing potential hazards and their possible solutions. It was developed jointly by OSHA and the Industry.
Source: OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
* HTML

OSH Answers: Safety belts, harnesses, and lanyards

Information about safety belts, harnesses, and lanyards presented in a question-and-answer format.
Source: CCOHS (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety)
* HTML

OSHA Technical Links: Fall protection

List of "technical links" to internal and external online resources.
Source: OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
* HTML

Lockout

This booklet defines lockout, explains lockout policy and procedures, and provides guidance on compliance with Regulation requirements.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
* PDF (2.4 MB) (Updated: September 2005)

Also available in the following languages:

* Print copies are available for purchase from the WorkSafeBC Store
* A free ebook version for iPad is available on iTunes

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