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

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.

Vac truck and fluid hauling inspection checklist

The checklists were developed to assist employers and workers with training, equipment and documentation requirements in the safe operation of Vac Trucks and Fluid haulers.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
* PDF (199 KB)
Updated: January 2010

Safe procedures for vacuum truck operations

This WorkSafe Bulletin (WS 2009-05) explains how three workers were exposed to highly toxic gases while transferring hydrochloric acid from a tank truck to a vacuum truck. Included are the responsibilities of prime contractors and employers, as well as safe work practices for vacuum truck operations.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
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Confined spaces website

This site provides information to help identify and work safely in confined spaces.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
* Confined Spaces Website

OSH Answers: Confined space introduction

The CCOHS provides an introduction to confined spaces and information on a confined entry program to manage the risks associated with working in confined spaces.
Source: CCOHS (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety)
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OSH Answers: Confined space program

A Confined Space Hazard Assessment and Control Program, specific for the work being conducted, should be written for work in each and every confined space.
Source: CCOHS (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety)
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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)
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Protecting workers from elevated risks

WorkSafe Magazine article highlighting the dangers of falling from elevation.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
* PDF (137 KB)

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

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)
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OSHA Technical Links: Fall protection

List of "technical links" to internal and external online resources.
Source: OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
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Preventing electrocutions of crane operators and crew members working near overhead power lines

Workers are killed each year when cranes contact overhead power lines. This [NIOSH] Alert describes five cases (six electrocutions) that resulted from such hazards and makes recommendations for preventing similar incidents.
Source: NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)
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Crane or Derrick Suspended Personal Platforms - Construction Safety and Health Outreach Program

"This booklet discusses OSHA's requirements for hoisting personnel by crane or derrick in the construction industry, prescribes the measures employers must take to bring their workplaces into compliance, and describes safe work practices for employees."
Source: OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
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Crane, derrick, and hoist safety

The Safety and Health Topics page for Crane, Derrick, and Hoist Safety.
Source: OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
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