The public’s and government’s perception of the nature of the oil and gas industry has experienced a large shift since the 2010 blowout of the BP offshore well in the Gulf of Mexico. Other incidents of ruptured pipelines, spills, and explosions throughout the United States have also changed the perception.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the oil and gas extraction industry has an annual occupational fatality rate of 27.5 per 100,000 workers (2003-2009) - more than seven times higher than the rate for all U.S. workers.
Oil and gas industry workers engage in many activities that may expose them to serious hazards, such as falling from towers, unguarded machinery, being struck by heavy equipment, electrocutions, and silica dust.
This course is an introduction to the basic elements of an effective Oil and Gas Industry Safety Management System (SMS).
The information, tools, and resources provided in course are designed to help you, whether you are an employer or employee, to identify, reduce, and eliminate oil and gas-related hazards.
Like all companies in the oil and gas industry, you need to tailor your Safety Management System (SMS) to your own specific work operations and work environments.
An effective SMS has five primary elements:
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1. Dept. of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (2014). Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Servicing eTool. Retrieved from: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/oilgaswelldrilling/otherresources.html
2. American Petroleum Institute (2014). Guidance Document for the Development of a Safety and Environmental Management System for Onshore Oil and Natural Gas Production Operations and Associated Activities. Retrieved from:http://www.api.org/
3. Bureau of Land Management (2014). Public Lands: Interior. Retrieved from: www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/mt/blm_programs/energy/oil_and_gas/policy/cfr3160.Par.28656.File.dat/cfr3160.pdf