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Course 901 - Oil and Gas Hazard Awareness

Safety guides and audits to make your job as a safety professional easier

Welcome!

Hi, and welcome to the course. If you are a safety manager, supervisor, committee member, or someone who is entering into the occupational safety and health field, this course will help you understand your important responsibilities.

Here's how it works (Read this... it's important!)

  1. Study each course module. Just click on the course "Modules" tab above to get started. It take about 30 minutes to one hour to complete each module, including the quiz.
  2. Complete each module quiz. Each quiz is 5-10 questions. When you submit the quiz, a new web page will load with instant feedback on your answers. After you complete the quiz, start on the next module. There is no need to wait! No hurry either. You are in control of the pace of learning.
  3. If you have questions as you study, just send us an email.

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  4. Order an Optional Certificate. If you want certification of your training, order a high quality certificate. Our training is free. We only charge a small fee to provide documentation of your training. If you are enrolled in one of our professional safety and health programs, you can save money by purchasing the program package that fits your needs. If you just want to purchase the certificate for this course, a link will be provided on your student dashboard after you pass the final exam. Just click on the "Purchase Certificate" Link.

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  5. Complete and submit the final course exam.
    • Final exams consist of 20 questions.
    • To meet OSHA requirements, you must pass the final exam with at least a 70% score.
    • If you do not pass the exam, you may retake the exam.
    • If you pass the exam, you may not retake the exam just to raise your score.
    • Most final exam questions are derived from module quizzes.

OK, Let's go!

Have fun and study hard. To start, just click on "Introduction" above.

Introduction

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Companies in the oil and gas extraction industry operate and/or develop oil and gas fields as a part of upstream oil and gas activities. These activities are sometimes referred to as exploration and production. Such activities may include:

  • exploring for crude petroleum and natural gas
  • drilling, completing, servicing and equipping wells
  • operating separators, emulsion breakers, de-silting equipment, and field gathering lines for crude petroleum and natural gas
  • performing other activities in preparing oil and gas up to the point of shipment from the producing property

The oil and gas well drilling and servicing industry was born in the United States in 1859 when the Drake Well outside Titusville, PA first struck oil. Since then, this industry has evolved to become a vital part of the petroleum industry.

The oil and gas industry employs hundreds of thousands of people and is a vital component of the national economy.

The information and resources provided in this course can help workers and employers identify and eliminate hazards in their workplace. The course introduces applicable OSHA regulatory requirements, as well as industry standards and guidance aimed at identifying, preventing, and controlling exposure to hazards.

Which OSHA Rules Apply to Oil and Gas?

Employers must protect the safety and health of workers involved in oil and gas operations according to:

  1. OSHA's General Industry Standards (29 CFR 1910)
  2. OSHA's Construction Standards (29 CFR 1926)
  3. General Duty Clause of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act

Scenario

A derrickman was working on the derrick board of a rig. After taking a break, the derrickman climbed back up to the derrick board and did not attach his fall protection device after unhooking from the climb assist. The worker grabbed the first stand of pipe with the tail rope which helped keep his balance as the elevators were being sent up to attach to the pipe. When he released the tail rope, he lost his balance and fell 90 ft. to the rig floor, where he was fatally injured.

Here are some ways to prevent this type of accident:

  1. Ensure that all employees who work at elevations above the ground or adjacent surfaces such as a rig floor are protected at all times from falling by guardrail systems, safety net systems, or personal fall arrest systems (PFAS).
  2. Evaluate the worksite to identify jobs and locations where workers might be exposed to fall hazards.
  3. Instruct all workers in the hazards of working at elevations and how to properly use personal fall arrest systems (PFAS).
  4. Implement work rules which instruct workers that they must use fall protection equipment (e.g., ladder climbing assist devices; PFAS, etc.) when they are working at elevations.
  5. Inspect all fall-related equipment (guardrails, ladders, PFAS) to make sure that they are not damaged or deteriorated.

Getting Started

To begin your online training, click on the "Modules" tab above. To study offline, go to your student dashboard and download the course study guide. The study guide is for your personal use only, and cannot be used for commercial purposes.

Course 901 Final Exam

OSHAcademy course final exams are designed to help ensure students demonstrate a sufficient understanding of the content covered within each course. To help demonstrate this understanding, students must achieve a minimum score of 70% on final exams. It is OSHAcademy's policy to protect the integrity of our exams and, as a result, we do not provide missed questions to students.

After you have studied all of the course material and taken the module quizzes, you can take the final exam. The module quizzes are optional, but we highly recommend you take each quiz, as the questions are similar to those on the final exam.

This is an open book exam. As you are taking the exam, if you find a question you are unsure of, you should use the course study guide or course web pages to research the correct answer. Don't worry if you fail the exam. You can study and retake the exam when you are ready.

If you have already paid for a Certificate Program

If you have already paid for your certificates, your exam score will be displayed in your student dashboard next to the course. You will also be able to view or print the course PDF certificate if you purchased this option. Your PDF transcript will also be automatically updated to include the course.

If you only want free training

You are welcome to take all of our courses for free! We only charge a fee if you want certificates, transcripts and exam scores to document your training. If you have not made a payment for your certificate, we will archive your exam results and you will see "Completed!" next to the course if you passed the exam. If you did not pass the exam with a score of 70% or higher, you will need to retake the exam.

Take the Final Exam

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Course 901 Study Guide. You can save this study guide to your computer for offline studying, or print the study guide if you prefer.

Endnotes

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