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Course 901 - Oil and Gas Hazard Awareness

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Modules: 7
Hours: 6
Sector: Oil and Gas

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Course 901 Oil and Gas Hazard Awareness

Key Topics

  • General Safety and Health Hazards
  • Drilling Site Jobs
  • Drilling Operation Accidents
  • Task-specific Accidents
  • Crane, Derrick, and Hoist Hazards
  • Material Handling Hazards
  • Blowouts
  • Flammable and Combustible Liquids
  • Lightning and Static Electricity
  • Hot Work (Welding) and Fire Safety
  • Flare Pits and Lines
  • Exposure to Rotating Parts
  • Ergonomics
  • Circulating Fluid Systems
  • Hand and Power Tools
  • Confined Spaces
  • Exposure to Silica and Hydrogen Sulfide Gas

Target Audience

  • Employee
  • Supervisor
  • Manager
  • Contractor

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)




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


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.

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Course 901 Final Exam

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1. Dept. of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (2014). Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Servicing eTool. Retrieved from:

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:

3. Bureau of Land Management (2014). Public Lands: Interior. Retrieved from: