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Course 902 - Well Site Preparation and Drilling Safety

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Course 902 Certificate
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Modules: 9
Hours: 8
Sector: Oil and Gas

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Welcome!

The oil and gas industry employs hundreds of thousands of people and is a vital component of the international economy. However, it can be a very dangerous profession. According to the Bureau of Labor and Industries, from 2003 to 2010, 823 oil and gas extraction workers were killed on the job-a fatality rate seven times greater than the rate for all United States industries. This course can be used as a resource in helping to identify oil and gas rig hazards and providing possible solutions.

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As an OSHAcademy student, you can access 100% of our training materials for free, including our module quizzes and course exams. We only charge a small fee if you decide to document your training with our official course certificates or transcripts.

Key Topics

  • Site Preparation
  • Excavation and Trenching
  • Rigging Up Safety
  • Walking and Working Surfaces
  • Drilling Ahead Safety
  • Breaking Out Pipe
  • Tripping Out and In
  • Casing Operations
  • Site Maintenance Activities
  • Well Control Safety
  • Blowout Prevention Program

Target Audience

  • Employee
  • Supervisor
  • Manager
  • Contractor

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

Introduction

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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. More than 450,000 workers were employed in the oil and gas industries in 2011 (Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages). These workers are engaged in many different industrial processes needed to successfully drill and service a well. These processes frequently require the use of specialized equipment and specialized work crews.

From 2003 to 2010, 823 oil and gas extraction workers were killed on the job–a fatality rate seven times greater than the rate for all U.S. industries (Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries). Safety and health hazards and dangerous conditions that can result in fatalities for oil and gas workers include:

  • vehicle accidents
  • struck-by/caught-in/caught-between
  • explosions and fires
  • falls
  • confined spaces
  • chemical exposures

Each drilling and servicing company has its own safety program. This course is not a replacement for those programs nor does it establish any industry consensus standards. Rather, this course can be used as a resource in helping to identify oil and gas rig hazards and providing possible solutions. This course does not purport to identify all hazards and solutions. This course focuses on land based operations.

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

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.

Modules

To begin your training, click on the module links below. If you are just starting this course, you should start with module 1.

  1. Site Preparation Safety
  2. Rigging Up Safety
  3. Rigging Up Safety (Continued)
  4. Drilling Ahead Safety
  5. Drilling Ahead Safety (Continued)
  6. Tripping Out/In
  7. Casing Operations Safety
  8. Maintenance Activities
  9. Well Control Safety

Course 902 Final Exam

Exam score sheet

After studying the course material and answering the quiz questions, it is time to take the final exam. We highly recommend answering the module quiz questions to check your understanding of the course material. The final exam questions are typically developed from these quiz questions.

OSHAcademy course final exams are designed to make sure students have gained a sufficient understanding of the content covered within each course. To help demonstrate this understanding, students must achieve a passing score on course final exams. It is OSHAcademy's policy to protect the integrity of our exams: as a result, we do not provide missed questions to students.

This is an open book exam. Students are permitted to use a separate browser window to review course content while taking the exam. If you do not pass a final exam, you will see a "Retake Exam" button next to the course on your student dashboard.

If you have already paid for your certificate

If you have already paid for certificates, your exam score will be displayed on your student dashboard after successfully passing the final exam. If you chose PDF certificates, you can view and print your certificate and personal transcript from your student dashboard. If you chose original printed documents, they will be prepared and mailed to the address in your student account.

If you only want free training

OSHAcademy provides free access to all training materials, including course modules, practice quizzes, exercises, and final exams. However, exam scores, certificates, and transcripts are provided only if you purchase a certificate package to document your training. If you do not require official training documentation, we will archive your exam results should you decide to purchase official certificates later.

Take the Final Exam

Course 902 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