Miscellaneous Best Practices
Compressed Gas Cylinders
- Return them promptly to a suitable storage area after use.
- Locate storage areas away from general and emergency escape traffic paths.
- Divide cylinder storage areas in to areas marked as ‘full’ and ‘empty’ by tagging the cylinders.
- Oxygen cylinders should be stored at least 20 feet away from fuel-gas cylinders or combustible materials (especially oil or grease). As an alternative, a non-combustible barrier, at least five feet high, can be used with a fire-resistance rating of at least one-half hour.
- Separate cylinders containing substances that, if mixed, could produce an explosive or fire hazard. For example, do not store acetylene and oxygen cylinders together unless they are stored in an approved bottle-rack carrier, per NFPA Standard 55.
- When not in use, close cylinder valves and depressurize connecting hoses.
- Be sure that valve protection caps are in place on cylinders whenever they are not connected for use or while they are being transported.
- Store, transport, and use compressed gas cylinders in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications and NFPA codes
- Secure cylinders to substantial stationary objects or structures by a chain or other suitable means capable of supporting the weight of the cylinder.
Compressors, Engines, and Pumps
When working with compressors, engines, and pumps:
- The equipment may start automatically, without warning. Personnel should stay away and refrain from leaning on or resting anything against the equipment. Post warning signs on the equipment.
- Some parts of air compressors may become extremely hot during use. Mark these places on the machine to warn workers who may come into accidental contact with it.
- Fit rotating parts of pumps, engines, and other machinery, such as fans, belts, chain drives, and clutches, with machinery guards. Do not remove safety guards on compressors except when inspecting,
making repairs, lubrication, or making adjustments. Replace these parts immediately.
- Do not perform work until power has been shut off, the machinery properly locked and/or tagged out, and any Work Authorization Permits and/or Isolation Certificates have been issued.
- All compressors, engines, and pumps should have all required safety devices installed as per API RP 14C and manufacturer’s recommendations.
It is important that all workers understand safety requirements associated with operations conducted in confined spaces.
Confined space entry can be extremely dangerous. Company and contractor workers are not authorized to conduct confined space entries without proper training and authorization.
OSHA considers workplaces confined when their configurations hinder the activities of employees who should enter, work in, and exit them.
- On offshore facilities, a confined space:
- has limited or restricted means for entry or exit
- is not designed for continuous employee occupancy
- Where a worker should enter a confined space, verify that suitable confined entry procedures are in place, proper personal protective equipment and testing equipment is used, to protect and that workers have received the proper training.
- Documentation of this training should be provided to company prior to the job.
- Make the required Confined Space Entry Plan and Permit readily available at the work site.
For more information on this topic, take OSHAcademy Course 713, Confined Space Safety.
Dropped Objects and Equipment
When objects are dropped:
- Notify the company representative and/or the supervisor of any dropped objects whether on- or overboard.
- Record objects that are lost overboard on the facility's daily operations report and investigate incidents, as appropriate.
- Report all dropped objects to company representative as well as HSE manager to ensure they are externally reported as per BSEE regulations.
- Adhere to all industry best practices for dropped objects prevention guidelines.
When riding helicopters, passengers should:
- Be properly oriented and trained on passenger safety.
- Closely follow boarding and disembarkation safety instructions given by the helicopter representative.
- Be aware of the location of exits and safety equipment when boarding.
- Always enter or leave the helicopter in the safe access/egress area.
- Secure lightweight articles to prevent them from being sucked into the rotor blades or blown overboard.
- Wear seatbelts, ear protection, and life jackets during the flight.
- Do not tamper with any helicopter equipment.
- Carry only one piece of luggage from the helideck at any one time.
- Always keep one hand on the handrail.
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