Oil and Gas Hazard Awareness

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.


  • General Oil and Gas Safety
  • How Injuries Occur in Drilling Operations
  • Task-Specific Hazards and Accidents
  • Other Hazards on the Drilling Site
  • Other Hazards on the Drilling Site (Continued)
  • Other Hazards on the Drilling Site (Continued)
  • Health Hazards in Drilling Operations