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.

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

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