Safety should always be a priority when working in the oilfields
Safety may not be the most interesting topic we cover in Gas, Oil and Mining Contractor, but it’s certainly one of the most important. So important, in fact, that we dedicate the entire August issue to safety education and training. Read up on ways to make sure your company has a strong safety culture, from a roundup of safety products and tips on choosing the right H2S monitor, to advice on setting up your own safety program.
- H2S monitors are absolutely vital wherever a worker may be at risk for inhaling the toxic gas. While H2S has a characteristic odor, prolonged exposure to it can make it more challenging to notice. If a person inhales too much hydrogen sulfide, the lungs can shut down. Learn what to look for when choosing an H2S monitor in this month’s Tech Perspective.
- Real-life training is the best training. Irwin’s Safety in Calgary, Alberta, understands the importance of tailoring a safety training course for each client, giving workers comprehensive training that applies directly to the work they do daily. “I think what really helps is when you’re able to teach people in a classroom about being safe, and then actually practice that in a place that feels very similar to where they work,” says Kyle Irwin, president of Irwin’s Safety. Read up on this practical approach in Training for Oilfield Dangers.
- No cutting corners! Urgency to meet production goals can sometimes mean safety isn’t given top priority. But safety should never be compromised. When creating or evaluating a safety program, there are four factors project managers should take into account. Read up on them in Eye on the Industry: Setting Up a Safety Program and make sure your own safety training is up to snuff.