Drilling fluids perform various functions. They lubricate drill bits, remove cuttings, and provide a barrier for well control. Inhalation of vapours or skin contact can cause serious health issues, though. Drilling fluids can contain any mix of hundreds of chemicals. Since every mix can be different, workers may not know
Ammonia is a toxic chemical most commonly found in refrigerants, cleaning products, and fertilizers. It can be a liquid or a gas, and it's most dangerous as a gas. Exposure to a high concentration of ammonia can be fatal. How workers are exposed Ammonia is most commonly found in the
Hydrogen sulfide is a dangerous toxic gas found in many industries. At low concentrations it causes health problems. At high concentrations it can be lethal. It smells like rotten eggs, but can numb the sense of smell so quickly that workers won't notice the odour. [xt_networks title="Follow Us" force_original_colors="yes"] How
Carbon dioxide becomes toxic when there is too much of it. This is especially true in confined areas. Excess carbon dioxide will also displace oxygen in the air and can asphyxiate workers. Proper ventilation is essential to reduce the risk. [xt_networks title="Follow Us" force_original_colors="yes"] How workers are exposed Carbon dioxide
Many dusts are combustible, which means they can catch fire and burn. When fine dust particles catch fire while they’re suspended in the air, known as deflagration, fire can spread rapidly and sometimes leads to an explosion. [xt_networks title="Follow Us" force_original_colors="yes"] Industry sectors that typically generate combustible dust, such as bakeries,
Preparing for plant shutdown maintenance projects ahead of time and evaluating non-routine safety hazards prior to starting work will help prevent injuries and keep projects on track. [xt_networks title="Follow Us" force_original_colors="yes"] Routine plant shutdowns commonly are used throughout industry to allow time for preventative maintenance projects, in-depth housekeeping, changeovers, upgrades
It’s an understatement to say in the past few years the oil and gas industry – both “upstream” in exploration and drilling operations, and “downstream” in refining processes – has gone through formidable safety challenges and traumatic safety-related incidents. Today, major oil and gas multinationals are among the most transparent