Oil and Gas Wellsite Safety 101

Any time you are working in an oil and gas field there are hazards you need to be aware of.  

In this oil and gas safety video, we’ll show you how to spot some of these hazards and take the appropriate action so you go home safe at the end of the day.  

Before You Leave the Truck

We are going to assume you have been granted permission by the operating company and have completed their safety training requirements.  

Some sites may not have cellular service, so make sure your emergency contacts are aware of your location and estimated time of return.

Before exiting the truck, you want to do three important things:

  1. Check for H2S signage.
  2. Record the lease name and coordinates on the lease sign. You can take a photo of it or use paper and pen. This will help in case emergency responders need to find you, and you will need this information for your tailgate safety meeting. 
  3. Turn your H2S monitor on and allow it time to calibrate.

Onsite Oil and Gas Safety

Here are twelve steps to oil and gas safety when you are on site:

  1. When you open the gate, be aware of any cattle or other animals, and be respectful of the owner’s property. If there are animals on site, avoid them. Be sure to close the gate after you’ve entered, and when you leave.
  2. Find an appropriate parking spot upwind of the site, where you have an unobstructed path to the exit and aren’t blocking any other vehicles.
  3. Make sure everyone is wearing appropriate PPE. This should include at minimum a hard hat, safety glasses, FR clothing, and safety footwear. Hearing protection may also be required at some sites.
  4. Make sure your H2S monitor is turned on and attached within 9 inches of your breathing zone.
  5. Conduct a tailgate safety meeting to go through your company’s safety checklist. In this meeting you need to identify the primary and secondary muster points upwind of the site, as well as weather considerations.
  6. If the lease holder’s safety department is on site, they may require a safety meeting as well before going on site.
  7. Always use walkways; never step on the berm.
  8. Once you are on site be aware of potential slips, trips, falls and pinch points.
  9. As you approach, identify obstacles like berms, piping, and walkways.
  10. If you spot an oil spill coming from equipment or on the ground, immediately stop working and report it to the lease operator. 
  11. Identify the different types of vessels and equipment on site and what could be dangerous due to heat. You can do this with a temperature gun. If one is unavailable, trace the pipes to see if there is a burner upstream of where you are working and proceed with caution. If you aren’t sure, assume it’s hot.  
  12. Approach closed containers and sheds slowly, and watch for snakes or other wildlife.  

Use these simple tips to help you stay safe!