February 23, 2016
OSHA and NIOSH issued a new hazard alert for oil and gas workers who manually gauge or sample fluids on production and flowback tanks.
The hazard alert, which was issued after a number of preventable deaths tied to manual tank gauging, offers employers recommendations on how to protect workers opening tank hatches to manually gauge or to sample hydrocarbon levels.
The recommendations outlined in the Health and Safety Risks for Workers Involved in Manual Tank Gauging and Sampling at Oil and Gas Extraction Sites cover three main categories: engineering controls, work practices and personal protective equipment.
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