5 Safety Tips for Oil and Gas Workers

Most workplace accidents can be prevented or at least mitigated by having a proactive approach to health and safety. This is no different for the Canadian Oil and Gas Industry. Although working in this industry can be dangerous, with the right approach and mindset towards safety, workplace accidents can be reduced significantly. The end goal for any organization is to have a “safety culture” where the protection and safety of its workers comes before any other goal.

Here are some tips to instill a culture of safety into your workplace:

Have a Plan

No matter what the job, big or small, always have a plan in place with safety in mind. On any new job, analyze the job as a whole and record any potential risks and your plan to mitigate them. This could be as simple as ensuring to properly secure ladder, or as robust as hiring a rescue services company to develop and implement a standby plan for your maintenance project.

Always Use Personal Protective Equipment

This should be a no-brainer, but everyday workers still forego some or all of their required PPE while working in potentially dangerous situations. Safety boots, hard hats, gloves, and proper vision and hearing protection should be employed in any situation that poses a potential risk.

Follow All Safety Procedures

For most, if not all on site activities there is a documented safety procedure to follow. For example, if you’re unfamiliar with the safe operation of a piece of equipment or don’t know the procedures for safe pressure testing, ask a co-worker or your superior before getting started.

When Working At Heights, Use the Proper Fall Arrest Protection

Working at heights is one of the leading causes of workplace fatalities and injuries. When the need for working at heights arises, you need to employ the correct fall protection tactics in order to stay safe. Using fall arrest gear like harnesses is mandatory when working at heights and the gear should be inspected regularly. Canadian Oil & Gas Legislation also mandates that a proper rescue plan and standby rescue team must be present when working in confined spaces or at heights for an extended period of time. You should use these tips for selecting the right rescue services company.

Go With Your Gut

If something feels unsafe, it probably is, so when it comes to your personal safety, don’t take any unnecessary risks. You should always ask questions if you’re uncomfortable with a certain task, and as always, you have the right to refuse unsafe work. Safety is always the priority.

Do you have any other tips to keep Canadian Oil & Gas workers safe on the job? Let us know. If you’d like to learn more about Protocol Rescue’s Oil & Gas Rescue Services, contact jhull@protocolrescue.com. For ongoing site safety tips related to oil and gas facilities specifically, please feel free to sign up for our newsletter or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.