New guidance document helps oil and gas workers to prevent chemical hazard injuries


Fort St. John, BC.

In the month of March, Enform — the safety association for Canada’s upstream oil and gas industry, in association with key major players in the industry have developed and launched Controlling Chemical Hazards in the Oil and Gas Industry A Program Development Guideline.This comprehensive guide helps employers and workers prevent chemical hazards at the worksites. It is now available for industry-wide use on the Enform website.

The guide can be used as an educational tool to define the process for controlling chemical risks at oil and gas lease sites. It will explain the various responsibilities regarding Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and their importance to the employers and employees. It will also provide a background on chemical hazards specific to the oil and gas industry, and have value-laden, easy-to-use templates to assist the employers and employees working on these sites when evaluating their chemical concerns (e.g. exposure control plans, chemical guidance sheets, etc). The comprehensive guide is now available for industry-wide use.

18-2The guide is broken up into three sections: a planners guide, supervisors guide, and workers guide. It provides detailed information on the roles and responsibilities of workers and employers who could be affected by chemical hazards at their worksites. In addition to the guide, one of the other tools is a worker flip-guide designed by workers for workers which is simple to understand and easy to use.

An accompanying interactive web program will assist companies with finding the right guidance sheets for the particular chemicals and mixture of chemicals that they are working with. The web program will also help provide direction as to what modifications may be required for their safety program, depending on which different chemicals and mixtures are used. This will be a huge advantage for companies that may not have a hygienist on staff who can direct their individualized safety program.

“It is promising to see the Western Canadian safety and regulatory bodies including WorkSafeBC, as well as industry experts come together and assist Enform in developing a document that supports the oil and gas industry in controlling chemical hazards in the workplace,” says Rick Newlove, manager at Enform’s Fort St. John campus.  “This co-operation makes for a very comprehensive guidance document for all levels of industry.  I am enthusiastic to see industry take advantage of this material for their worksites.”

Enform plays a fundamental role in providing oil and gas industry workers and employer’s guidelines to protect their employees, make available safety alerts and bulletins, and communicate industry-recommended best practices. Enform is the advocate and leading resource for the continuous improvement of industry safety performance. Established by industry for industry, Enform helps companies achieve their safety goals by promoting shared safety practices and providing effective training, expert audit services, and professional advice. Our vision is a no work-related incident or injuries in the Canadian upstream oil and gas industry.



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