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Welcome to the new website for North Texas Exploration and Production Safety Network (NTEPS)! We hope you will join us at our next meeting. Meetings are held on the third Friday of each month from 9 AM to 11 AM. Meetings are held at the UTA Division for Enterprise Development Center, 140 West Mitchell Street, Arlington, TX 76109, Room: E200F/G.

This Month's Meeting September 21, 2018
Guest Speaker 1: James Karin, Account Manager at Ritz Safety. Mr. Karin will be presenting Hand and Portable Power Tool Safety.
Guest Speaker 2: Arlene Lamont or Gary Files, OSHA Update.

Upcoming Meeting October 19, 2018
Guest Speaker 1: Ron Byrd CSP, LCR, FSR, Director of Risk Control with Towerstone Wholesale Insurance. Mr. Byrd will be presenting "At What Level," driving issues in the Oil & Gas Industry. 
**Charter Officer Nominations
Guest Speaker 2: Arlene Lamont or Gary Files, OSHA Update.

Upcoming Meeting November 16, 2018
Guest Speaker: Deren Boyd, Operations Officer with Hazard Scout.
**Charter Officer Election
Guest Speaker 2: Arlene Lamont or Gary Files, OSHA Update.

No Meeting In December

 

Hot Topics

LIMITATIONS OF MULTI-GAS MONITORS HAZARD ALERT

Multi-Gas Monitors for Oil and Gas Industry: Understanding the Proper Use and Monitor Capabilities

An H2S monitor is likely not enough...Multi-gas monitors can protect workers from unseen workplace hazards, such as toxic, flammable, and oxygen deficient atmospheres. By alarming in the presence of harmful atmospheres, a properly calibrated multi-gas monitor can alert the worker to unsafe conditions.

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NIOSH-OSHA HAZARD ALERT - MANUAL TANK GAUGING AND SAMPLING

Health and Safety Risks for Workers Involved in Manual Tank Gauging and Sampling at Oil and Gas Extraction Sites

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have identified health and safety risks to workers who manually gauge

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HAZARD ALERT - OILFIELD HOT WORK

Fatalities Associated with Hot Work on Oilfield Tanks, Tankers, and other related equipment

Between 2005 and 2015 "85" DEATHS due to fires or explosions, Including 28 hot work deaths

Produced fluids, such as crude oil, flowback water, and produced water are brought to the surface, along with hydrocarbon vapors and gases during production operations.

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HAZARD ALERT - IGNITION OF VAPORS

Prevention of Fatalities from Ignition of Vapors by Mobile Engines and Auxiliary Motors

Between 2005 and 2015 "85" DEATHS due to fires or explosions, Including 27 mobile engines/motors deaths

Vehicles and motorized equipment present an ignition hazard if located too close to the wellbore or other potential flammable vapor sources (e.g., flowback tanks, frac tanks, production tanks).

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News

ANNOUNCING OSHA-NIOSH HEAT SAFETY TOOL

As part of our effort to keep you informed of new OSHA resources, we wanted to let you know about the release of the OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool. The new app, available for both Android and iPhone, is a collaborative effort between OSHA and NIOSH to update the OSHA Heat Safety Tool. Since its launch in 2011, more than 450,000 users have downloaded the OSHA Heat Safety Tool.

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Safe + Sound 2018

Safe + Sound Week - August 13-19, 2018

Last year, Safe + Sound Week was a success by all measures. Hundreds of businesses across the country participated to showcase elements of their safety and health programs during the week, or took a step in the right direction by starting to build their safety and health program. We are pleased to announce that this year Safe + Sound Week will take place August 13-19. Leading up to Safe + Sound Week, there will be opportunities to learn more about safety and health programs and get exclusive content from Safe + Sound Organizers.

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OIL AND GAS EXTRACTION WORKER FATALITIES 2014; NIOSH FATALITIES IN OIL AND GAS EXTRACTION (FOG) DATABASE

This report describes fatal incidents identified by the NIOSH Fatalities in Oil and Gas Extraction (FOG) database that occurred in 2014. The purpose of FOG is to collect detailed information about worker fatalities related to U.S. oil and gas extraction.

This report provides updates to fatalities published in the Oil and Gas Extraction Worker Fatalities, 2014 Mid-year Report: January 1, 2014–June 30, 2014, and also includes fatalities from the second half of the year.

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PROTECTING OIL AND GAS WORKERS FROM HYDROCARBON GASES AND VAPORS- NIOSH

NIOSH releases official new video: Protecting Oil and Gas Workers from Hydrocarbon Gases and Vapors. https://go.usa.gov/xRwdE

This 13-minute video was developed in partnership with the California Department of Public Health-Occupational Health Branch (CDPH-OHB); special thanks goes to Bob Harrison and Laura Styles for their vital contributions.

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OSHA QUICKTAKES NEWSLETTER

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OIL AND GAS WELL DRILLING AND SERVICING ETOOL **UPDATE JUNE 15, 2017**

New resources available to help protect oilfield workers. https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/oilandgas/index.html

A new training module and hazard alert on protecting workers in the oil and gas industry are now available from OSHA. Both resources were developed through OSHA's alliance with the National Service, Transmission, Exploration and Production Safety Network and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

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ANNOUNCING OSHA-NIOSH HEAT SAFETY TOOL

As part of our effort to keep you informed of new OSHA resources, we wanted to let you know about the release of the OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool. The new app, available for both Android and iPhone, is a collaborative effort between OSHA and NIOSH to update the OSHA Heat Safety Tool. Since its launch in 2011, more than 450,000 users have downloaded the OSHA Heat Safety Tool.

With the release of the co-branded version, which provides a new and refreshed interface, both agencies expect to reach even more users. Anyone using the current version of the OSHA Heat Safety Tool is encouraged to download the new OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool. The OSHA Heat Safety Tool will no longer be available for download after September 30, 2017.

Employers should encourage workers exposed to hot and humid conditions to use the app to check the heat index and relevant protective measures. The app displays the heat index in the user’s location and shows the current risk level. The app also forecasts the hourly heat index throughout the entire workday, giving employers information they can use to adjust the work environment as needed to protect workers.

For more information, see the NIOSH Science Blog post: Heat Index: When humidity makes it feel hotter.

Heat Index: When humidity makes it feel hotter

NIOSH and OSHA recently released the redesigned, co-branded OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool App. This version replaces the app previously created by OSHA in 2011. The app calculates the heat index at outdoor worksites using the smartphone’s geolocation capabilities to pull current weather conditions from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellites. Based on the calculated heat index, users are provided specific sets of recommendations for protections against the heat. Workers and managers can use these recommendations to adjust their work environment. The app recommendations were updated to reflect information found in the NIOSH Criteria for a Recommended Standard: Occupational Exposure to Heat and Hot Environments (published in 2016). Along with updated recommendations, the co-branded app has new features and improved usability. With a basic understanding of the heat index, the app is a useful tool for working safely outdoors.

WHAT IS THE HEAT INDEX?
The heat index is a measure of how hot it feels when relative humidity is taken into account along with the actual air temperature. It is important to note that since heat index values were devised for shady, light wind conditions, exposure to full sunshine can increase heat index values by up to 15°F.

The National Weather Service uses the heat index values to issue heat alerts, such as:

Excessive Heat Outlook – Extended excessive heat (heat index of 105°F-110°F [41°C-43°C]) over the next 3 to 7 days.
Excessive Heat Watch – Excessive heat may occur within the next 24 to 72 hours.
Excessive Heat Warning – The heat index will be life threatening in the next 24 hours. Excessive heat is imminent or has a high probability of occurring.
Excessive Heat Advisory – The heat index may be uncomfortable but not life threatening if precautions are taken.
Chart of heat and humidity for heat index
Heat index tiers
In addition, the heat index chart uses four bands of color associated with four risk levels.

Since workers in hot environments experience heat stress from a combination of environmental factors and metabolic heat from the tasks they are performing, OSHA modified some of the heat index cutoffs to create heat index-associated protective measure for worksites.

WHEN SHOULD I USE THE HEAT INDEX?
The heat index and wet bulb globe temperature (WBGT) are both used to measure environmental temperature. NIOSH recommends the use of wet bulb globe temperature (WBGT) to determine the Recommended Exposure Limits (RELs) for acclimatized workers and the Recommended Alert Limits (RALs) for unacclimatized workers in hot environments. However, we realize that workers and many small businesses will not have access to the resources necessary to determine WBGT. In these cases using the heat index is a viable alternative. WBGT is determined by measuring dry air temperature, humidity, and radiant energy; and used to calculate a thermal load on the worker. While the literature provides plenty of evidence regarding WBGT’s accuracy and common usage in industrial settings; the simplicity of the heat index makes it a good option for many outdoor work environments (as long as there are no additional radiant heat sources, such as, fires or hot machinery).

Is monitoring the heat index enough to keep workers safe? Use of the heat index (or WBGT) is important, but due to a variety of other factors affecting risk, it cannot be solely relied upon to prevent heat stress among workers. For example, employers should: (1) reduce workplace heat stress by implementing engineering and work practice controls; (2) train workers before hot outdoor work begins; (3) ensure that workers are acclimatized before they work in a hot environment; (4) provide the means for appropriate hydration of workers; (5) ensure and encourage workers to take appropriate rest breaks to cool down and hydrate; and (6) give workers the opportunity to limit exposure to direct sun or other radiant heat sources by providing shaded areas as needed.

The heat index can be used as a screening tool, so that supervisors and workers can more easily recognize when additional preventive options should be implemented. For example, as the heat index increases then more water and rest breaks may become necessary. In addition, if conditions are of extreme risk, then it may be necessary to reschedule non-essential work.

HOW DO I USE THE OSHA-NIOSH HEAT SAFETY TOOL APP?
This app provides recommendations to prevent heat-related illnesses and reduce heat stress in outdoor workers based on local weather conditions used to calculate the heat index.

Download the App Download for free at Apple Store and Google Play available in English and Spanish.

Heat Index When you open the app, if your location services is enabled, the temperature and humidity data will automatically download and the current heat index will be displayed. Beneath the calculated heat index is the associated “Precautions” button for the risk level. By clicking on “Precautions”, you will arrive on a screen with risk level-specific recommendations.

Hourly Heat Index Forecast If you are interested in planning your work activities for the entire shift around the heat index, there is an hourly feature that will allow you to scroll through and determine the hottest hours of the day along with the corresponding risk level and precautions.

Symptoms and First Aid At the bottom of your app screen you will always have easy access to heat-related illness symptoms and first aid.

More Additional information about the app can be found, along with contact information for both OSHA and NIOSH. The “More Tips” provides information about being prepared for emergencies, training, acclimatization, hydration, monitoring workers for heat-related illness, and breaks. There is also a list of risk factors associated with heat-related illnesses.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
For more information on heat stress and educational products for safety and health professionals, employers, and workers, visit the NIOSH Topic Page on Heat Stress.

Brenda Jacklitsch, MS, is a health scientist with the NIOSH Education and Information Division.

Posted on June 5, 2017 by Brenda Jacklitsch, MS

Categories Heat Stress, Technology

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