The oil and gas industries average a fatality rate seven times greater in comparison to the rate for all U.S. industries (25.1 compared with 3.7 per 100,000 per year). The workers face hazards throughout their daily duties, which is why its necessary for employers to provide them with the correct personal protective equipment.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the most common hazards that workers at offshore oil rigs face are vehicle accidents, being struck by or caught between equipment, fires, falls, and chemical exposures. Ensuring that all workers are provided with suitable PPE equipment, such as eye protection, hearing protection, hand and foot protection, as well flame-resistant clothing is required by OSHA standards to keep oil and gas workers safe.
PPE requirements for oil and gas industry
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to provide workers with suitable eye protection if there is a risk that they will be exposed to flying particles or hazardous substances. They must also provide gloves that are suitable for the individual’s job duties and work environment, as well as protective footwear for onsite workers who are around heavy objects or may be exposed to extreme temperatures or at risk of slipping.
Workers on offshore oil and gas facilities may be exposed to unsafe atmospheric conditions, so they must be provided with suitable respirators, especially if they are working in a confined environment.
PPE in oil and gas industry
From high-quality protective clothing to rugged breathing apparatus, the oil and gas PPE market has reliable safety solutions for any application. Safety experts Carroll Technologies has searched the market to help its customers find the best solution for them.
Offshore PPE equipment supplied by Carroll includes:
- Full brim hard hats (280-EV6161MC)
- Electric-class gloves and maximum safety gloves (150-SK-2/12-KIT) (120-5150/L)
- Nitrile foam gloves (09-K1630/L)
- Arc Flash Kits (9150-52436/4XL)(9150-52436/2XL)
- Safety glasses (250-28-0021)
- Earplugs (267-HPR300C)
- Face shields (251-01-5270)
- MPS Centurion Vision hard hat
- MPS Centurion Spectrum hard hat
- MSA hard hats
- NLT hard hards
- 475369-B V-Guard Hard Hat
- 475336 Comfo Cap Hard Hat
- MSA’s Altair 4X and 5X Detector
- W65 Self-Rescuer Respirator
For respirators, Carroll Technologies provides solutions from MSA, experts in self-contained breathing apparatus, fixed gas and flame detection systems. According to Carroll president Allen Haywood: “MSA has been a solid company for decades; we have a long-standing relationship with them. They provide not only W65 rescuers but all types of instrumentation, such as handheld spotters or monitors, which can check for an array of different gases.”
For its range of wearable protective equipment, such as gloves, hearing protection and high visibility garments, Carroll Technologies supplies solutions manufactured by Protective Industrial Products (PIP). According to Haywood: “PIP supplies just about anything that is a personal protective device. It’s a good company that we’ve been relying on for protective equipment for many years.”
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