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Tips for Meeting OSHA Safety Regulations in 2015

By Safety Company

Mar 30, 2015

Tips for reducing workplace injuries in Oil & Gas.


Refinery workers are responsible for operating petroleum refineries. Due to the job nature, they are always at risk of being seriously injured or even worse fatally wounded.


Refinery workers are required to maintain a trustworthy, free of danger, and environmentally sound facility. Unfortunately due to outdated personal protection equipment, safety labels, and personal respirators, the number of fatal injuries has increased through the years.


Injuries such as falling accidents, toxic exposure, explosions, and shock have all been prevalent in recent times. Keeping refinery workers safe on the job will ensure a better more productive workplace.


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration compiled a list of the 10 most cited safety standards. These include:


  • Fall protection
  • Hazard communication
  • Scaffolding
  • Respiratory protection
  • Electrical wiring methods
  • Powered industrial trucks
  • Ladders
  • Lockouts
  • Electrical requirements
  • And machine guarding


As you can see there is a plethora of cited safety standards that must be addressed. It is imperative that we take the time to evaluate how we can improve these cited safety standards and make working conditions less complicated for refinery workers.


It is also very important that the personal protection equipment that these workers are using are relatively new and made up of top-notch quality.


With proper training and safety equipment such as personal respirators and safety labels, most of these workplace injuries are completely preventable. There are a couple of simple steps that will undoubtedly reduce the risk of being involved in a fatal injury and will also diminish your chances of getting a citation. These steps include:


  1. Enforce regular training - Through enforcing regular training you are assuring that your employees are regularly working on specific skills that will allow them to strive and do a good job in future tasks.
  2. Properly install equipment - Installing equipment properly is vital to maintain refinery workers safety. A wrong installation can cause combustion and fill the environment with deadly toxins.
Be verbal with employees and explain expectations - Communicating is extremely important. Being verbal with your employees will make their jobs a lot easier and gratifying because they will know exactly what is expected of them and the risks that come with not performing their job at high-level
  4. Have facilities inspected constantly - Having facilities inspected constantly will ensure that if any problem or hazardous situation arises you will be well-informed about the possible dangers that could be a threat to your employees
  5. Provide problem-solving utensils - Safety labels, personal respirators are also of utmost importance when it comes to safety issues pertaining to refinery workers. Having this type of equipment all over the workplace will help a great deal because your refinery workers are constantly reminded of their duties and tasks. These problem-solving utensils are very beneficiary towards the general safety regulations that pertain to refinery workers.


By sharing these quick tips, we hope to encourage you to continue re-enforcing the good message.

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