The Role of Chemical Processing in the Energy Industry
Chemical processing involves extracting certain substances from raw materials. It is an integral part of the energy industry because it helps companies achieve their goals and meet targets by providing them with the raw materials they need.
For example, companies that play a prominent role in power generation use hazardous chemicals, such as pentane, to create electricity by exchanging heat with steam from geothermal sources. However, as helpful as it is, this straight-chain, alkane chemical can be dangerous to those exposed to it. Pentane can irritate the nose and throat, causing headaches and dizziness.
Common Hazards and Incidents in the Energy Industry
Confined Space Hazards
If an area in your facility has too little space for a specific process, your employees are at risk of asphyxiation and engulfment. These can be caused by poor air quality and the collapse of bulk materials.
The use of machinery in the energy industry can lead to incidents. These are usually caused by faulty equipment or the lack of proper training on how to operate each contraption.
Fires and Explosions
A fire or explosion can take place anywhere at any time. However, they are more likely to happen at a power plant, petroleum refinery, chemical plant, or nuclear power plant because these establishments regularly hold reactive substances.
This happens when an electric current enters the body through a conductor and travels to a nerve. Since energy companies utilize heavy machinery, their employees are at risk of electrocution if they are not oriented properly on how to use each apparatus.
Slips and Falls
Having even one employee slip or fall due to loose mats, uneven steps, or spilled liquids can be fatal. These incidents can result in serious injuries, time lost from work, or even death in some cases.
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