Helping Companies Meet Oil and Gas Industry Standards
The oil and gas industry is a highly competitive market as it involves numerous processes, such as gathering, production, treatment, logistics, and refinement, done on a global scale.
The Role of Chemical Processing in the Oil and Gas Industry
Chemical processing is a crucial step in the oil and gas industry as it helps convert raw crude oil into usable products like gasoline, diesel, and fuel. Process chemicals are also used in this sector to accomplish operations, such as drilling, cementing, completion, stimulation, and production.
Over the last few decades, the composition of process chemicals has significantly increased in complexity. Many of these agents contain substances that are known as toxic. However, some still have unknown toxicity levels. Regardless, both are essential in the oil and gas industry, so all materials must be handled properly.
Common Hazards and Incidents in the Oil and Gas Industry
Explosions and Fires
Some of the most widely known hazards in the oil and gas industry are explosions and fires. These can be caused by many factors, including mechanical failures, human errors, faulty equipment, and natural phenomena.
A lack of oxygen accounts for numerous fatalities at facilities. Gases, vapors, and volatile compounds, like nitrogen, sulfur dioxide, and carbon monoxide, can come from wells or combustion engines.
Hydrogen Sulfide Exposure
Mostly originating from natural sources, hydrogen sulfide forms as a part of natural gas, petroleum, and crude oil. Employees must be cautious when handling materials with this substance since prolonged exposure may cause nausea, tearing of the eyes, and bronchial constriction.
Workers in the oil and gas industry use different machines daily. To ensure they do not mishandle any of these contraptions, they are thoroughly oriented and taught how to operate each one.
Workers in the oil and gas industry are often required to enter confined spaces, such as storage tanks, mud pits, and excavated areas. These locations are especially hazardous since friction, impact, or anything that causes heat can cause the ignition of flammable vapors or gases.
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Through Saltegra’s various process safety consulting services, our team of professionals can help ensure your oil and gas plant is safe from hazards that may potentially harm your personnel and the environment. Feel free to reach out to us today to learn more about how we can assist you.