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Safety Considerations in Oil & Gas

Oil and gas workers encounter countless risks on the job due to the multitude of specific tasks they perform daily. Mitigating these risks begins with protocols driven by the oil and gas safety culture and ends with each worker’s proper PPE, including specialty impact, chemical, cut and oil-resistant gloves.

While fire and explosions are the third most common cause of fatal work injuries in the industry, historically, hand and finger injuries make up nearly 50 percent of all incidents. At times that number is closer to 80 percent of all recordable incidents. Having the proper hand and body protection is of extreme importance to minimize injuries and fatalities. For protection against the risk of cut, impact, chemical splash, fire, repetitive movements, and other hazards in the oil & gas industry, Ansell provides a wide range of best-in-class solutions.

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High visibility, waterproof, impact-absorbing, chemical resistant, high durability, high dexterity and better grip are features of gloves used in the oil and gas industry. High performance PPE hand protection are required for medium to heavy-duty tasks. Such tasks include the use of hand tools, pipe handling, valve operation, where struck by" and "caught between objects" tend to be the source of recordable incidents. Handling and positioning of heavy equipment often result in trapped or crushed fingers and hands. Flash fires while less common, are just as serious as most result in extreme thermal injuries when fire resistant body protection is not worn. Despite the efforts by oil and gas companies, the industry statistic indicates that number of hand and finger injuries are increasing year over year. Ansell's extensive portfolio of hand and body protection ensures the safety of oil & gas workers and the products they handle.

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Whether in upstream, midstream, or downstream where high risk activities are performed daily during exploration, construction, drilling, production, transportation and refinining, work is often done in extreme environments and hands may easily be exposed to hazards of crush and pinch impacts. High performance PPE hand protection is required for medium to heavy duty tasks including the use of hand tools, pipe handling, valve operation or positioning of heavy equipment. Effective protection of knuckles, fingers and thumbs should be achieved while maintaining maximum durability, dexterity and comfort.
Workers in the oil and gas industries face the risk of fire and explosion due to ignition of flammable vapors or gases. Flammable gases, such as well gases, vapors, and hydrogen sulfide, can be released from wells, trucks, production equipment or surface equipment such as tanks and shale shakers. Ignition sources can include static, electrical energy sources, open flames, lightning, cigarettes, cutting and welding tools, hot surfaces, and frictional heat.
Workers might be exposed to uncontrolled electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, or other sources of hazardous energy if equipment is not designed, installed, and maintained properly. Electrical current exposes workers to a serious, widespread workplace hazard. Many workers are exposed to electrical energy while completing their daily responsibilities, and many are unaware of the potential electrical hazards present in their work environment — making them more vulnerable to the danger of electrocution.

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Ansell is dedicated to being your ultimate safety solution partner. We protect workers from chemical and industrial hazards in the downstream energy industry with our hand and body protection solutions.
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