Hydrocarbon Exposures During Tank Gauging and Sampling Operations
There has been recent concern about sudden exposures to high concentrations of volatile hydrocarbons and other atmospheric hazards associated with Bakken crude oil production and processing. The exposures have led to serious health effects including death.
OSHA's evaluation of worker exposures to hazards during tank gauging operations associated with oil and gas extraction flowback and production operations - Todd Jordan, MSPH, CIH, Director, USDOL/OSHA Health Response Team
Tank Gauging Hazard Alert Presentation - Prepared by National STEPS, NIOSH, OSHA, and Oil & Gas Industry Representatives
The following video describes the hazards associated with manual gauging and fluid sampling on oil and gas production tanks and describes steps that employers and workers can take to do this work safely:
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