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Drilling It Safely

HSE&T Corner


The use of chemicals is fundamental to all economies, including the oil and gas drilling industry. Hazardous chemicals have the potential to cause injury to employees who work with and around them and, in a worst-case scenario, exposure to hazardous chemicals can be fatal. For example, in 2007, an employee died from an apparent chemical overexposure while working on a drilling rig. When the employee began showing signs of dizziness, the employee was sent to the doghouse while the crew continued to run more than 25 stands of pipe in the hole.

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Oil & Gas UK report: Offshore safety performance improved over past year


There have been further improvements in the management of major safety hazards offshore, according to Oil & Gas UK’s Health & Safety 2015 Report published today. Based on incidents reported to the Health and Safety Executive for April 2014 to March 2015 and shared with the trade body; the total number of hydrocarbon releases - oil and gas leaks - has gone down and is at its lowest level ever.

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IADC launches WellSharp well control training, assessment program


IADC unveiled WellSharp, the drilling industry’s new well control training and assessment program, during OTC in Houston on 6 May. A collaborative, industrywide, industry-led effort to redefine well control training produced WellSharp, which emphasizes rigorous training for every person with well control responsibilities, whether office-based or rig-based.

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