Workplace hazards are common. However, the risks are always high for oil and gas industry workers. Numbers say that the oil and gas industry poses the highest risk of injuries and fatalities than any other industry.
The workers put their life at stake and work persistently to fuel this industry, and hence, it is the responsibility of the organizations to ensure worker safety.
Here are a few steps the organizations should take to create a safe work environment for their employees.
- Collaborate with local emergency response community
Various emergency response organizations work at the local and state level that help organizations tackle workplace emergencies. Backed by health and safety professionals, these organizations use the latest and most effective resources to handle an emergency of any magnitude.
Collaborate with these local bodies to ensure a higher level of safety for your workers.
- Create a robust safety program
Create a safety program for your workers that unites them and render a personal approach to it. Encourage communication, mutual respect, and understanding between the workers.
By fostering personal connections, you will create a positive work environment. It will have a positive impact during emergencies because the workers will readily help each other at the time of emergency.
- Educate the workers about the work
Your workers should know every detail about their work to work safely. Hence, educate them about their roles, worksite, potential hazards, and the safety precautions they need to take.
If you introduce any change in the worksite, ensure to inform all the workers about the same. Repeat the safety protocols during shift change.
- Stay proactive on machine maintenance
The oil and gas industry heavily relies on machines. No organization can work even for a single day without machinery. Moreover, keeping machines working in their top form is of utmost importance to ensure worker safety at the worksite. Hence, stay on top of the game with proactive machine maintenance.
Conduct regular machine maintenance checks to prevent premature breakdown, downtime, and accidents. Stick to OSHA maintenance guidelines.
- Don’t ignore mental health of workers
While organizations pay a great deal of attention to safeguard the physical health of their workers, mental health is always overlooked.
Organizations should take a 360-degree approach and put up plans to foster the physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing of their employees.
Create a collaborative work environment fed by good communication, trust, and empathy between the workers. It will make it easier for them to work peacefully, ask for help, seek advice, follow the guidelines, and admit their mistakes.
- Keep the work site clutter-free
Clutter lying everywhere on the worksite can lead to falls, leading to severe injuries. Get rid of all the clutter and keep the worksite and pathways clean at all times.
Post clear signages to direct the employees to safety and emergency equipment.
- Keep the worksite organized
An organized worksite ensures a better workflow. Color-code the materials in the worksite to make it easy for your employees to find them. Share the important information, warnings, and techniques with the employees through strategic labeling techniques.
Cross-check all the signage when the project or crew changes. Before commencing a new project or allowing the new shift to take over, assess all the labels and signs to ensure they are placed in the right areas.
Before starting a new project, communicate all the procedures and hazards to all the workers, new and old.
Oil and petroleum industry accidents do great damage to the environment and humans. Exposure to oil spill accidents can lead to severe health issues. Hence, it is necessary to consider the safety of employees working in this industry.
Re-evaluate your safety program and use these tips to optimize it further.