To Reduce Oil and Gas Extraction Hazards, Turn to Engineering Controls

The oil and gas extraction industry is vital to our nation’s economy, but the work can be extremely hazardous. Vehicle incidents and contact with objects and equipment are the major causes of occupational fatalities in this industry. Drilling contractors and servicing contractors have the highest rates of days-away-from-work cases in this industry, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
When hazards cannot be eliminated or substitutions made, the most preferable way to control the hazard is with an engineering control. Engineering controls can take many different forms, including ventilation, lifting assist devices, automation of operations, enclosures, and selection of improved materials. With significant and ongoing effort by workers and supervisors, suitable administrative controls and personal protective equipment can also help to control hazards.

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: September 22, 2022
: 2:00PM ET - 1:00PM CT - 11:00AM PT


Barbara Alexander has worked for NIOSH for 8 years in the Engineering and Physical Hazards branch. She has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Environmental and Industrial Hygiene, and she is a Professional Engineer and Certified Industrial Hygienist. Before coming to NIOSH, she worked in the nuclear industry and in the chemical industry. At NIOSH, she has been involved in the responses to Ebola and to COVID-19. Her projects have included measuring exposures and developing engineering controls for the oil and gas extraction industry, developing and testing dry decontamination systems for firefighters and for mass casualty events, investigating exposures to peracetic acid, and researching health and safety for landscapers and grounds management professionals. She has authored seven articles on her NIOSH research in the peer-reviewed literature and has presented her research at multiple national conferences.


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