Sensor Sensibility: Choosing the Correct Sensor for the Job


In many scenarios, 15 seconds is not a significant amount of time; however, in the oil and gas industry, this small interval can mean the difference between life, health hazards and even death for onsite workers. In such events, having equipment that’s reliable and designed to quickly alert workers of the presence of hazardous gas is crucial for protection and an effective evacuation, if necessary. Through history, the benefits of sensor technology have rarely received the standalone praise they deserve, oftentimes packaged into the advantages afforded by safety solutions. Yet the faster and more intelligent sensor speeds of today allow workers to put time back on their side, and ensure that those 15 second intervals are not taken for granted. To provide this protection to their workers, companies must fully understand the capabilities of their detection device suite in order to safeguard against their site’s specific challenges.
[Read more…]

Silica Sand About to Take Center Stage in Oil and Gas


For those in the oil and gas industry, 2015 might be a year they wish to forget – and for good reason. The price of oil steadily declined over the previous year, a trend that is expected to continue into 2016 due to a surplus of oil caused by increased production overseas. It’s not all bad though.
 
Despite analysts’ low forecasts, the oil and gas industry is still taking positive steps forward. One of those steps is improving worker safety at the wellsite, which I expect will be a major focus of many oil and gas companies in the coming year.
[Read more…]

Oil and Gas Companies Should Double Down on Employee Safety and Retention


Oil and gas executives are grappling with the most challenging business environment in recent memory. With the plunge in oil prices and diminished cash flows, some exploration and production companies are limiting capital expenditures and reducing payroll, as they prepare for what could be a sustained downturn. While such course corrections are necessary to protect the bottom line, reducing a company’s commitment to safety and the well-being of its workforce should not become an unintended consequence. Prudent safety practices and talent retention efforts can go a long way toward easing the blow of challenging conditions.
[Read more…]

Pipeline Safety: First, Last and Always


In an October 2013 article, CBC News reported that by 2011, safety-related pipeline incidents, ranging from fires to spills, increased from 45 total incidents in 2000 to 142 in 2011. Of equal importance to the number of incidents being reported is the headlines they are making. For example, in April 2014, a Canadian crude oil and natural gas company spilled 70,000 litres of oil and water near Slave Lake, Alberta. Two years earlier, another oil company dumped 461,000 litres of oil into the Red Deer River — which came on the heels of a spill of 4.5 million litres by the same company near Little Buffalo in 2011. And then there was the spill by a Canadian-owned pipeline that dumped more than 3 million litres of oil into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan in 2010.
[Read more…]