MonDak Steps Network
The National Service, Transmission, Exploration & Production Safety (STEPS) Network is an all-volunteer organization which was founded in 2003 in South Texas by OSHA and Industry in an attempt to reduce injuries and fatalities in that region. The effort was successful, and STEPS has continued to grow, currently including seventeen independent networks serving fifteen producing states. Eight of the networks have signed formal alliances with OSHA.
To learn more about STPS go to their website at: www.nationalstepsnetwork.org/
The National STEPS Network includes Operators and Contractors in the Oil and Gas Exploration, Production and Product Transmission industry as equally valued members in partnership with OSHA, API, AESC, IADC, IPAA, other trade associations, and educators across the country. The Network’s goal is to serve all producing regions of the United States and to eventually share our philosophy internationally.
MonDaks Safety Network meets Every SECOND Thursday of each month. Please visit our Calendar for information regarding our Monthly Meetings and Upcoming Events.
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To get to the Power Fuels Facility:
- Coming from Williston on 85 S (or 2nd Ave SW)
- Turn left on 9th St SW.
- Next you will turn left on Park Ave West. 906 Park Ave West is on the right.
IMPORTANT 2015 POSTS
The MonDaks Hydrocarbons Hazard Alert
Tank Gauging Hazard Alert
Final Content Approved 04/22/15
1. Tank Hazard Alert: Gauging, Thieving, Fluid Handling
How to Recognize and Avoid Hazards
2. Opening message:
Opening thief hatches of storage tanks can lead to the rapid release of high concentrations of hydrocarbon gases and vapors. Those may result in very low oxygen levels and toxic and flammable conditions around and over the hatch. Recent reports have documented fires or explosions, and described workers experiencing dizziness, fainting, headache, nausea, and, in some cases, death while gauging tanks, collecting samples, or transferring fluids. Tank gauging, thieving, and fluid handling can be performed safely with proper precautions,
3. Tank 1: Hazards that can be encountered by workers
- Oxygen Displacement/Deficiency (gauge on empty/yellow background)
- Fires/Explosions (fire placard)
- Chemical Toxicity (exclamation mark placard)
- Hydrocarbon Vapors
- Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S)
4. Tank 2: Potential Effects of Exposure
- Chronic illness
- Burns from flash fires
- Irregular heartbeat
- Irregular breathing
- Respiratory irritation
- Fatigue or exhaustion
- Nausea, upset stomach
- Eye irritation
5. Tank 3: Employers:
- Must conduct exposure and hazard assessments at worksites to determine needs for:
- Engineering controls
- Respiratory protection
- Monitoring device such as:
- Multi-gas meter
- Other direct-reading toxic gas meter (benzene)
- Must provide training to workers:
- Hazard Communication
- Lone Worker Policy
- Proper use of PPE and respiratory protection
- Types, use, and limits of respiratory protection equipment as appropriate
- Recognizing ignition sources
- Tank gauging work practices/procedures
- Emergency Response Plan
- Procedures for alarm response and site re-entry
- Use and limits of toxic gas or multi-gas meter(s) for O2, H2S, LEL, and CO
- Should implement engineering controls such as:
- Remote Gauging
- Closed Loop Systems
- Auto Gauging
- Sight Glasses/Gauges
- Remote Venting
- Verify sub-contractors are following work practices/procedures
6. Tank 4: Use proper PPE to protect:
- Eyes, Ears and Face
- Respiratory Tract
- Legs and Feet
7. Tank 5: Workers:
Your employer has established safety procedures for your protection including a Hazard
Assessment and Work Practices/Procedures
- Follow your employer’s Hazard Assessment and established Work Practices/Procedures
- Use toxic- or multi-gas meter provided by your employer as per your training
- Heed all alarms
- Stop flow into tanks prior to gauging when possible
- Minimize leaning over open hatches – Stand away/upwind/crosswind when possible
- Inversion/high humidity/ lack of wind could increase danger
- Follow your employer’s “lone worker” policy
- Allow tanks to ventilate after opening thief hatches
- Evacuate unsafe work areas and report immediately
- Know the limits of your respiratory protection as provided during employer training
- Immediately report any health symptoms
- Wear PPE as required/provided
- Attend Hazard Communication Training
- Be aware of potential ignition sources:
- Cell phones
- Sparks from tools or metal objects
- Open flames
- Non-approved electrical equipment/devices
- Ensure proper grounding/bonding
- If you are not sure, STOP the job and ask!
- Everyone has the right to STOP work that is unsafe.
8. Closing statement:
- OUR LIFE can change in a SINGLE BREATH or with ONE SPARK.
9. Document logos
- National Steps
Through the OSHA National Steps Alliance, this Tank Gauging Hazard Alert is for informational purposes only. It does not necessarily reflect the official views of OSHA or the U.S. Department of Labor. March, 2015.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace and workers have rights. OSHA can help answer questions or concerns from employers and workers. OSHAs On-site Consultation Program (www.osha.gov/consultation) offers free and confidential advice
to small and medium-sized businesses, with priority given to high-hazard worksites. For more information, contact your regional or area OSHA office (www.osha.gov/html/RAmap.html), call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742), or visit www.osha.gov.
Spike in Oil Field Deaths Come as Crude Oil Prices Fall
In March of 2015 the Wall Street Journal reported that the impact on oil worker safety is on the rise as crude oil prices plummet. In their article, Oil Deaths Rise as Bakken Boom Fades, an alarming number of deaths in North Dakota causes pause as “at least eight workers have died since October 2014 in North Dakota’s oil fields, more than in the preceding 12 months combined”.
In a two-week period in January, two workers and the owner of a small oil-field services company died in three separate accidents. One incident included a fire and another involved, most likely, the inhalation of poisonous chemicals. Safety officials also said there had been an unusual number of basic safety errors, including cases in which workers brought generators, space heaters, or other items that could spark fires into enclosed spaces which contained flammable vapors.
The article points to a few key reasons for possible reasons for the increase in fatal accidents across the Bakken oil fields: costing cutting measures, return to basic safety errors, inexperienced workers, and the reduction in labor..To read the full article go here: www.wsj.com/articles/oil-deaths-rise-as-bakken-boom-fades-1426187062