Health & Safety
Safety is important to everyone and is a core value for the natural gas and oil industry. API’s members are committed to protecting the environment, and the health and safety of all who share it. They work tirelessly to improve safety practices through ongoing research, standards development, training, information sharing, and advocacy. The oil and natural gas industry is becoming an increasingly safer place to work, despite a job environment that often involves heavy equipment, hazardous materials, high temperatures and high pressure equipment. This is reflected by a declining rate of illnesses and injuries – a rate much lower than that for the private sector as a whole.
The natural gas and oil industry’s commitment to excellence in workplace safety not only protects the 10.3 million U.S. jobs supported by the industry across the country, but it also keeps surrounding communities and the environment healthy and safe. Workplace safety covers a large and varied set of procedures, conditions and environments, from personal safety, which protects the individual worker, to operational and process safety, which focuses on the equipment and procedures that keep hydrocarbons and other hazardous materials properly contained. Personal safety and process safety work hand-in-hand to ensure responsible development of natural gas and oil – providing the essential products that make modern life possible while keeping our workers and nearby communities safe.
Safety is and will always be the Industry’s primary focus, and the workers who serve on the frontlines of our operations play an essential role in ensuring safe work practices and preventing workplace incidents. Each worker at a worksite has a duty to work in a safe manner and must make safety a part of each and every task.
API’s Rules to Live By cover some of the most critical safety hazards that have caused worker loss of life within the industry. They are intended as simple, concise reminders to workers and supervisors of important safety guidelines and what steps can be taken to mitigate certain hazards.
石油和天然气行业支持10.3毫升lion U.S. jobs and nearly 8 percent of the U.S. economy. Therefore, it is critical that oil and natural gas companies are aware of and plan for the potential threats that could directly or indirectly impact their employees and operations.
The industry has taken great strides to enhance the safety of its exploration and drilling operations, ensuring the safe and environmentally responsible exploration and production of natural gas, crude oil, and associated liquids on lands administered by state and federal authorities, including production via the use of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling in unconventional plays.
Pipeline, rail and marine safety.
Beneath America's cities and rural areas lies a complex network of pipelines, wires, conduits and cables. Some are buried only a few feet - or less - below the surface. Hitting these lines can damage them, disrupting service, resulting in costly repairs and possibly fines and even endangering lives. A federally-mandated national "Call Before You Dig" number, 811 was created to help protect you from unintentionally hitting underground utility lines while working on digging projects.
In coordination with the rail industry, API created a safety awareness course for first responders.
- First Responder Training
- Oil Spill Prevention and Response
- Emergency Response
Designing, installing, and maintaining an effective fire protection system is critical, and the guidance in API’s Fire Protection Standards give valuable information to achieve this objective.
Ensuring employees are safe means the workplace needs to be safe, and the right processes and procedures are utilized to complete critical tasks. API has a suite of standards to offer valuable occupational safety guidance.
API member companies are committed to conducting business in a manner that protects the safety and health of their employees, others involved in their operations, customers, and the public. Process safety is part of safety management and focuses on the concerns of major hazards impacting, safety, environmental damage and business losses. The goal of process safety management is to develop plant systems and procedures to prevent unwanted releases that may ignite and cause toxic impacts, local fires or explosions.
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The natural gas and oil industry is committed to protecting the health and safety of our employees, our contractors, and the people of the communities in which we operate. Natural gas is helping to improve the health of communities and environments across the U.S. by decreasing pollution levels and improving air quality, and internationally-recognized standards help ensure the safety of our workers and communities.
The members of API envision a petroleum industry that conducts and manages its operations safely and with respect for the environment and the safety of its workers and the public.