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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.

The information contained in these Rules to Live By is pulled largely from API’s E&P Onshore Operations Safety Handbook, API Recommended Practice 54 – Recommended Practice for Occupational Safety for Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Servicing Operations, and API Recommended Practice 74 - Recommended Practice for Occupational Safety for Onshore Oil and Gas Production Operations. It is intended to reinforce worker safety practices and promote a safe work place for oil and gas workers. API’s Rules to Live By are not intended to replace or supersede existing regulations, standards or requirements set forth by a company or regulator.


Stop Work Authority
Job Safety Check List
Hazard Recognition and Communication
Hot Work Permiting
Driving Safety
Confined Space Entry
Trenching and Excavation

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