Safety is the top priority of Alaska’s oil and gas industry. Each company is committed to delivering the energy that fuels America in a safe, reliable way, while protecting its workers, the environment, and the communities where it operates. In short, safety plays a critical role in everything the industry does.
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The natural resource industry in Alaska, including oil and gas and mining, is one of the safest industries in the state, with a workplace incident rate 67% lower than other goods-producing industries.
|Safety is the most vital of oil and gas industry activities because most operations, environments, and chemicals in the industry have potential to pose serious safety and health threats to employees. Hazards could include anything from a slip and fall, to unfavorable ventilation, to a machinery accident. The culture of safety begins with the leadership of each oil and gas company. Companies provide clear and frequent communication of safety standards that are prominent at worksites, in company meetings, and on their websites. Employees are encouraged to report unsafe conditions, and are given the power and responsibility to stop a job at any time if they think it is unsafe.Best practices and lessons learned are shared through company newletters, regular safety meetings, or both.|
|Planning is essential to safety. Before new projects are undertaken, or new equipment, procedures, or personnel are employed, companies consider the risk potential and how to reduce it. Safe practices are developed and implemented for all facets of any project including:
|All oil and gas employees take mandated safety training and frequently drill safe emergency procedures. Each workday in the field and most meetings begin with a safety briefing that informs attendees of any risks they could encounter, emergency procedures, and group muster points in case of evacuation.
Continual monitoring of working conditions and risks are essential, and the industry has specialists whose sole responsibility is Health, Safety, and Environment or HSE. HSE specialists promote worksite or product safety by applying knowledge of industrial processes, mechanics, chemistry, psychology, and industrial health and safety laws. They are responsible for ensuring that all risks are identified, and have an appropriate risk management plan in place.
Workers on the North Slope must wear their safety goggles inside vehicles in case a rock hits the windshield and creates glass chips or more extensive damage.
A culture of safety isn’t just for the workplace; it’s a great principle to implement at home, too. Below are some questions for your family to review together. Depending on your answers, you may want to make some adjustments to ensure your home is safe and the perfect place to relax and enjoy time together.