New MSHA Mine Safety Rule, Nurses Tackle Workplace Violence and More!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • $2.19 Million Federal Grant Goes to Pennsylvania for Pipeline Safety
  • MSHA Proposes New Mine Safety Rule
  • Explosion at Alberta Oilsands Processing Site
  • Nurses fight back against workplace violence and bullying

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • MSHA Proposed Proximity Detection Rule. Click here
  • 2015 State Base Pipeline Safety Grant Program.Click here
  • Nurses fight back against workplace violence and bullying. Click here
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Latest Oil Spill Increases Scrutiny on Pipeline Safety & Compliance

The pipeline spill in Alberta, Canada last month has reignited many conversations about pipeline safety and regulation for the oil and gas industry. These conversations are coming at a critical time for the industry – perhaps even a turning point.

As many are well aware, it is becoming more and more difficult for pipeline projects to achieve the necessary approvals to get off the ground, and the negative press surrounding spills such as this one is at the heart of several groups’ objections.

Keystone Has Become a Key Issue

The stand-out example is of course the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline, which has been delayed for more than six years. Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, has admitted that he is not hopeful that U.S. President Obama will approve the pipeline.

With rumors that President Obama will soon announce his decision on Keystone, this most recent pipeline spill in Canada’s oilsands is … Read more...

Collecting Data from the Field? Follow this Formula for Success!

A drill operator at an oil rig is looking tired and “out of it.” He’s yawning, his movements are slow, and he doesn’t appear to be paying much attention to detail.

Immediately, the supervisor relieves the drill operator of his duties and reassigns the task. He quickly enters the work observation in his iPad. His device has an offline mode that will sync up with his safety management system as soon as he has internet access again.

Back at the office, the safety manager’s dashboard updates in real time.

Sounds like a pipe dream? The technology exists now – the only barrier is getting end users to adopt it. The key to adoption is simplicity.

“If you want people to use it, you have to make it simple. As simple as possible,” a senior oil and gas safety VP said to me recently. With over 30 years in the industry, … Read more...

Low Oil Prices Create Opportunity for Forward-Thinking Upstream Companies

The oil industry has seen many booms and busts in its history, and it’s common in times of low oil prices for companies to face significant pressure to cut spending.  This can lead to production slowdowns, decommissioned rigs, layoffs and other cuts with similar far-reaching consequences. It can even lead to unsafe working conditions if the HSE budget also ends up on the chopping block.

Although commodity prices may be beyond your control, periods of downturn can create opportunities for companies to invest in their future by acting strategically now. Your safety program is one of the best places to invest your time and resources during this critical juncture, and we’re here to tell you why.

Get Ahead While You Can!

Currently, companies in the upstream oil industry are facing many of the same challenges and are being limited by many of the same constraints. This may sound comforting, but … Read more...

The 6 Best Oil & Gas Websites

Want to be an expert in your (oil)field? Looking to impress your boss with your industry knowledge? How about keeping two steps ahead of pending regulatory updates?

To help you stay up to date on all the latest news, trends and analysis within your industry, we’ve compiled six of our favorite online resources for the informed Oil & Gas professional. All these websites have free and timely information that you can access in a variety of ways – follow ‘em on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn, subscribe to a few of these great e-newsletters and prepare to wow your coworkers with your newfound expertise!

Breaking Energy

Social media: Twitter, Facebook

Common topics: Regulation, industry deals, technology and career opportunities.

Breaking Energy is a leading free online source of energy information, providing news, analysis and thought leadership on important energy market trends. Their daily “Energy News Roundup” newsletter is a terrific … Read more...

US Refinery Workers Reach Tentative Deal, FMCSA Launches Mobile App, Poison Prevention Week and More!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • Poison Prevention Week: Poison Prevention in the Workplace
  • FMCSA Releases Mobile App to Identify Safety Data for Truck and Business Companies
  • US Refinery Workers Reach Tentative Deal
  • New MHCC Report on Psychological Health and Safety

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • U.S. Refinery Workers Reach Tentative Deal. Click here
  • FMCSA Announces New Smartphone App to provide Safety Data . Click here.
  • OSHA Chemical Hazard Communication. Click here
  • Mental Health Commission of Canada Report on Psychological Health
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U.S. Oil Refinery Workers Striking for Safety

The U.S. oil worker strike has entered its second month with just under 7,000 refinery workers now on the picket lines. They come from 15 plants across seven states and are represented by the United Steelworkers (USW) Union, which represents more than 30,000 American oil workers in total.

The strike, which was first called by the USW on January 31 and began on February 1, has evolved into the largest refinery strike in over 35 years. The last strike of this size took place in 1980, when the work stoppage lasted three months. Today, the 15 plants currently striking include 12 refineries that represent about one fifth of the nation’s refining capacity.

Safety Concerns a Key Issue

One of the central focuses of this strike has been the argument that oil companies are perceived by their employees to be prioritizing profits over worker safety. Some of the employees’ biggest concerns … Read more...

AOPL Releases New Pipeline Safety Statistics & Strategies

This month the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) released their 2015 annual report on liquid pipeline safety in the United States, its reported numbers now entering a debate that has been making headlines in recent months. At the heart of the debate is this question: how safe are our pipelines?

Recent Pipeline Leaks Gain Attention

In the U.S., two major pipeline leaks in January 2015 have shone a spotlight on pipeline safety concerns, a topic that is already near the forefront of public consciousness as the Keystone XL oil pipeline continues to dominate the news.

The North Dakota pipeline spill on January 6 leaked approximately 3 million gallons of brine, which is a salty and toxic byproduct of oil and natural gas production. The spill polluted two creeks and saltwater contamination reached the Missouri River; the full environmental impact is still unknown.

Eleven days later, a Montana oil pipeline … Read more...

New Year, New Rules: Oil and Gas Transportation Industry Faces New Safety Protocols, Increased Scrutiny

Many recent conversations about the North American oil and gas industry have been preoccupied with slumping prices and the impact on the stock market. Yet the oil and gas industry is also facing a year of increased public scrutiny and new safety requirements, particularly in the midstream sector.

U.S. and Canada Reviewing Crude Oil / Rail Safety Standards

The tragic 2013 Lac-Mégantic train derailment and other recent rail accidents have led both Transport Canada and the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to take a closer look at rail safety standards, particularly as they relate to the transportation of crude oil. Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt met with U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on December 18, 2014 to discuss aligning their regulatory approaches in the year ahead.

“Safety is a shared responsibility,” said Foxx at the time. “While we have different regulatory processes, we share a goal of ensuring the safety … Read more...

Webinar: Fast Tracking API Q2 Compliance

If you work in the Oil and Gas industry, the time to ensure that you are API Q2 compliant is quickly running out. Any service organization wishing to continue working with major oil producers must comply with the new standard. With the first API Q2 audits planned for early 2014, it’s imperative that you understand the implications to your organization, supply chain and profit margins.

Learn how Intelex’s pro-active EHSQ management software can help ensure you comply with the new API Q2 standards in this FREE 30 minute webinar: Fast Tracking API Q2 Compliance. Hosted by Intelex Oil & Gas Solution Specialists, Ethan Fleming-Cushing and Gurpreet Lalwani, this webinar will help you to:

  • Proactively move towards API Q2 compliance.
  • Reduce risks through contingency planning and service quality plans.
  • Effectively manage organizational and project changes.
  • Evaluate your supply chain through real-time graphical scorecards and KPIs.

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