Report shows U.S. lags on oil refinery safety, recommends more attention to performance metrics

Refining oil is a process by which crude petroleum is transformed into more useful products such as gasoline. It is a dangerous process, one that results in hundreds of safety incidents annually that are reported to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). However, while oil refinery incidents like explosions, fires and fatalities have prompted fundamental improvements to safety procedures in other countries, it appears that the U.S. is not catching on quite as quickly.

U.S. refineries sustain far higher financial losses than EU counterparts

The United States sustains financial losses from refinery incidents at a rate that is three times higher than the losses sustained by its European Union counterparts, according to a 2006 report by Swiss Re, the world’s second-largest reinsurer. In 2012 Swiss Re officials reported to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board that the incident gap between U.S. refineries and others across the world had only widened since … Read more...

Oil and Gas leaders need to remain vigilant as Safety Stand Down draws to a close

The Oil and Gas sector is definitely creating jobs and increasing revenues but it’s also opening up the gates to more injuries and fatalities across North America. In fact, in Texas, it’s been reported that more oil and gas field service and drilling workers were killed on the job than in any other profession from 2007 to 2011, according to an analysis done by the Houston Chronicle. Injuries are also in abundance and range from lacerations to partial amputation of fingers and chemical burns.

That’s part of the reason why OSHA has been taking a stance and sponsoring a Safety Stand Down to promote Safety and Health in the sector. For the month of February America’s leading health and safety authority asked oil rigs in Region 6 to keep Health and Safety at oil and gas sites top of mind, especially as the industry is not showing any signs of … Read more...

Moodys report on water in mining, frontrunners to replace EPA chief suggest climate action and more on EHS This Week

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

  • Credit-negative implications for mining industry according to Moodys report. 
  • New candidates in line to become EPA chief in the wake of Lisa Jackson’s resignation.
  • Pew poll cements growing public opinion trend related to support for clean energy and alternative fuels, and more.

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Until next week, enjoy the program!

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Oil and Gas Regulatory Roundup: Top 5 Stories of the Week

With an array of oil-rich states, each with its own set of rules and regulations, there’s no shortage of oil and gas news across the nation. Here’s a roundup of the week’s top five oil and gas stories:


  1. Wyoming: If you’re working within 75 feet of a drilling site in Wyoming, you’d better be wearing fire-resistant clothing. That’s because a new rule from state legislators now requires just that. The rule, which attracted some criticism from smaller oil companies who complained about the cost of the clothing, and support from the State’s Petroleum Association, took effect last week. It is accompanied by a rule requiring shutoff devices for diesel engines on drilling rigs.
  2. Colorado: Up before Colorodo’s state legislature is a controversial proposal to approve a 500-foot setback for any new oil wells. Environmental groups and residents have been calling for an update to the existing 350-foot setback claiming

Notes from NSC, Michaels on the Health and Safety ‘bell curve’, U.S. close to reaching 2020 emissions targets, and more on EHS This Week

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

  • Notes from this week’s National Safety Council (NSC) Congress and Expo, including remarks from OSHA head Dr. David Michaels.
  • ASSE and OSHA’s work on risk in the Oil and Gas industry.
  • The U.S.’s progress to meeting 2020 emissions goals, and more.

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments at 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! 

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EU looks to strengthen oil and gas regs

It seems as though the European Union, in spite of recent economic difficulties, might be headed for a bit of a shakeup in safety laws in the Oil and Gas sector. Back in October 2011, EU energy chief Günther Oettinger published a limited proposal to boost safety requirements in the industry that is often belaguered by comparatively lax safety laws. 

The proposal has been stalled somewhat, but only as Members of European Parliament (MEPs) push to give the bill more teeth, namely by expanding its scope to consider delicate Artic ecosystems, adding ‘polluter pays’ laws, and ensuring greater oversight of the regulation’s implementation process.

If the EU does indeed move ahead with strengthened safety laws in the oil and gas sector, that’s great news for EHS professionals

Whatever safety rules the EU does implement, perhaps it should take a cue from Petrobras’ experience and consider including protections from unindentified sea … Read more...

Are you leading…or lagging? Revolutionizing safety performance in Oil and Gas

Editor’s note: This webinar is now available On Demand. Watch it anytime.

So, you’re tracking safety performance. Great. What metrics are you tracking? Are you measuring the right elements of your safety program? What are your metrics telling you? In short: are you leading, or lagging?

If you can’t answer these questions, join us for Leading and Lagging Indicators: Revolutionizing Safety Performance in Oil & Gas. Geared towards leaders in the oil and gas sector but applicable to any business that has to deal with recording, managing and tracking workplace incidents, accidents, near-misses, environmental impacts and more on a regular basis, this free 30-minute webinar explores how reimagining your approach to environment, health and safety (EHS) metrics can revolutionize organizational performance, minimize costs and curtail risk. It is slated to begin at 3 p.m. EST on Wednesday, August 15.

In the presentation, Intelex oil and gas solution specialists Stephen … Read more...

Intelex discusses Oil and Gas safety management in ISHN

As in other high-risk sectors, workplace safety is of utmost importance in the Oil and Gas industry, where the smallest of near-misses and at-risk behaviours can result in devastating consequences for frontline workers, not to mention catastrophic environmental impacts. In light of this, it’s hard to believe some oil and gas companies still rely on archaic, paper-based systems for EHS management. Yet in spite of the adoption of state-of-the-art EHS management systems by some industry leaders, paper- and spreadsheet-based systems are still in widespread use.

That said, the trend is changing and businesses are increasingly beginning to see how streamlined EHS management systems are ultimately investments with great returns that help companies navigate increasingly complex regulatory waters. Learn more about this dynamic by checking out my article “Goodbye to paper and spreadsheets” in the most recent issue of ISHN (Industrial Safety and Hygiene News). You’ll have to register … Read more...

Intelex contributes to Oil and Gas Product News

Check out the recent Intelex article, When Paper Kills: The Perils of Reactive Management, in the latest issue of Oil and Gas Product News. Sure, the title sounds a bit dramatic, but when it comes to occupational health and safety, you can’t be too serious.

The story hones in on the sometimes archaic paper and spreadsheet-based systems that some Oil and Gas companies (not to mention businesses across all sectors) use to manage environmental, health and saefty (EHS) management data, particularly on oil rigs, drills, platforms and other worksites. 

The article, through a couple of hypothetical case studies, explores the difference between reactive, paper-based EHS management systems and the proactive, streamlined alternative, and discuss how the impacts on workplace health and safety, environmental impacts, time and eficiency, and bottom line/ROI significantly vary between the two systems.

So take a look, and let us or Oil and Gas Product News know … Read more...

Mission Well Services commits to proactive safety management with Intelex

In a world of reactive management, where many companies let accidents occur instead of taking proactive measures to ensure they don’t occur, Mission Well Services is setting a new standard.

Though it has been in business for just under a year, Mission Well Services, a hydraulic fracturing company based in South Texas and serving the oil and gas industry, has already turned to Intelex Technologies to implement a comprehensive, streamlined safety management system.

Get the full story in our Press Room.

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