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This document provides general background on drilling fluids and the various categories of base fluids and additives currently in use. It outlines potential health hazards associated with these substances, looks at potential areas for human exposure presented by drilling operations, and introduces risk management methods and monitoring processes aimed at reducing the risk of harmful health effects.
Many oil and gas companies have operations in extreme climates, and this work can pose a number of hazards, including extremes of temperature as well as wind and humidity. These guidelines aim to provide practical information to line management and health professionals in order to help protect and maintain health, and prevent accidents, illness and loss of life.
This guide helps oil industry managers and supervisors understand, recognize, and deal effectively with stress in the workplace. It encourages and enables a holistic approach to the management of workplace stress, with a focus on prevention. The guide is designed to complement current practice, which tends to focus more on developing employee ability to cope with stress and, when this fails, on treatment options.
This guide aims to describe the overall health impact assessment process as it is currently understood and practised.
Title Type Theme Published Download Drilling fluids and health risk management Good practice guidance People 28 Oct 2009 Food and water safety Good practice guidance People 28 Jul 2009 Health aspects of work in extreme climates Good practice guidance People 28 May 2009 Health risk assessment Good practice guidance People 28 Jul 2006 Managing workplace stress Good practice guidance People 28 Apr 2006 A guide to health impact assessments in the oil and gas industry Good practice guidance People 01 Jun 2005 HIV/AIDS management in the oil and gas industry Good practice guidance People 01 May 2005