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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.
The purpose of this guide is to provide, in a simple and accessible format, basic guidance on risk assessment and risk management in conflict settings that oil and gas companies might face.
Title Type Theme Published Download Host country security assessment guide Good practice guidance People 01 Jan 2012 Host government engagement strategy tool Good practice guidance People 01 Jan 2012 Local content: case studies Case study People 01 Oct 2011 Substance misuse Good practice guidance People 28 Feb 2011 Managing tuberculosis Good practice guidance People 28 Jul 2010 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 Guide to operating in areas of conflict for the oil and gas industry Good practice guidance People 28 Mar 2008 Health risk assessment Good practice guidance People 28 Jul 2006