Safety Concerns in the Oil and Gas Industry

Working in the oil and gas industry involves navigating a working environment that presents some considerable dangers. Here are some of the most common occupational hazards in oil and gas industry settings.

Inhalation of Noxious Materials

Breathing in oil and gas fumes may have acute or long lasting health consequences. Employers should require employees to wear masks when performing certain activities. Also, written disclosures about the hazards of gas fumes could help protect companies for liability based on failure to warn.

Eye Injury

Working with almost any type of liquid besides water can put workers at risk of eye injury, and this is particularly true of oil and gas. Clear policies about when workers need eye protection can offset the risk of serious injury.


Working in oil and gas fields may involve performing tasks on towers. A fall from a tower could result in catastrophic or fatal injury. Workers need to exercise situational awareness when working on any elevated structure.

Chemical Burns

Direct exposure of unrefined oil or gas to a person’s skin may cause serious harm. Personal protective equipment such as gloves can help prevent chemical burns.

Employers need to be conscientious about training workers and enforcing policies aimed at accident prevention and general workplace safety. A comprehensive risk management plan can keep workers safe and mitigate liability issues.