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Ensuring safety in the field

Posted: Thursday, Oct 4th, 2012

Fire is always a risk in the production and processing of fossil fuels. The Wyoming Occupational Safety and Health Commission recently proposed amendments to its oil and gas industry safety rules that will require workers at drilling sites to wear certified flame-resistant clothing while working within 75 feet of the well bore.

The amendments also call for shutdown devices on diesel engines used on or near the rig.

On Sept. 26, the ESPC and the Wyoming State AFL-CIO submitted written comments supporting the amendments. Both organizations specifically support tying the standards for flame-resistant clothing to the latest improvements approved by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Those standards are developed by a committee of more than 7,000 volunteer industry experts. The NFPA notes committee members bring “a wide range of professional expertise” to its process of developing these standards.

The proposed rules will be the subject of a public hearing Oct. 5 in Casper.

Please visit the ESPC website for more information: www.equalitystate.org. n

Dan Neal,

Equality State Policy Center

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