Workers in oil and gas sites are always at higher risk of injuries. Since these locations are more prone to inflammable chemicals and gaseous material, there’s a high risk of fires and other damages. Operations like welding, cutting, and grinding create high risks of fire and explosion, making the site less safe for workers.
Further, explosion and fire in worksites can be dangerous and can result in minor injuries to fatal accidents. However, preventive steps and protective measures can minimize these injuries.
If you want to ensure your worker’s safety and want to create a safer environment for your employees, here are some fire prevention tips which to prevent hot-work incidents:
Safety Audit And Inspection:
Routine inspection and audit of the working area is a good way to verify if the area is safe or not. An up to date checking of equipment should be done. The equipment verification should include checking of fire extinguisher, tanks, explosion protection equipment, gas pipeline, valves, etc. Also, make the report of items which need maintenance and replacement.
Train Your Workers:
Employees should be aware of hazards. Plus they should be equipped with the knowledge of types of personal protective equipment they are working on. The oil and gas industry uses very complex equipment, which a worker may not be familiar with. So train them properly on how to use equipment to help them use effectively. Also, make them learn the usage of fire extinguisher to deal with hazardous situations.
Install The Alert System:
Due to the high risk of fire explosion in fire and gas industries, any fire alert, at the time of danger, can save many lives. A fire alert or detection system is designed to sense smoke, excessive heat or fire, therefore using them can be of great help. Select a well-designed fire alarm depending upon your building’s needs. Ensure that it should have proper alarming device to help employees get warned on time.
Maintenance And Testing:
The safety equipment should be in proper working condition. Things like sitting and fixtures of doors, windows, emergency exit, stairs, fire detection alarm alert, etc. should be regularly maintained to eliminate the risk of any fire accident. Periodic servicing of all these equipment is a must to prevent machines from getting overheating and friction sparks.
Conduct the fire drills at least twice a year. Gather all employees at one spot, assign duties to them and select one captain among to lead the drill. Explain the whole procedure to the team, as by doing so they will become familiar with the industry
With all the above mention tips ensure that workers who are doing work in such sites have safety clothes, gloves, and masks with them.
Other Preventive Measures Which One Must Take Care At A Personal Level Are:
- Avoid use of cigarette in the workplace.
- Avoid negligence while on work.
- Use fire blankets to protect nearby objects from spark.
- Remove all combustible substance from an area of the hot workplace.
- Measure harmful gases with detection equipment.
- The emergency plan needs to be updated from time to time.
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