NIOSH video describes hazards of manual tank gauging on oil and gas production tanks

Includes safety recommendations for employers, workers

Posted August 21, 2017

Oil and gas workers face many hazards on the job, including hazards associated with manual gauging and fluid sampling on oil and gas production tanks. Workers may be exposed to hydrocarbon gases and vapors, oxygen-deficient atmospheres, and fires and explosions when opening tank hatches to manually gauge or collect fluid samples on production tanks. These exposures can be extremely dangerous and can lead to loss of consciousness and death.

To address these dangers, the National Institute of Occupation Safety and Health (NIOSH) produced a safety video that describes steps employers and workers can take to do manual tank gauging and sampling safely. The video is available for viewing on the NIOSH YouTube channel.


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