South Texas oilfields contain a variety of hazards that San Antonio based workers will encounter. The rapid development of the Eagle Ford Shale initially caused a shortage in workforce development and the increase in injuries and fatalities that accompanies a shortage of safety training is a dire symptom of this. The SafeLand training is a response to this shortage, and due to the wide variety of hazards within the oil and gas industry in South Texas, SafeLand must cover a large amount of hazard topics. H2S sources, signs, and symptoms are mentioned as a part of the RigPass training, however, due to the expansive nature of the SafeLand curriculum, this does not lead to any kind of any H2S certification. Workers that will be going to job sites with hydrogen sulfide gas present will need to add those certifications to their oil and gas training programs.
SAN ANTONIO H2S AWARENESS AND SAFELAND COMBINATION
In San Antonio and across South Texas we are concerned with two regulatory mandates for H2S Awareness training, namely OSHA and Texas Railroad Commission Rule 36. OSHA concerns workers that may be exposed to Hydrogen Sulfide gas at the job site. Rule 36 concerns training for oil and gas workers who work at wellsites that have the capability of emitting a large amount of hydrogen sulfide.
At Eagle Ford Training San Antonio, one of our most popular requests for training includes a SafeLand orientation followed by an H2S class. This combines all of the required H2S training within the SafeLand module while fulfilling all of the requirements for a South Texas H2S awareness certification. Just let us know when you register for your SafeLand class if your workers need this additional option.
SAN ANTONIO RESPIRATOR FIT TEST
To properly use a respirator, OSHA has laid out the details for how to properly fit test a respirator for oil and gas workers. Workers in South Texas oilfields working under the presence of hydrogen sulfide gas will need to wear a respirator with supplied air or SCBA. They will need to be trained to use their particular respirator and frequently practice its use as recommended under American Petroleum Institute Recommended Practice #49 (API RP 49). This can be done on location using jobsite materials or in San Antonio using the worker’s own respirator.
FIRST AID AND CPR
Under Texas Railroad Commission Rule 36, South Texas workers in oilfields containing hydrogen sulfide should be given training in first aid and CPR. API RP 49 also recommends this training for workers on wells capable of producing hydrogen sulfide. Many parts of South Texas are capable of meeting these criteria, so it is wise to send oil and gas workers to this training in addition to H2S awareness certification.
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