SafeLand Training Documentation
The primary goal of SafeLand and any safety training program should be to keep people and the environment protected. In order for workers to mitigate hazards at the worksite they must first be knowledgeable about those hazards and how to deal with them. Often oil and gas operators use H2S and SafeLand training as certifications to act as the gatekeeper for who which contractors can or cannot get on the worksite. Many South Texas operators and oilfield contractors have mandated that their workers must get a SafeLand orientation before arriving at the wellsite. In other cases a regulatory body such as OSHA, the Texas Railroad Commission, or an insurer may be requiring training for workers to enter the well and work area. It is important, however, for companies to not just settle for the minimum safety training required but to make sure that all their workers are receiving excellent training.
Keep the Rig Running Safe
If a South Texas crew is untrained and not certified then they will need to undergo all of the required training in order to receive their SafeLand and H2S cards to show that they are ready to work at the rig. For those that have already been trained, however, there are many oil and gas workers who will lose their certification cards over time. A card may be left behind at the house in San Antonio, put in the laundry and get destroyed, or the worker could simply lose their card traveling to a far off location in South Texas. Turnover rates in the oil and gas fields can be high and when a worker leaves a job they may throw away their certification card thinking that the SafeLand card wouldn’t transfer to the new job. In these cases it becomes incumbent on the employer to find another way to prove that the worker is actually certified or else a re-certification safeland class will have to be undertaken.
Safeland Standards and Accreditation
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