Real-Time (Direct Read) and Field Portable Instruments for Real-World Solutions in the Oil and Gas Industry: Instrument Selection and Applications for Worker Protection

Tuesday, May 24 | 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM


Oil and Gas Industry, Real-Time Detection Systems, Sensor Technologies

Arranger: J. Snawder, CDC/NIOSH, Cincinnati, OH. Moderator: K. Murray, BP America, Houston, TX. Monitors: R. Brauch, Casella CEL Inc., Williamsville, NY; L. Anderson, Golder Associates, Wexford, PA.

Chemical detection and exposure assessment are a cornerstone of occupational safety and health. Direct reading and field portable instruments are used throughout the oil and gas industry to alert workers to unsafe atmospheres, to determine average exposures over time, identify hazard sources and patterns of individual worker exposures. Because of their immediate feedback and increasing ease of use, these methods are valuable tools to ensure worker safety and health.

Overview of Instruments and Applications for Real-Time Monitoring by NIOSH for Field Studies and Exposure Assessment Research J. Snawder, CDC/NIOSH, Cincinnati, OH.

Using Direct-Reading Instruments for Determining Compliance with OSHA Requirements T. Pearce, USDOL/OSHA, Edmond, OK.

My Four-Gas Monitoring Program Is My Industrial Hygiene Program M. Ndonga, Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., Denver, CO.

Determination of Brief, Transient Hydrocarbon Exposures During Crude Oil Tank Gauging P. Smith, USDOL/OSHA, Sandy, UT.

Applications for Direct-Reading Instruments at an Oil Refinery P. Owens, Shell Oil Company, Martinez, CA.

Use of Real-Time Respirable Dust Monitoring and Silica Measurement in the Field to Assess Efficacy of Dust Controls E. Cauda and A. Cecala, CDC/NIOSH, Pittsburgh, PA.