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Oilfields and drill sites can be dangerous places to work and if you are seeking a career in the oil industry you will most likely need training in several specific safety areas to qualify for employment. From hazardous materials and heavy equipment to confined spaces and fires an oilfield presents many occupational hazards that workers need to be trained for. From entry level roughnecks and leasehands to rig managers and drillers everyone on a land based oil rig will need some safety training to be prepared for accidents and know the procedures for dealing with emergencies. Oilfield safety training include but are not limited to H2S (hydrogen sulfide), confined space, lockout/tagout, basic fire safety and basic rig safety. Because of the nature of the work and materials used on an oil rig it is imperative that anyone working on the rig have basic safety training to deal with slips, falls, hazardous materials, fire, spill prevention and response and CPR. No matter how well-built and managed an oil rig is there is always the chance an accident can occur and when you're dealing with heavy equipment and machinery, potentially hazardous materials and flammable liquids the danger presents even greater risk. Some oilfields and land based rigs will have people employed whose sole responsibility is to monitor safety but these people can't be everywhere at once so it is helpful that anyone seeking employment on an oil rig has basic training in several areas to deal with the more common safety hazards. Most basic safety training includes how to respond in case of an emergency including operation of fire extinguishers, CPR and fall protection training. Knowing how to respond when a co-worker falls or if a hazardous material is spilled is something everyone on an oil rig needs to be prepared for and most oil companies will require employees to be certified in basic training courses before they can begin work on a rig. By design oil rigs are well known for confined spaces and this is another area that has specific safety training. Recognizing hazards that exist in confined spaces as well as structures high off the ground with narrow walkways and heavy equipment that is in motion is essential to ensuring a safe work environment. Without proper safety training in confined spaces you could be a liability to your co-workers and the owners and operators of a land based oil rig. Check with the oil company you are applying with and find out in advance what safety training is required for the position you are interested in.
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