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Oilfield PPE Requirements

Graham Marshall - Thursday, September 29, 2011
In the United States, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) PPE standards apply to all oil-field work.

So what PPE should the typical oilfield worker be wearing for standard duties?

In the picture above, you'll notice a range of "best practice"  PPE behaviours, including:

  • Working wearing  eye protection meeting ANSI Z87.1;
  • Safety boots being worn meeting ANSI Z41.1 for safety footwear;
  • Hard hat being worn in compliance with ANSI Z89.1 for industrial head protection;
  • ANSI/ASA S12.6-2008 for hearing protection;
  • Worker wearing Fire Retardant Clothing (FRC) which meets the performance requirements set out in NFPA 70E (2009); and
  • Although there is no ANSI standard for hand protection, the worker is wearing gloves.


In addition, you'll notice that the worker is using good practice by wearing a four-way personal gas monitor (shown on front of shirt in close proximity to the "breathing zone") as well as company identification (on clip on belt).

Lastly, you should notice that the worker's shirt is tucked into trousers and sleaves are rolled down with cuffs fully-buttoned (to both enhance fire protection as well as minimize entanglement risk if working with rotating equipment).

The aim of all operators and contractors working in the oil patch should be to meet or exceed the standard for PPE compliance shown above.

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