Oil and Gas Well Drilling, Servicing and Storage -
This section highlights OSHA standards, directives
(instructions for compliance officers), standard interpretations (official
letters of interpretation of the standards), and national consensus standards
related to the permit- and non-permit-required confined spaces in the
Twenty-five states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have OSHA-approved
State Plans and have adopted their own standards and enforcement policies. For the most part, these States adopt standards that are
identical to Federal OSHA. However, some States have adopted different standards applicable to this topic or may have different enforcement policies.
Frequently Cited Standards
A listing of the most frequently cited standards by Federal OSHA for Oil And Gas Field Services (SIC code 138) is available.
Other Highlighted Standards
General Industry (29
1910 Subpart D, Walking-working surfaces [related
1910 Subpart E, Means of Egress
1910 Subpart G, Occupational health and environment control [related
1910.95, Occupational noise exposure. Note: In 1910.95(o) it states:
"Paragraphs (c) through (n) of this section shall not apply to employers
engaged in oil and gas well drilling and servicing operations."
1910 Subpart H, Hazardous materials [related
1910.106, Flammable and combustible liquids
1910.119, Process safety management of highly hazardous chemicals
1910.120, Hazardous waste operations and emergency response
1910 Subpart I, Personal protective equipment [related
1910 Subpart J, General environmental controls
1910 Subpart L, Fire protection [related
1910 Subpart Q, Welding, cutting, and brazing [related
1910 Subpart Z, Toxic and hazardous substances [related
Construction Industry (29 CFR 1926)
Note: These are NOT OSHA regulations. However, they do
provide guidance from their originating organizations related to worker
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/American
Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
- Z117.1 Safety Requirements for Confined
American Petroleum Institute (API)
API develops standards that identify and support proven,
sound engineering and operating practices, and safe, interchangeable equipment
and materials, for use in the petroleum industry. API is an accredited
Standards Developing Organization that meets the due process requirements of
the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
- API 650, Welded Tanks for Oil Storage, 11th Edition, Addendum 2, November, 2009.
- API 653, Tank Inspection, Repair, Alteration, and Reconstruction, 4th Edition, Addendum 1, August 2010.
- API 2015, Requirements for Safe Entry and Cleaning of Petroleum Storage Tanks, Sixth Edition, August 2001
National Fire Protection Association
- 326, Standard for the Safeguarding of Tanks and Containers for
Entry, Cleaning, or Repair. (2005) Edition.
Steel Tank Institute
- SP001, 4th Edition, July 2006, "Standard for the Inspection of Aboveground Storage Tanks"
- SP031, 4th Edition, November 2008, "Standard for Repair of Shop Fabricated Aboveground Tanks for Storage of Combustible & Flammable Liquids"
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