This eTool is not a new standard or regulation, and creates no new legal obligations. The eTool is advisory in
nature, informational in content, and is intended to assist employers in providing a safe and healthful workplace
through effective prevention programs adapted to the needs of each place of employment.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act requires employers to comply with hazard-specific safety and health
standards. In addition, employers must provide their employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards likely
to cause death or serious physical harm under Section 5(a)(1), the General Duty Clause of the Act. Employers can be
cited for violating the General Duty Clause if there is a recognized hazard and they do not take steps to prevent or
abate the hazard. However, failure to implement these guidelines is not, in itself, a violation of the General Duty
Clause. Citations can only be based on standards, regulations, and the General Duty Clause.
Oil and Gas eTool Industry Disclaimer:
Although the etool was developed as a joint project with the industry, it is not to be construed as an
industry consensus standard as indicated in the following disclaimer.
"Nothing contained herein shall be construed to establish an industry-accepted standard of drilling or energy servicing safe operating procedures. No suggested method, practice, precaution or program set forth in this guide should be relied upon to establish a legal standard of conduct or a legal duty, the violation of which would constitute culpability of any degree in any legal
Information and/or data provided is for informational assistance only and should not be utilized or considered as a comprehensive safety and health program or accepted industry standard."