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2176. OIL AND GAS WELL DRILLING AND SERVICING
Priority: Economically Significant. Major status under 5 USC 801 is undetermined.
Unfunded Mandates: This action may affect State, local or tribal governments and the private sector.
Legal Authority: 29 USC 655(b); 29 USC 657
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1910.270
Legal Deadline: None
Abstract: OSHA intends to propose a standard for the oil and gas well drilling and servicing industry. In 1982, OSHA proposed a standard for the industry. OSHA believed at that time that the OSHA general industry standard did not adequately address the hazards of oil and gas well drilling and servicing and that this lack of protection contributed to a high number of deaths and injuries in the industry. No final action was taken with respect to the proposed standard and, therefore, there is still no specific OSHA standard for the oil and gas well drilling and servicing industry. OSHA intends to repropose in the near future, because changes in technology, conditions in the industry, and workforce demographics necessitate the issuance of a new proposal.
The oil and gas well drilling and servicing industry is involved in extracting underground deposits of oil and gas and in maintaining the equipment used to bring the oil and gas to the surface. In 1997, there were 85 deaths resulting from accidents in the industry, caused by such events as falling from equipment/platforms to another level, being struck or crushed by equipment, and being asphyxiated. OSHA has begun collecting information and data with respect to the industry and will soon hold stakeholder meetings to provide an early opportunity to those who may be impacted by a standard to discuss their ideas on the rulemaking.
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Government Levels Affected: None
Agency Contact: Marthe B. Kent, Acting Director, Directorate of Health
Standards Programs, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health
Administration, Room N3605, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, FP Building,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202 693-2222
Fax: 202 693-1678
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