Shaping Smarter Regulations

Protect fracking workers from volatile hydrocarbons

OSHA should adopt a regulation to protect fracking workers who are exposed to volatile hydrocarbons and other toxic substances during flowback operations. OSHA’s existing standards are ineffective at protecting oil and gas extraction workers from this hazard. OSHA should issue a regulation based on NIOSH's recommendations for fracking operations. The regulation should include requirements for employers to develop alternative tank gauging procedures, to monitor workers' exposure to volatile hydrocarbons and other toxic substances, to implement a respiratory protection program, and prohibit employees from working alone in potentially hazardous areas.

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Idea No. 22