Emerging Occupational Health Issues in Unconventional Oil and Gas Exploration and Production – a NIOSH Perspective

Speaker: Dr. Bradley King PhD, MPH CIH
Speaker Dr. Bradley King PhD, MPH CIH
Bradley King is a certified industrial hygienist at CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and holds the rank of Commander (CDR) in the U.S. Public Health Service. He earned his PhD in Environmental Health Sciences from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. King joined NIOSH in 1999 as an industrial ...

Bradley King is a certified industrial hygienist at CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and holds the rank of Commander (CDR) in the U.S. Public Health Service. He earned his PhD in Environmental Health Sciences from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. King joined NIOSH in 1999 as an industrial hygienist in the Health Hazard Evaluation program, responding to requests from workers, employers, and union officials to investigate occupational exposures at a wide variety of worksites throughout the country. He currently works in NIOSH’s Western States Division in Denver, Colorado; current research interests include evaluating occupational exposures in the upstream oil and gas industry.

Full Description

In 2010, NIOSH initiated the Field Effort to Assess Chemical Exposures in Oil and Gas Workers to determine if chemical exposure risks were present for workers during drilling, completions and servicing operations. This presentation describes continuing industrial hygiene field research NIOSH has conducted focusing on a number of compounds identified for which oil and gas extraction workers have significant exposure risks. Specifically, NIOSH researchers have conducted exposure assessments for respirable crystalline silica (quartz) at 11 hydraulic fracturing operations in 5 states. Full-shift exposures were found to exceed occupational exposure criteria set or recommended by OSHA, NIOSH, or ACGIH. Additionally, industrial hygiene field research has also been conducted for exposures to hydrocarbon gases and vapors associated with hydraulic fracturing and flowback operations and during manual tank gauging and sampling activities. Results of these studies identified significant risks for over-exposures to these gases and vapors as well as low oxygen concentrations while gauging and sampling. A series of worker deaths related to these exposures have also been identified. Improved controls and worker protections for the identified risks have been recommended as a result of research findings and will be discussed.

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Lunch will be provided at 11:30, followed by the speaker’s presentation at 12:00.

When?

Tue, Apr. 11, 2017
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. US/Central

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Marathon Conference Center Rm P1021
5555 San Felipe
Houston, Texas 77056
United States

Marathon Oil Tower Room P1021.

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