How to Prevent Heat Exhaustion in the Oilfield

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If you’re working on location, day in and day out, sweating through the high summer temperatures and not getting enough water – RigUp has one question for you:

What are YOU doing to stay hydrated and safe?

Safety is always a number one priority when working in the field. Without knowing how to prevent dangerous situations or how to recognize symptoms, your work zone can quickly become hazardous.

To avoid certain accidents, here are several tips and tricks to make sure you can get back to work producing that sweet, sweet crude.

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Because you are often working tirelessly in the heat, your body can have a difficult time cooling itself off. Your body produces sweat as a means to keep your body temperature down, but when it is unable to produce enough sweat, you can be at risk for heat exhaustion. Extreme heat exhaustion can threaten your life.

Symptoms:

Dizziness

Lightheaded

Chills

Headaches

Low blood pressure

Faintness

Prevention:

Drink water BEFORE, DURING and AFTER work. Keep your body running effectively by drinking water, drinking water, and drinking even more water.

A great measure of preventing an accident for everyone on location comes from Wes Higgins, an HSE Professional, at Parsley Energy Inc.,

“We are our brother’s keeper. Watch out for your buddy, and your buddy will watch out for you.”

Higgins recommends to apply this manta across the board. Whether the goal is to prevent heat exhaustion or another type of incident, we need to look out for one another. At the end of the day, your co-workers may see something you miss. “It’s the old guy looking out for the new guy and the new guy looking out for the old guy that makes things work in the field.”

It is crucial to replenish the fluids within your body as well as taking breaks in the shade. This allows your body to naturally cool down, get out of the sun, and recover from overheating.

If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.

A good way to check how hydrated or dehydrated you are is by looking at your urine. The color of urine is an excellent indicator of how much fluid is in your body. Clear urine is a sign of hydration and health. Yellow urine is adequate but an indicator that you might be dehydrated. Those with dark yellow or brown urine should consult with a medical professional. Try to avoid drinking alcoholic beverages and energy drinks during the work week since this adds to dehydration. Instead, make sure to eat a filling meal at night and including an apple to your morning for energy.

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Treatment:

If you suspect heat exhaustion, the easiest solution is getting to a cool place as quickly as possible. This includes indoors (preferably with air conditioning), a shady spot, or at the very least in front of a fan.

Rehydrate your body with plenty of ice water and electrolytes. You can find electrolytes in sports drinks such as Gatorade, in small packets to mix with water, or even in fruits and vegetables.

According to Medical News Today, electrolytes “regulate nerve and muscle function, hydrate the body, balance blood acidity and pressure, and help rebuild damaged tissue,” all of which are crucial functions to someone working on the field.

Before work, prepare for the day with ice packs to keep drinks cool and use on your neck, back and armpits. During the workday, soaking a bandana in cool water is an easy technique to keep your forehead and neck moist while working.  At the end of the workday, you can cool down easily by taking a cold shower. This immerses your body and immediately lowers body temperature.

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The most important piece of the safety equation is people.”

– Oil and Gas Journal

Takeaways:

  • Consistently drink water before you start your day, throughout the day, and at the end of the day.
  • Replenish and hydrate your body with electrolytes
  • Stay cool in the shade or inside to allow your body to recover
  • Ice packs and wet bandanas are preventative measures to lower body temperature on the job.
  • Look out for your buddy and watch over one another

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EHS Solutions for Every Operator

On Earth Day 2016, we at RigUp are reflecting on why we do what we do…

EHS & Profit DiagramOne of our core beliefs at RigUp is that profitability and environmental responsibility are not mutually exclusive. Since the early stages of our company, we have been seeking the best practices to surround these beliefs.

We know that when companies are forced to cut spending, the expensive EHS tag is certainly a tempting place to start. But compromising on employee’s safety or responsibility to the environment will not be beneficial in the long run.

RigUp has created a marketplace where the safest and most environmentally conscious companies can succeed. We want to make sure that EHS needs are no longer a financial burden that companies have to find a place for in their budget. There are three ways that our marketplace offers a solution to these problems.

Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 2.02.16 PM Using RigUp can ensure that a company is getting the lowest prices on EHS services in their area by increasing the competition between vendors. On RigUp it is easy to include multiple companies on each bid.  Our marketplace enables E&P’s to compare prices across a larger selection of companies.

Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 2.02.23 PM For operators of all sizes, RigUp is one central place for all environmental needs. No longer do they have to spend the time researching who offers the services that they need or managing multiple separate relationships. Finding vendors in proximity to a particular job can lower freight cost substantially.

Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 2.02.29 PM Smaller companies with limited environmental connections benefit greatly from a single place to go to meet all their needs. As soon as they sign up for an account they receive access to over 9,000 vendors to choose from.

Environmental responsibility and high safety standards are strong drivers behind why we do what we do. The tools we have created are designed to make sure that exceeding industry standards is not as difficult as it has been in the past. Take control of your EHS responsibility and use RigUp to be proactive. 

No matter what your EHS needs RigUp can help you solve them. 

Happy Earth Day

The Environment at $30 Oil

When the outside world thinks about the oil & gas industry, they think about the most prominent news stories in the past decade. The industry as a whole is often vilified with little recognition given to the companies who act responsibly.

However, when oil is $30 a barrel, some companies cut costs anyway they can – even if that is in safety and environmental programs.

Environmental responsibility and sustainable operations are at the core of who RigUp is as a company. Our desire is to partner with companies who make EHS a priority in their business. We believe the desire to operate responsibly should be intrinsic to a company and not solely reliant on external pressures.

Our mission is to connect operators with service providers through a common goal: effective, efficient, and safe operations. We seek to maintain a marketplace where the safest and most environmentally conscious companies can thrive. Since the beginning we have strove to build our company on the foundations of responsibility, and better business.

Regardless of the price of oil, our likeminded team is committed to achieving lasting change in one of the world’s largest industries. We are dedicated to a better future.

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