Robitaille http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en OSHA proposes flame-resistant clothing requirement near rigs http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/osha-proposes-flame-resistant-clothing-requirement-near-rigs <p>The Wyoming Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing a rule that would require workers to wear flame-resistant clothing within 75 feet of an oil and gas well bore.<br>&nbsp;<br>The agency is taking public comments on the proposal and will hold a public hearing on Oct. 5 in Casper.<br><br>John Robitaille, of the Petroleum Association of Wyoming, says industry would welcome the rule since many already follow it now.<br>&nbsp;<br>But Robitaille says some companies would rather use the special clothing on an as-needed basis.</p> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 21:54:00 +0000 The Associated Press 28915 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org OSHA proposes flame-resistant clothing requirement near rigs Workers inhale dangerous amounts of fracking dust, study finds http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/workers-inhale-dangerous-amounts-fracking-dust-study-finds <p>A study by the National Institute of Occupational Safety found that workers involved with hydraulic fracturing are often exposed to dangerously high levels of silica.</p><p>Silica sand is used in fracking fluid, and breathing dust from the material can cause lung diseases and cancer.</p><p>The sites that were monitored for the study were all outside Wyoming, but John Robitaille with the Petroleum Association of Wyoming says companies here still need to take the matter seriously.</p> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 23:24:44 +0000 Willow Belden 27730 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Workers inhale dangerous amounts of fracking dust, study finds