OSHA proposes flame-resistant clothing requirement near rigs

Aug 21, 2012

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.
The agency is taking public comments on the proposal and will hold a public hearing on Oct. 5 in Casper.

John Robitaille, of the Petroleum Association of Wyoming, says industry would welcome the rule since many already follow it now.
But Robitaille says some companies would rather use the special clothing on an as-needed basis.

The clothing standard isn't the only rule change proposed by OSHA. The agency also proposed a rule mandating emergency shut-down devices on all diesel engines used on rigs.