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NIOSH - Oil and Gas Extraction Worker Fatalities Report

Melissa Linton, OHST, Compliance Assistance Specialist with Columbus OSHA has provided a copy of NIOSH's 2014 Mid-Year Report concerning fatalities among Oil and Gas Extraction Workers.  Click the link below to download a copy of the report.


Care & Cleaning of Garments Made of Inherently Flame Resistant Fibers

These garments are made from fabrics that are heat resistant and permanently flame resistant. Inherently flame resistant fibers are blended with modacrylic, rayon, nylon and other fibers. The fabrics may also incorporate fibers that are antistatic or have other characteristics. Regardless of the blend, in static-sensitive environments proper grounding procedures must be observed.
Any flame resistant garments should be removed immediately and replaced with clean FR apparel if they become fouled with flammable material.
These garments should be washed using soft water (less than 4.0 grains). Hard water adversely affects cleaning, resulting in increased detergent usage. Hard water contains mineral salts that can form insoluble deposits on the surface of fabrics. Sufficient buildup can negate the flame resistant characteristics of the garment, and may serve as fuel if garments are exposed to an ignition source.
Laundry temperatures up to 140°F are best for good colorfastness. Processing in hotter formulas may be required to remove soils but could affect color and shrinkage. These garments can also be dry cleaned in perchloroethylene or petroleum.
Important considerations are temperature control in washing and drying and removing flammable soils or chemicals that can overwhelm or mask the FR properties.
• Wash and dry separately to prevent accumulation of lint.
• Pre-treat greasy stains and do not overload the washer to help insure removal of soils.
• Wash in hot water (up to 140ºF) using any typical home laundry detergent. Do not use tallow soap.
• Do not use chlorine bleach. Do not use starch or fabric softeners as they may coat fibers and mask FR performance and/or serve as fuel in the event of garment ignition.
• Do not over dry.
• For maximum flame resistance, greases and oils must be thoroughly removed. If home procedures do not accomplish this, commercial laundering or dry cleaning is recommended.

The above info was submitted by:
Janet Kirkbride
Full Circle Oil Field Services
7585 State Route 821
Whipple, OH 45788

OSHA Ohio Fatality Handout

Melissa Linton, OHST, Compliance Assistance Specialist with Columbus OSHA sent the following email on January 14, 2015: 

Subject: Ohio Fatality  Handout 2015

Attached is an Ohio Fatality one page handout which was developed by my office in response to the rise in fatalities.  The state has seen a rise in fatalities from 46 to 51 in the last three years from 2012-2014.  Please share the fatality handout as a part of your outreach services.


 Melissa Linton, OHST

Compliance Assistance Specialist

Columbus OSHA