Oct 26 2012

On April 4, EPA inspected Denbury Onshore LLC of Alvin, Texas and found that the company had failed to develop a facility response plan as required by Federal regulations. Specifically, the EPA was inspecting the Central Treating Station oil storage facility in Montgomery County.The company was fined $16, 600 for violating the federal Clean Water Act. This is their third time violating this act.

 

The Clean Water Act requires oil storage facilities that have a storage capacity of one-million gallons or more to develop and implement FRP to demonstrate a facility’s preparedness to respond to a worst case oil discharge.

 

In July 2011, Denbury Onshore, LLC was fined $13, 905 for a 7, 560-gallon spill and $19, 927 for a 14, 700-gallon oil spill in July 2012. For more information about this article visit: Denbury Onshore Full Article

 

SafetySkills offers many courses that will help prevent your company from making this mistake. Over 10,000 companies choose SafetySkills to help meet their environmental and occupational health and safety training requirements. noodleStream.com is OSHA, EPA, and DOT-compliant, competency-based training which is designed to engage the learner through intensive animation, stimulation, and interaction. With over 50 interactive courses on Oil and Gas Training, SafetySkills is credible and will help your company meet the needed requirements. For more information, check out our course catalog: Course Catalog.

 

 


Oct 26 2012

On April 4, EPA inspected Denbury Onshore LLC of Alvin, Texas and found that the company had failed to develop a facility response plan as required by Federal regulations. Specifically, the EPA was inspecting the Central Treating Station oil storage facility in Montgomery County.The company was fined $16, 600 for violating the federal Clean Water Act. This is their third time violating this act.

 

The Clean Water Act requires oil storage facilities that have a storage capacity of one-million gallons or more to develop and implement FRP to demonstrate a facility’s preparedness to respond to a worst case oil discharge.

 

In July 2011, Denbury Onshore, LLC was fined $13, 905 for a 7, 560-gallon spill and $19, 927 for a 14, 700-gallon oil spill in July 2012. For more information about this article visit: Denbury Onshore Full Article

 

SafetySkills offers many courses that will help prevent your company from making this mistake. Over 10,000 companies choose SafetySkills to help meet their environmental and occupational health and safety training requirements. noodleStream.com is OSHA, EPA, and DOT-compliant, competency-based training which is designed to engage the learner through intensive animation, stimulation, and interaction. With over 50 interactive courses on Oil and Gas Training, SafetySkills is credible and will help your company meet the needed requirements. For more information, check out our course catalog: Course Catalog.

 

 


Jun 28 2012

17 Million more Global Oil Production Expected by 2020

Global crude oil production is likely to climb from 93 million b/d to 110 million b/d by 2020. The growth would be the largest increase since the 1980s. The largest increases have been seen in Iraq, the US, Canada, Brazil, and Venezuela.

Leonardo Maugeri, conducted a study that forecasts technological advances in unconventional oil production and found that it will help make the Western Hemisphere self-sufficient by 2020. Maugeri is a researcher at Harvard University. He predicts that the US will experience unprecedented output from the advances in unconventional oil production.

This discovery is big, even on a global scale. The combination of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling will make it possible to exploit US tight oil plays and open up a new era. If this new production was to make it to the market, there would be a dramatic collapse in oil prices.

Oil and Gas Production

Researchers still wonder if there would be consequences with the new oil development. There is a lot more research still to be completed. New oil production projects could be delayed without a balance between industry demands and environmental concerns. This production is unique and opens the oil and gas field to many possibilities.

SafetySkills has a full line of oil and gas safety training, along with a variety of other online safety training courses. Training is also available on DVD. Check out SafetySkills or call for more information on course titles, regulations, and pricing at 888-844-3549.


Feb 28 2012

New Oil Pipeline Brings Work to Oklahoma and a Need for Safety Training

TransCanada announced this week that they will build a pipeline from Oklahoma to the Gulf of Mexico.  This endeavor is to move oil from Cushing, Oklahoma to refineries in the Gulf of Mexico which will be refining the gasoline and the crude oil by products. This project will alleviate an oil bottleneck at the Oklahoma storage hub.

The original proposal suggested a pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The President rejected this plan in January saying that it required further environmental reviews. The benefit of the TransCanada pipeline is that approval from the US State Department would not be needed since it will not cross the Canada – U.S. border.

According to an article by USA Today, moving oil from the Midwest to the world-class, state-of-the-art refineries on the Gulf Coast will modernize our infrastructure, create jobs, and encourage American energy production. TransCanada says that it will start working on the pipeline as soon as possible and the construction will be completed by late next year.

This new pipeline will further boost the oil and gas industry in Oklahoma and more employees will be required to meet safety standards and regulations. noodleStream.com, the maker of SafetySkills™ is an Oklahoma based online safety training provider that specializes in training for the Oil and Gas Industry as well as the General Industry. Course titles include Confined Space Awareness, Oil Rig Safety, Excavation and Trenching, Lockout/ Tagout and over 200 additional OSHA compliant courses. Training is also available in a DVD format for employees without computer access. Please call us today for more information on course titles, regulations and pricing at 888-844-3549.


Jan 18 2012

Helpful Warehouse Safety Tips from Storage Solutions

Warehouse Safety the Dangers of Modern Warehouses and How to Prevent Them
Warehouse Safety the Dangers of Modern Warehouses and How to Prevent Them


Dec 13 2011

Safe Driving in the Holiday Season

Loved ones coming together is what the holidays are all about, but first you have to get there. This holiday season is expected to receive more travel on the roads than in previous years due to the recession, which means that more safety measures need to be taken to avoid accidents. SafetySkills™ is providing these safe driving tips:

  • Know the weather conditions and how to drive in them. 75 percent of all winter weather related deaths can be attributed to driving in dangerous weather conditions. Take SafetySkills™  Hazardous Driving Conditions online course to learn how to minimize your risk.
  • Prepare you vehicle for winter driving. It is recommended to check the tire pressure, windshield wipers and fluid, and the battery to avoid car trouble and keep the windshield and windows clean for proper visibility. Stocking the car with self-sustaining technologies and supplies is also encouraged, such as a first aid kit, blankets, matches, safety flares, flashlight, fully-charged cell phone and bottled water.
  • Stay alert. Driver distraction is becoming, in the words of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, an “epidemic” that caused 500,000 car accidents and 6,000 fatalities last year. Drivers need to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel at all times.
  • Never drink and drive. 36 percent of all Christmas accidents on the road are alcohol-related. Those who become too festive for their own good should never get behind the wheel and should use a taxi service.
  •  Plan for daytime driving. Three times as many fatalities occur during the night (6 p.m. – 6 a.m.) than during the day according to both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Safety Council (NSC).

“Driving this time of year is simply chaotic,” said Trey Greene, CEO of noodleStream.com. “The roads are busy and that mixed with the weather creates a dangerous environment for driving. Using these tips will help reduce the chance of car accidents and more importantly injuries and even deaths.”
To learn more about SafetySkills™ and to take our Hazardous Driving Conditions course, visit http://safetyskills.com/winter-driving.


Dec 7 2011

OSHA Implements Changes To The Whistleblower Program

OSHA’s Whistleblower Program offers protection from job loss or professional repercussions against any employee that has exercise rights under OSHA ACT.  Rights afforded by the OSH Act include employee participation in safety and health activities, such as complaining to OSHA and seeking an OSHA inspection, participating in an OSHA inspection, participating or testifying in any proceeding related to an OSHA inspection, and reporting a work-related injury, illness, or fatality. The whistleblower protection statutes administered by OSHA protect employees who report violations of various airline, commercial motor carrier, consumer product, environmental, financial reform, food safety, health care reform nuclear, pipeline, public transportation agency, railroad, maritime and securities laws.

OSHA has begun implementing reforms to the Whistleblower Program. A statement made by OSHA’s Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels reveals that “The new measures will significantly strengthen OSHA’s enforcement of the 21 whistleblower laws that Congress charged OSHA with administering.” Significant changes to the Whistleblower Protection Program will effect the restructuring, training, policies and internal systems.

The program will now report directly to the assistant secretary instead of the Directorate of Enforcement. Beginning of the 2012 fiscal year, 25 new investigators will be added to the program. OSHA will also hold a national whistleblower conference that will be attended by all investigators from federal and state plans. OSHA will also offer many other investigator training events to ensure that they receive all the mandatory training required by the end of the calendar year. The new changes will also bring modifications to the Whistleblower Investigations manual which was last updated in 2003. Alterations to the data collections system will also be made to ensure that all complaints will be handled in a more timely basis.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.


Nov 22 2011

Black Friday Safety Tips

Some holiday shopping traditions start as soon as the Thanksgiving dinner is cleared off the table. Before the turkey is even digested the shopping mission is being plotted out. SafetySkills™ would like to kick off the shopping season with some important personal safety shopping tips.

 

  • Do not carry all your cash and credit cards out with you, carry only what you will use that day
  • Consider using a one time or multiuse prepaid credit card
  • Lock all purchases in your trunk – do not leave them visible
  • Carry your purse close to your body or your wallet in a front pocket
  • Have your keys in your hand when you are heading out into the parking lot
  • Make sure you park in a well-lit area
  • Check the back seat and the area around the car before getting in
  • If shopping with children, make sure you have a plan and a meeting spot in case you get separated
  • Only buy what you can physically carry
  • Make sure you have a cell phone available
  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Be well rested
  • Be courteous

Black Friday is considered the unofficial start to the holiday season but unfortunately it also brings out thieves, pickpockets and others that are looking to take advantage of unsuspecting shoppers. Though most people shop safely on Black Friday but it pays to be aware of what is going on around you and to have a plan if an emergency situation develops.  SafetySkills™ hopes that you stay safe and have a great holiday weekend!


Nov 2 2011

SafetySkills™ Free Safety Course of the Month – Hazardous Materials Transportation

SafetySkills™ is starting off November with showcasing another free course of the month. This month’s free course is Hazardous Materials Transportation, Introduction. This free course is available to individuals or companies looking for online safety training. To view the course, you must create an account. The account is free and the course is free and the certificate of completion is also free.  Why do we offer free training? Because we hope you find SafetySkills™ so effective and easy to use that you choose us for all of your compliance training needs.

More than 800,000 hazardous material shipments occur every day – 365 days a year. Commerce involving hazardous materials contributes more than $446 billion to the US economy annually. It is an important part of everyone’s daily life. Persons involved in the packaging, marking, labeling, and transporting of hazardous materials must be familiar with the proper handling and safeguarding of hazardous materials as prescribed in the Hazardous Materials Regulations, or HMR. This free course is designed to give HAZMAT employees a general awareness of the requirements of the HMR.

Hazardous Materials Transportation,Introduction can be used to fulfill the requirements of 49 CFR 174(a)(1) for the general awareness/familiarization training. After the completion of the course you will be able to summarize which packages and containers the HMR apply to, what training is required and what the possible penalties are for violating the HMR. Employers may also be interested in all the courses available in our Hazardous Materials (DOT) Training Series.

To check out all of our over 200 OSHA, EPA and DOT compliant courses, visit us at http://safetyskills.com/


Oct 3 2011

Drive Safely Work Week

This week is the Drive Safely Work Week sponsored by the National Safety Council and the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS).  In partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation, the week is to remind employees to avoid driving distracted.  The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety states that distracted driving contributes up to 8,000 crashes every single day.

Many accidents could be prevented if drivers took this time to focus only on driving. Many drivers use this time to multi task, whether it be to answer emails, respond to texts, eat breakfast or put on makeup. A delay in reaction time due to multitasking can prove to be fatal. One of the most important rules to follow and stay safe is to plan ahead. The Foundation for Traffic Safety offer excellent tips and facts on distracted driving – http://www.aaafoundation.org/multimedia/distracteddriving.cfm

To get the whole office or company involved, have them take a few minutes to complete the SafetySkills Distracted Driver course. This course is designed to give the learner knowledge and skills needed to drive safely and avoid distractions that can lead to traffic accidents. When this course is over the learner should be able to recognize the causes of driver distraction and the appropriate actions for distracted drivers to take.  The Distracted Driver online course is part of the Driver Safety Training Series. This series includes Delivery Driver Safety, Driver Safety,Hazardous Driving Conditions,Hazards of Speeding and Road Rage.

To find out more about SafetySkills™, visit us at http://safetyskills.com.