Oil & Gas

Oil and gas operations can consist of many different process steps including drilling, fracking, tailings management, construction, refining, and oil sands mining. Dust can be generated during all of these processes that can impact the long-term health of workers at these sites.

The Power of Real-time monitoring

During drilling and fracking, it is common for dust to be generated by drill cuttings and during mixing of drilling muds or fracking fluids. Fracking fluids themselves contain silica sand, putting the site at risk of silica dust (respirable crystalline silica).

Extraction of oilsands involves open-pit mining and transporting material via haul trucks. Many of the same risks are present here as they would be in a mineral mine site

Real-time dust monitoring can be used to alert workers when dust levels rise so that they can implement controls to minimize the dust and/or determine the need to put on personal protective equipment. It allows for decisions to be made quickly, at a potential exposure site, to minimize the risks for workers and without waiting weeks to get lab results back. It also allows Industrial Hygienists to monitor the long-term exposures of these workers. 

Teck Case Study - Real-Time Monitoring

Learn how Teck is using Nanozen’s cutting-edge dust monitoring technology and making data-driven decisions to reduce employee dust exposure, and improve occupational health and safety.