Safety regulations and training are a critical component of working healthily and productively, but they can also help improve reaction time and reduce the damage caused by equipment malfunctions and related incidents. Investing in OQ pipeline training and related efforts can optimize various aspects of safety, and help reduce the risks that accidents will cause significant damage and health risks to those involved.
A crude oil pipeline eruption in May created a geyser that coated nearby businesses and streets in Los Angeles, resulting in nearly 10,000 gallons of crude spilling out over a half-mile area of the city. Due to extreme heat in the area, the health risks were amplified, causing extreme odors and toxic fumes to send several nearby pedestrians to the hospital.
"Cleanup of this spill is progressing, but individuals may experience discomfort from odors from the residual crude," said Jonathan E. Fielding, Director of Public Health and Health Officer, according to NBC. "Sensitive individuals, including children, seniors, and people with chronic disease such as heart or lung disease, should exercise caution, and limit their outdoor activities as long as odors persist."
The pipeline transferred crude oil between Bakersfield, California and Texas. Despite being shut off within 10 minutes of the break occurring, oil continued to spill out for 45 minutes. Several nearby businesses had to be evacuated. Clean up was expected to take about 24 hours.
Incidents such as these highlight the need for high-quality safety management services and accident prevention training that can serve to reduce the risk of such events occurring in the first place, but more importantly expedite reaction time to reduce their impact on both health and business. The right preparations will serve to save time and money while meeting safety regulations and guidelines.