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Controlling Chemical Hazards (CCH) in Oil and Gas Industry: Program Development Guideline

April 11, 2011

The Controlling Chemical Hazards (CCH) guideline is completed and ready for download or purchase.

The upstream oil and gas industry uses and produces a variety of chemical products on its work sites. To create safer, healthier work sites, everyone involved needs to raise their awareness of the specific hazards presented by chemicals in the upstream industry. If you work in this industry, you need to be aware of chemical hazards and your role and responsibilities in controlling these hazards.

The following are available through this project:

This guideline was written to help you get there. This guideline adopts a management system approach to controlling chemical hazards. This approach assumes that managing and controlling the risks associated with hazardous chemicals begins long before any worker actually handles or disposes of these chemicals. In this approach, the task of managing and controlling chemical hazards falls on a whole string of companies involved in any given upstream project or program. Everyone along the way has a role to play, from project planners to supervisors and workers. This guideline is a large document which can be downloaded for free in whole or in part (see Controlling Chemical Hazards guideline). Please note the use of colour was instrumental in our design and it is recommended that the document be printed in colour - or purchased through our store. 

The worker's flip guide is designed by workers for workers. It includes the information from the guideline that is directly applicable to your worker, and housed in a manageable mini-flip format. Due to its design shape this document is not available for free download but it can be purchased through our store

Guidance sheets provide excellent information on various chemicals, tasks, controls, and safety. They can be used to educate the workforce, stimulate discussion during toolbox / tailgate / startup meetings, and assist in controlling various chemical hazards.

The sheets are divided into five topics and designed for workers (green), supervisors (red), planners (blue), and all participants (orange). They are available within the guideline (see Appendix 4 - Guidance Sheet Index and Appendix 5 - Sample Guidance Sheets) or they can be purchased separately in full colour and unbound for easy use through our store.

4. EXPOSURE CONTROL PLAN TEMPLATE (for drilling fluids)
The Exposure Control Plan (ECP) template was the first piece of the project to be designed and available for free download. This template walks you through how to design and draft your own ECP on drilling fluids. The template is available within the guideline (see Appendix 7 - Exposure Control Plan) or can be downloaded for free on its own.

In November 2015, new guidance sheets for silica exposure hazards were created along with an Exposure Control Plan (ECP) template for silica.


This tank hazard alert is designed to communicate hazards and controls related to tank gauging, thieving, and fluid handling and was developed by industry with help from PEC Safety and the OSHA National Steps Alliance.

A recommended practice on hydrocarbon measurement is detailed in the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers Report 547.

Several toolbox talks for chemical and exposure-related topics are provided below. 

Current Status: Approved
Silica Information and Updates

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