Horizontal Well Drillers

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Horizontal Well Drillers

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Standard Operating Procedure – Personal Protective Equipment

1. Purpose

The common thread throughout the SOP and HWD Policies and Procedures in general is the identification of responsibilities. This manual is intended to clearly and concisely identify the steps required by employees to complete any given operation in a manner that is consistent with Horizontal Well Drillers standards. It will document progressive steps required in sequence that are to be followed, an authorizing company department or position, and an author that is to be consulted if there are questions in any portion of the SOP standards.

2. Scope


3. Prerequisites

Personnel are required to wear proper personal protective equipment, follow job safety rules, and have the appropriate experience and certifications to carry out their job functions satisfactorily.

4. Responsibilities

All Employees, Managers and Tool Pushers will be responsible for enforcement of the policy

5. Procedure

Appropriate HWD standards are listed below per body part.

Appropriate hearing protection, which meets OSHA standards, is provided by the company and must be worn in areas where signs are posted warning of excessive noise levels. Hearing protection must be worn in the generator house and around all engines with noise levels of 85 decibels.


HWD requires that every crew member, both HWD and third party personnel wear either safety glasses (meeting ANSI standard requirements Z87.1) and goggles at all times while on location. Eye protection is required under the following conditions and work tasks:

  1. Safety goggles must be worn when chipping, scraping, buffing, grinding, hammering, or when engaged in any activity involving hazards to the unprotected eye by flying or falling particles or objects

  1. Splash-proof chemical goggles must be worn when handling hazardous chemical liquids, powders, or vapors. Examples include: cleaning with chemical solutions, handling chemicals in the mud room, working with molten metal, or in any other operation where the eyes may be exposed to hazardous chemicals in either liquid or solid form. Crew members will wear safety goggles when unloading or moving chemicals.

  1. Rig personnel that wear contact lenses must wear safety glasses or goggles because contact lenses do not provide eye protection; on the contrary, they increase the need for eye protection. In dusty areas, small foreign particles may become trapped under the contact lens and damage the cornea. Chemicals splashed in the eyes may concentrate under the lens and prevent proper flushing of the eyes with water. Wearing contact lenses is not permitted when working in a contaminated atmosphere which requires a respirator. Furthermore, wearers of contact lenses must inform their supervisors and/or fellow employees of that fact so that proper emergency treatment can be given, if necessary.

  1. When outside the living quarters, all personnel must wear, at minimum, safety glasses with side-shields while any sandblasting operation is in progress. For further protection from blowing sand, we suggest the use of safety goggles.

  1. A person walking or working near (within 15 feet) other persons doing work requiring the use of safety glasses or safety goggles, must also wear safety glasses or goggles. When changing tong dies, crew members must, at minimum, wear safety goggles. For further protection, we suggest using a full face shield.

  1. Crew members will wear safety goggles when operating a .092 wire line unit. Electric arc welding requires the use of welding helmets fitted with shaded lenses. Welders helpers must also wear shaded lenses.

  1. It is your responsibility as an employee of HORIZONTAL WELL DRILLERS to wear eye protection at all times where a potential eye hazard exists. Safety goggles will be made available by HWD at the rig site to ensure maximum protection and comfort. Any type of eye protection must be adjusted properly to the face.

  1. Eye wash stations are for emergency first aid only. Each station must have a full container and be available for immediate use at all times.

9. Eye wash stations must be fully charged and kept clean.


Gloves will prevent many minor injuries when handling rough materials or substances that can irritate skin. Wear them whenever practical. Cotton work gloves afford the best protection when handling pipe. All employees are required to possess and use work gloves when the job dictates. For some operations, such as mixing caustic, using cleaning solvents or operating a high pressure washer; rubber gloves or gauntlets may be necessary to provide adequate protection


  1. Hard hats must be worn by everyone while on location. This provides protection from impact and penetration from falling and flying objects and from limited electric shock and burn.

  1. Hard hats are selected for their protective qualities so only Class G and E may be worn. Metal hard hats are not allowed.

  1. Hair that is long enough to constitute a hazard while working around moving machinery or rotating tools and equipment must be secured by a net and tucked under the hard hat. Hairstyles that make it impossible to wear a hard hat properly are not permitted.

  1. Long beards that constitute a hazard while working around moving machinery or rotating tools are not permitted.

  1. Hard hats must be inspected daily to ensure proper performance.


  1. Safety harnesses and lanyards meeting OSHA 1926.105 requirements must be worn at all times while working six feet or above deck level. It is important that the harness fits snugly around the wearer’s chest and under the buttocks, and that the wearer allows no more slack in the tie-off line than is necessary. All safety harnesses should be inspected prior to use for excessive wear or damage that could cause them to fail. Harnesses worn or damaged to the extent that they could fail should be cut up – not discarded. Do not use if it does not pass inspection. Report damaged equipment to your supervisor.

  1. Safety harnesses must not be thrown in a toolbox or otherwise subjected to treatment that could weaken them. Proper maintenance and storage is a must.

  1. Only steel toed boots are allowed on HWD locations. Boots with loose soles or with soles worn smooth are prohibited. Boots must be in good condition.

6. References

HWD Employee Handbook

7. Definitions


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