3 useful aspects to better achieve the safety objectives in the oil and gas industry

3 useful aspects to better achieve the safety objectives in the oil and gas industry

The oil and gas industry is known to have one of the most well-developed safety systems of all industry sectors. Nevertheless, the assurance of the employees’ safety is a process that must be continually improved. Thus, the companies operating in this sector must be aware of the latest security protocols in order to protect their employees.

Although safety measures play a crucial role in this endeavor, they are not the only elements which may differentiate between an effective company and one on the verge of collapse. In fact, lubrication can play an important role in influencing the level of performance and reliability due to the major impact it has on a key point in any operation: equipment reliability.

An appropriate lubrication program is essential for equipment performance. In this regard, by using Mobil industrial lubricants you will be able to improve energy efficiency and increase productivity. Moreover, see below 3 things to take into consideration to better achieve the safety objectives in the oil and natural gas industry.

1. Equipment - employee interaction: the main challenge for companies

The interaction between employees and equipment represents one of the leading risk factors in the workplace in the industry sector. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), between 1992 and 2001, the employee-equipment interaction represented the second cause of workplace accidents in the United States of America.

Although the oil and natural gas industry is considered one of the safest industry sectors for employees, with one of the lowest rates of workplace accidents (according to American Petroleum Institute), reducing the number of interactions between employee and equipment is still a priority for the companies in this industry sector.

A high-performance lubricant will help you achieve this objective by reducing the risks of failure and, therefore, by reducing the moments when employees’ intervention is required to repair those failures.

2. Mobil Industrial Lubricants - an ally in maintaining equipment reliability

Whether it comes to onshore or offshore operations, equipment reliability is essential in order to increase efficiency. A high-performance lubrication program will help you minimize downtime due to unscheduled failure.

In order to maintain equipment reliability in the oil and gas industry, we recommend using synthetic industrial lubricants. This type of lubricants has a higher viscosity index which helps and protects the equipment even when operated at high temperatures, specific to this industry sector.

In addition to the viscosity index, oxidation resistance helps synthetic lubricants to keep their protection properties for a longer time.

3. Oil Analysis - a proactive approach in equipment maintenance

Choosing the right industrial lubricant is not enough to ensure the efficiency of your equipment. Apart from this aspect, a proactive technical service as oil analysis will help you make easier and informed decisions regarding equipment maintenance.

For example, Star Lubricants in collaboration with ExxonMobil provides the Signum Analysis program, a service which monitors the status of lubricants so that you can identify in advance any problems that may arise. By using the Signum Analysis program, you can monitor a number of factors such as the evolution of lubricant viscosity, its acidity, and the occurrence of contaminants such as water, particles of dust, dirt or metal.

This data you collect helps to prevent certain problems before they seriously affect the equipment reliability and lead to total failure.

Safety in the oil and gas industry should be a priority for you. Apply the above tips and you will already be one step forward towards achieving energy efficiency and productivity. For more details about the lubrication program you want to implement for your company, click on the image below and request a customized offer. A Star Lubricants representative will contact you and provide you with all the information you need as soon as possible.

Source: How Lubrication Can Help You Achieve Your Safety Goals by Luis Rojas, material used with permission of the Mobil SHC Club (all rights reserved).