TRACK(S): Environmental Health and Risk Management
Margaret M. Kitt, MD, MPH*, NIOSH, Morgantown, WV
Russell D. White, PhD, DABT, American Petroleum Institute, Washington, DC
Most of the attention in the unconventional oil and gas industry (hydraulic fracturing) has focused on environmental issues. Although workplace safety hazards in the general industry have been documented, there is
little published on health hazards to workers. Engineering controls have been put into place at some worksites and assessment of these control measures is ongoing. Assessments of other potential hazards are being prioritized to include exposure to hydraulic fracturing fluids, diesel particulate and exhaust gases from equipment, lead and other toxic metals, volatile organic compounds such as benzene, and naturally occurring
radioactive materials. This session will review the current work being conducted by NIOSH in the hydraulic fracturing industry and discuss potential solutions to eliminate or minimize exposures. This session may be of
particular interest to residents and recent graduates.