Oil Mist Monitoring Protocol

Publication #: 2005-0010

Published: Dec 2004

Author: BC Research Inc. and Certified Industrial Hygience Consulting

Filed Under: Health & Safety, Industry Operations

Occupational exposure to oil mist is a common occurrence during oil well drilling operations involving the use of invert mud. In addition, exposure to oil mist may occur during the production and refining of crude oil. Exposure to lubricating oil mist may also occur in locations where pumps and compressors are operating. Oil mist spray poses occupational health and fire safety concerns, and suitable sampling methods are required to assess and adequately control these hazards effectively.

Objectives

The following project was undertaken in an effort to:

  • Outline the current difficulties in oil mist sample collection, analysis and interpretation.
  • Recommend an air sample collection and analytical method(s) for use by the petroleum industry for the evaluation of worker exposure to oil mist and fire safety risk of this contaminant.
  • Outline the limitations of the sample collection and analytical method(s) recommended for evaluation of worker exposure to oil mist.
  • Discuss how the results of the sampling can be interpreted with respect to both occupational health and fire safety regulatory requirements.
  • Present a list of qualified laboratories that can analyze for oil mist in accordance with the recommended method(s).

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