Oil Boom Stresses the Need for Trained Suppliers

Author: Rene Garcia


In 2018, America has reclaimed the title of World’s Largest Oil Producer. According to preliminary estimates by the Department of Energy, the United States is the largest producer of crude oil, which hasn’t been the case since as far back as 1973. This tremendous growth in the oil and gas industry necessitates suppliers with the proper training to perform their jobs adequately and safely.

Supply and Demand of Trained Oil and Gas Workers

U.S. shale oil has allowed the United States to double its output over the last decade. New technological advancements, such as hydraulic fracturing or “fracking”, has created access to oil and natural gas trapped beneath the surface of areas such as Texas. On top of that, the cost of drilling has dramatically declined. These events have allowed U.S. oil and gas production companies to ramp up demand for more trained workers to build out their supply chains.

Trained workers are a key component to a sustainable supply chain, considering the dangers inherent to the industry. Here are five leading causes for injury that oil and gas workers face:

  1. Motor Vehicle Accidents: Motor vehicle fatalities in the oil patch are eight times higher than in other industries.
  2. Burns: Flammable vapor and liquids, hazardous chemicals, and hot work operations are common sources of burns in the oil industry.
  3. Struck By or Caught-In-Between Equipment: Workers might be exposed to injuries caused by moving vehicles or equipment, falling equipment, and high-pressure lines.
  4. Slips, Trips, and Falls: Wet, oily, muddy, and icy surfaces increase the risk of slips, trips, and falls. Workers might also be required to access platforms and equipment located high above the ground.
  5. Hydrogen Sulfide Gas: Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is a flammable, colorless gas that is toxic at extremely low concentrations.

When partnering with a contractor, not knowing if their workers have adequate training to identify and manage hazards can put the entire supply chain at risk. To mitigate this issue, companies need to conduct Operator Qualification audits. Fortunately, Avetta can help.

Empower Your Organization with Contractor Qualification and Training

In industries that are extremely dangerous to personnel and can have wide-reaching disastrous effects on the environment, being able to trust outsourced workers is paramount. That’s why Avetta offers a Worker Management solution to ensure that only the right people with the right training and qualifications are permitted to perform critical job functions on your worksite. Here are just a handful of benefits provided by the Worker Management solution:

Reduced Risk, Increased Safety: When you have control over the employee qualification process, you reduce the risk of a costly safety incident that could disrupt the supply chain. Being able to verify contractor-reported qualifications ensures that the right workers are performing the right jobs.

Faster Induction: Using Avetta’s learning management system, you can place your induction training and assessments online to make sure that workers are trained before arriving at your worksite.

Multi-Site Access: Eliminate duplicated efforts by syncing employee information across multiple job sites. This feature can also act as a security measure, ensuring that management knows which workers are allowed where.

Supply chains in the oil and gas industry would be foolish to not capitalize on the industry growth, but companies would be wise to tread carefully. One of the smartest decisions any organization in this industry can make is to use a supply chain management software that offers employee training and Operator Qualification audits specific to oil and gas. Sign up with Avetta for our suite of solutions to get the very best work out of contractors and suppliers in this industry.

Learn more about how Avetta’s Worker Management solution can help strengthen your supply chain.

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