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Mohajeri L, Zahed M A, Pakravan M. Health and Well-being Challenges of Workers on the Upstream Sector in the Oil and Gas Industry. TB 2021; 19 (6) :108-120
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Workers’ Health and Well-being Challenges in the Upstream Sector in Oil and Gas Industry

Leila Mohajeri(Ph.D.)1, Mohammad Ali Zahed(Ph.D.)2, Morteza Pakravan(Ph.D.)3
1. Corresponding Author: PhD. Enviromental Engineer,HSE Group, Ostovan Kish Drilling Company (OKDC), Tehran, Iran. Email: mohajerileila@yahoo.com         Tel: 09120253713
2. Assistant Professor of Environmental sciences, Kharazmi University, Tehran, Iran.
3. P.hD., of Business Administration, Chife Executive Officer, Ostovan Kish Drilling Company (OKDC), Tehran, Iran.

Introduction: Occupational nature, strenuous physical activity, shift work, spatial and geographical location, as well as support facilities and equipment pose greater risks on individuals in the oil and gas industry, especially on those engaged in offshore oil exploration and production activities. The purpose of this study was to explain the issue of workers’ health and well-being employed in the oil and gas industry with regard to the accidents in this industry. Another aim was to provide a better and more effective health safety environment by modeling events in other countries.
Methods: This review article analyzed the health problems of oil and gas workers. The research question was ‘what are the issues and challenges of the upstream sector of oil and gas industry in the field of employees’ welfare?’ To this end, physical, chemical, biological, and ergonomic risk factors were investigated. Moreover, the specific problems of the drilling industry (restrictions on offshore work, psychological hazards, stresses from frequent relocations, and sleep quality to choose from) were emphasized.
Results: Physical, chemical, and biological hazards were identified as the most important hazards. In addition, psychological hazards had a very serious effect on the workers’ health and safety.
Conclusion: Effective methods of health safety environment management include: performing systematic assessment of health risks, investigating personnel health, conducting training programs, and performing accident analysis.
 Keywords: Occupational safe and health, Oil and gas industry, Exploration and production, offshore oil rigs, Health safety environment.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2021/03/9 | Accepted: 2021/03/10 | Published: 2021/02/28

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