3 Situations That Could Cause Companies to Rethink Industrial Communications for Oil and Gas Sites

Employers should consider how they will quickly and effectively reach workers in an emergency.

Employers should consider how they will quickly and effectively reach workers in an emergency.

Whether you need to send a quick email or notify employees of a major safety issue, a solid communication system is a must for oil and gas sites. While communication is already a top priority for energy firms, there are various scenarios that companies should prepare for and make sure their current communications systems are up to the challenge. 

"Employers should determine whether their existing industrial communications equipment and services can fully handle the demands of their facilities and ensure the safety of the staff on site."

Here are three situations that depend on effective industrial communications:

Mass communication
During a sitewide emergency, employers need to be able to reach all workers quickly to describe the danger in the workplace and give them further instructions on what to do next. In communicating to a large volume of people at the same time, companies should implement a mass notification system that will give employers the ability to alert employees to risks in real time, according to EHS Today. Employers should determine whether their existing industrial communications equipment and services can fully handle the demands of their facilities and ensure the safety of the staff on site. While this system is still new for some workplaces, it's important to give employees accurate information that could help save their saves in an emergency. 

Emergency response
When workers are exposed to chemical hazards or other safety risks that could prompt emergency response and rescue, supervisors or other employees need to be able to contact emergency services and give them the exact location of the people in distress. Since oil and gas workers may be exposed to a variety of risks, a good communications systems could speed up response times to put them in contact with emergency services and get them the help they need quickly. 


Communications systems are integral to keeping managers and staff connected.

Safety risk prevention
As new workers come onto the field, they may not be experienced in recognizing specific dangers that could result in occupational injury or fatality. It's the job of managers on site to inform all employees about dangers that could arise. By investing in improved communications systems, managers and workers can keep in touch with other so managers can educate workers on dangers and employees can report any unsafe practices or situations. Through focusing on safety risk prevention, employers can reduce the rate of injuries and fatalities among oil and gas workers and help them with. compliance with federal safety rules and regulations.