• Importance of the Hygienic Measuring of Levels of Exposure to Benzene and Its Derivatives in Production Activities, Focused on Preventing Occupational Diseases (in Spanish)

    This presentation in Spanish (slides in English) is from the 2020 SPE Latin American and Caribbean Petroleum Engineering Conference. Our archived 2020-21 event content is now available free to SPE members!

    • Paper Number: SPE-198971-MS
    • Published: 20 July 2020
    • Authors: Carlos Gómez Real; Oscar Cárdenas Villalobos

    Since exposure to Volatile Organic Vapors produces serious short- and long-term neurotoxic and hematological effects in individuals, this work focuses on reducing both the incidence and prevalence of occupational diseases associated with exposure to organic vapors by implementing prevention programs.

    Hygienic measurements are made periodically, the results of which are essential for establishing guidelines for the different controls, thus eliminating or substantially reducing exposure. This study was conducted at different petroleum production fields in the Llanos Orientales basin in Colombia.

    During the 4 years of studies there have been no cases of incidence or prevalence of associated occupational disease, nor have case studies been detected in the annual occupational medical exams. This shows that the prior engineering designs and implementation of procedures supported with hygienic measurements are the best prevention tools for a major risk in oil production.

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  • Importance of the Hygienic Measuring of Levels of Exposure to Benzene and Its Derivatives in Production Activities, Focused on Preventing Occupational Diseases (in Spanish)