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2010 (Vol. 2, Issue: 8)
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Effects of Drilling Fluid Exposure to Oil and Gas Workers Presented with Major Areas of Exposure and Exposure Indicators

E. Broni-Bediako and R. Amorin
Corresponding Author:  Eric Broni-Bediako 

Key words:  BTEX (Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, Xylene), dermatitis, drilling fluids, , , ,
Vol. 2 , (8): 710-719
Submitted Accepted Published
2010 August, 17 2010 September, 22 2010 December, 10

Drilling fluid is any fluid which is circulated through a well in order to remove cuttings from a wellbore. They are used broadly in the oil and gas industry, on exploration rigs, and are critical to ensuring a safe and productive oil or gas well. During drilling, a large volume of fluids are circulated through the well and into open, partially enclosed or completely enclosed systems at elevated temperatures. When these drilling fluids are agitated during circulating process there is significant potential for chemical exposure to workers and subsequent health effects. This study seeks to identify major areas of drilling fluid exposure and health hazard associated with the use of drilling fluid. The study also presents some challenges in setting drilling fluid exposure standard which has always not been given the same attention or concern as effects and risk management of drilling fluid. Some exposure indicators are also presented.
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E. Broni-Bediako and R. Amorin, 2010. Effects of Drilling Fluid Exposure to Oil and Gas Workers Presented with Major Areas of Exposure and Exposure Indicators.  Research Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology, 2(8): 710-719.
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