An H2S contingency plan are critical to the long-term safety and success of our clients. Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is a highly toxic gas encountered in many oil and gas-producing formations. It is often present at drilling locations, producing wells, tank batteries, production facilities, and gas plants. Due to its heavy presence in our field, the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) outlines conditions for who is required to compose an H2S contingency plan.
The objective of an H2S contingency plan is to outline necessary actions to alert and protect the public within a specified area of exposure before an intentional release or after an accidental release of H2S. When released in hazardous volumes, immediate activation of an H2S contingency plan is crucial.
To maximize effectiveness, the cooperation and effort of all individuals participating in drilling operations are crucial. Before an emergency, we want personnel thoroughly informed of the safety equipment on the rig. Further, personnel are responsible for their safety equipment and familiarizing themselves with all safety equipment locations. Time is crucial during an emergency. If there is any indication of H2S, notify a supervisor and those in the area immediately. The quicker emergency procedures are completed, the safer the situation.
Most importantly, H2S contingency plans keep the public safe, especially in high-density areas. The contingency plan provides information regarding evacuation procedures and routes, locations of safety equipment, muster points, and emergency contact information. Given the magnitude of the impact of an H2S leak, regular updates to contingency plans help ensure maximum safety.