People in every business field understand that there is an underlying importance for communication; however, some industries and business fields neglect to place the correct degree of emphasis on the issue of effective communication. Some may fail to see that effective communication within their industries is not only important, but also essential to success and productivity. Nowhere is this piece of information more relevant than within the ring of offshore industries working primarily in areas of oil and gas production and processing - effective communication is a critical component therein and is often overlooked by industry leaders. Those who own or manage offshore industry businesses may want to consider the information below concerning the importance of effective communication and how said communication can be achieved.

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frack·ing  noun \ˈfra-kiŋ\: the injection of fluid into shale beds at high pressure in order to free up petroleum resources (such as oil or natural gas)

Improved technology has increased the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, over the past decade. The American Petroleum Institute has called the extraction of natural gas from shale "the most important domestic energy development in the last fifty years,” and fracking is one of over 150 new words and definitions added to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary in 2014.

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Although the first experiments in Hydraulic Fracturing began in the late 1940’s, the Hydraulic Fracturing (also known as “fracking”) Industry has seen a boom in recent years. As of 2012, (according to the Society of Petroleum Engineers) an estimated 2.5 million hydraulic fracturing jobs have been performed on oil and gas wells worldwide. This may be due to the ability to locate unconventional natural gas and oil sources through fracking.

The boom in Hydraulic Fracturing has also raised concerns about the safety and protection of the workers. The high-pressure equipment and drills create a high noise environment. Maintaining hearing protection and clear communication can be a challenge. OSHA’s proposed Silica Rule adds to that challenge by potentially requiring the use of respiratory equipment.

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In the previous blog, we explained what an explosive atmosphere was, and why and Intrinsic Safety Certification is required for your communications headset.

In Part Two we will delve into the Classification System itself and explain how to identify which communication headsets are certified as Intrinsically Safe for the environment you are working in.

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As we spend time with our growing portfolio of global Oil and Gas customers, it always amazes me how much confusion exists within the worker population around the requirements for Intrinsically Safe Certification. Some customers believe that a Two-Way Radio is Intrinsically Safe because it has an IS battery.

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The Oil and Gas industry has been under attack for its safety record over the last few years. From the Deepwater Horizon disaster to recent oil spills in the Mississippi River safety is an ongoing and sensitive issue for the Oil and Gas industry.

Accurate and effective communication is critical to ensuring a safe working environment and this is even more critical in the Oil and Gas industry where hostile environments place additional challenges on workers.

That’s why safety leaders are focusing very closely on deploying the very best communication headsets in the Oil and Gas industry.

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Think about headsets, there are many options available for industrial customers to consider these days. From simple passive headsets that deliver a basic hearing protection solution to sophisticated electronic headsets that use Digital Signal Processing to separate speech from noise.

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