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Health and Safety


API’s members are committed to protecting the environment, and the health and safety of all who share it. API’s safety and health activities support this commitment through research, standards development, training, information transfer and advocacy. The oil and natural gas industry is becoming an increasingly safer place to work, despite a job environment that often involves heavy equipment, hazardous materials, high temperatures and high pressure equipment. This is reflected by a declining rate of illnesses and injuries – a rate much lower than that for the private sector as a whole.

This commitment to safety and health goes beyond company boundaries and extends into the communities where our members operate, as well as the products our members sell. API leads many industry activities to evaluate the potential risks of our products throughout the product’s life-cycle. Used properly, our industry’s products provide many benefits to society.

To learn more about the oil and natural gas industry's contributions to health and safety, see the links below.

Product Safety at Home

Tips for safe storage and disposal of gasoline as well as staying safe at the pump and in your home.

Occupational Health and Safety in the Industry

Find out how petroleum industry companies contribute to health and safety in the industry.

Product Stewardship

API's product stewardship activities and programs support the oil and natural gas industry in its commitment to a shared responsibility for the industry's environmental, health and safety performance.