Vista Sand CHSO Describes Ways You Can Avoid Heat-Related Illnesses

One of the most important priorities for Vista Sand, from the CEO down, is employee safety. Vista Sand is committed to implementing various safety standards to ensure employees remain safe at all times. These safety protocols include mandatory employee training, ongoing and quarterly safety meetings, updating safety technology whenever possible, and step by step incident management when an accident occurs.

In addition to these measures, Brian J. Hecht, Vista Sand’s CHSO, writes for a daily safety blog, discussing various safety issues in the silica sand industry and the general population as well. Now that we’re in the summer months, one of the most important factors in employee safety is reducing exposure to extreme heat. Obviously, this will depend on the industry, but Brian J. Hecht had some good info about avoiding summer heat exposure and recognizing symptoms of heat-related stress.

You can find the blog post here, but here are a few points he made on the subject:

Understand the symptoms of heat-related illnesses: There are three types of heat-related illnesses. The first is heat stroke. This is the most severe form of a heat-related illness, and it needs to be treated immediately. Symptoms include hot, dry skin, confusion, or unconsciousness. The second is heat exhaustion. It is often characterized as having clammy skin, nausea, or an overall sense of feeling uncomfortable. Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke if left untreated. Finally, heat cramps are painful muscle spasms caused by dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.

Consider ways to stay safer while you’re on the job: There are a number of factors that will increase or decrease your risk of suffering a heat-related illness. Avoid any caffeine or alcohol as these substances will dehydrate you faster. Wear loose-fitting, breathable clothing and drink water as necessary. Finally, try to avoid exposure when you’re doing your heaviest work. Do the jobs early when it’s cooler and always work in pairs if you can.

Why Vista Sand Will Be Serving Oil and Gas Companies in the Permian Basin for the Foreseeable Future

At the beginning of this year, the Permian Basin of West Texas and New Mexico was featured in the New York Times due to recent transactions indicating extreme interest in the area for oil and gas drilling. For example, Exxon Mobil announced in January that it would be purchasing more than 275,000 acres of land in the Permian Basin for an amount in stock and cash that could end up being worth more than $6.6 billion. Literally the day before Exxon Mobil announced its acquisition, Noble Energy purchased Clayton Williams Energy for $2.7 billion, providing the company with 120,000 acres in West Texas that have been known to have an abundance of oil.

In total, the region has seen tens of billions of dollars in mergers and acquisitions over the past year, including one earlier in April when Blackstone Group LP purchased EagleClaw Midstream Ventures LLC for about $2 billion. The transaction provides Blackstone with almost 400 miles of natural gas pipelines, allowing the energy firm to take advantage of the ample resources in the area. More energy companies are seeking to invest in oil and gas holdings in the Permian Basin as oil prices rise and drilling technology improves. There will be no shortage of interest in the Permian Basin in the very near future.

As more oil and gas companies pursue greater ambitions in the Permian Basin to extract the abundance of resources in the area to power and heat our nation’s homes, Vista Sand will be right there providing those companies with the best frac sand in the Southern US. While the oil and gas industry shows no signs of slowing down, Vista Sand’s CEO and Senior Leadership Team are happy to report that the Granbury frac sand supplier is growing as well to meet demand. Learn more about Vista Sand and its latest projects here.