Arrows Up – Dedicated to Safety

Elimination of Silica Dust

The Arrows Up bin-to-blender solution does not use a conventional belt system. Arrows Up virtually eliminates silica dust and respirable dust concentrations.  In fact, tests show a reduction of as much as 300 times from the average hopper concentration amounts. This is within OSHA’s newly published permissible exposure limits for silica dust and respirable dust concentrations.

NIOSH identified seven primary sources of silica dust exposure during hydraulic fracturing operations:

  1. Dust ejected from the hatches (access ports) on top the sand movers during refilling operations while the machines are running (hot loading)
  2. Dust ejected and pulsed through open side fill ports on the sand movers during refilling operations
  3. Dust generated by on- site vehicle traffic
  4. Dust released from the transfer belt under the sand movers
  5. Dust created as sand drops into or is agitated in the blender hopper and on transfer belts
  6. Dust released from operations of transfer belts between the sand mover and the blender; and
  7. Dust released from the top of the end of the sand transfer belt (dragon’s tail) of sand movers

OSHA Compliance

OSHA has jurisdiction over the safety and health of workers including workers involved in upstream oil and gas operations. The General Duty Clause of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) Act and OSHA’s General Industry Standards (29 CFR 1910) apply to the upstream industry.

OSHA Compliance Schedule:

  • Compliance Schedule Operators are considered to fall under the General Industry and Maritime Compliance Schedule.
  • The deadline for OSHA compliance for operators is June 23, 2018.
  • The rule caps the silica exposure limit at 50 micrograms per cubic foot over an average of an eight hour shift.
  • Arrows Up bins satisfy all seven of OHSA’s identified primary problem points.

United States Department of Labor OSHA’s Final Rule to Protect Workers from Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica.

Other Arrows Up Safety Features

  • ISO Twist Locks for safe transport
  • Riser is equipped with outriggers to lock the system in place at the well site
  • Remote-controlled fully automated gate system

Training and Trained Professionals

The Arrows Up and OmniTRAX team has decades of experience safely moving sand through all stages of the supply chain.

Our dedicated in-basin support team provides on-location training and assistance to your team when you choose our bin-to-blender solution.

Arrows Up Safety Record

Our Arrows Up team has developed a strong focus on safety beginning with training followed by consistent field evaluations.

  • See Tomorrow Own Safety Today culture
  • Ongoing training programs
  • Safety and job briefings for every task
  • Joint customer and employee audits