E&P Chemical Risk

This is the first workshop organized by SPE to discuss chemical risk related to human health and the environment within the exploration and production (E&P) sector. Chemical risk assessment is an evolving element within the Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility (HSSE SR) segment of our industry.

Although chemical risk assessment is a recognized concept within the E&P industry, there is no established process for its use. Various industry consortiums are pursuing the development of chemical risk assessment processes. Currently, the public has raised concerns about the chemicals used for hydraulic fracturing, in respect to human health and the environment.  Regulatory agencies have begun issuing decisions on chemical evaluation and disclosure for many applications. 

Therefore, there is a need to develop a deeper understanding of chemical risk assessment, and how it relates to the E&P industry. Benefits include a transparent approach that can align all stakeholders, and instead of a subjective belief, steer a science-based belief in chemical risk. Topics for consideration include regulatory framework, chemical hazard assessment, emerging tools and technologies, exposure pathways, risk mitigation, and risk communication. 

Workshop Guidelines

Workshops maximize the exchange of ideas among attendees and presenters through brief technical presentations followed by extended Q&A periods. Focused topics attract an informed audience eager to discuss issues critical to advancing both technology and best practices.

Many of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements and lessons learned. In order to stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published and members of the press are not invited to attend. 


Proceedings from the workshop will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not requested of speakers or panel members. A URL containing released copies of the workshop presentations will be available to attendees following the workshop.


In remaining consistent with workshop objectives and SPE guidelines, commercialism in presentations will not be permitted. Company logos should be used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter(s).

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Attendees will receive 1.6 CEUs.

One CEU equals 10 contact hours of participation. CEUs will be awarded through SPE Professional Development for participation and completion of SPE workshop. A permanent record of a participant’s involvement and awarding of CEUs will be maintained by SPE.