CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing a rule that would require workers wear flame-resistant clothing within 75 feet of an oil and gas well bore.

The agency is taking public comment on the proposal and will hold a public hearing Oct. 5 in Casper.

John Robitaille, of the Petroleum Association of Wyoming, says industry would welcome the rule since many already follow it now.

But Robitaille tells the Casper Star-Tribune ( ) that some companies would rather use the special clothing on an as-needed basis.

The clothing standard isn't the only rule change proposed by OSHA. The agency also proposed a rule mandating emergency shut-down devices on all diesel engines used on a rig.


Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune,