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Ring out the Old, Ring in the New

Graham Marshall - Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky, the flying cloud, the frosty light;
The year is dying in the night; Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new, ring happy bells, across the snow;
The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind, for those that here we see no more;
Ring out the feud of rich and poor; Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause, and ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life; With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin, the faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes; But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood, the civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right; Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease, ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old; Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free, the larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land; Ring in the Christ that is to be.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1850

A Happy New Year to you!

The truth hurts

Graham Marshall - Friday, December 30, 2011

This is the last TGIF post for 2011 so lets end on one final universal truth about accidents. 

Although it's a funny, it contains something important to think about.  Enjoy your weekend. 


Construction HSE Team

Graham Marshall - Thursday, December 29, 2011

It's been a great year and I've really enjoyed working with a great bunch of Safety Professionals in the USA.

Dick Standridge, Wes Frisco, Graham Marshall (at back), Jim Pearson, Andrew Agnew, Jose Zetino, Joe Pips.


Thanks very much for making 2011 such a great year in the oil field!


Electrical Life Savers

Graham Marshall - Wednesday, December 28, 2011

I'm assuming that we all know that working with electricity is inherently hazardous because of the presence of the electrical hazard.  Without appropriate controls in place, working with electricity is particularly high risk.

In order to manage the risk associated with electrical work, Western Power, the utility company in Western Australia has developed a set of ten Safety LifeSavers which offer good advice to those involved with electrical work. 

The ten Safety LIfeSavers include the following practices:

+ Before working on electrical systems, you must have the appropriate qualifications and authorization;

+ Make sure to plan the job and understand roles and responsibilities;

+ Before starting any job involving electricity, ensure to have an appropriate permit and correct isolations and tags;

+ Test and confirm for the presence of electricity;

+ Apply appropriate earthing where required;

+ Use approved insulating mats and covers;

+ Comply with requirements for working up high;

+ Adequately control other site hazards associated with excavations, traffic and public safety;

+ Wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment; and

+ Always operate vehicles and other mobile plant safely when working around electrical sources.






Emergency Response Drills

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Any organization may experience emergencies in the form of unplanned events.

For that reason, an emergency management system should be in place to ensure that such events are able to be contained and controlled.

The emergency management system should be designed  to safeguard people first and to minimise the damage caused to the environment.

In Australia during 2011-11, the National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority (NOPSA)  conducted audits of the emergency management systems of 14 separate offshore petroleum facilities.

The inspections found that facility operators had implemented emergency management systems that were generally functional and maintained with personnel who were trained in emergency response.

The audits also revealed, however, a number of findings which can be used to highlight the need to improve emergency response capability in an industry.  These points include:

•  Drills undertaken which do not always cover all emergency controls;

 •  Drills which were overdue;

•  Mustering-points with inadequate location signage;

•  Emergency escape routes which were not clearly marked or had material obstructing the exit path;

•  Documented emergency response performance standards often are not comprehensive in terms of response times and sometimes are not tested during emergency drills; and

•  There were instances of inadequate debriefing following emergency drills.

It is clear from NOPSAs audits that opportunities for improvement exist for many facility operators.  Any facility may also review the list above in terms of their own operations and look for areas of improvements.

Michigan Safety Conference 2012

Graham Marshall - Monday, December 26, 2011

The 2012 Michigan Safety Conference is scheduled for April 17th to April 18th 2012, at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.
The conference promotes the improvement of safety and health practices in the workplace in Michigan and has been run every year since 1928.  That's quite a record! 

All businesses in Michigan are encouraged to send their employees responsible for health, safety and risk management operations.

The Conference will feature over 120 seminars and education classes and a trade show featuring in excess of 200 safety and health products.

For further information and conference booking, contact Denise McGinn on 517 203 0737. 

Merry Christmas from the Risk Tool Box

Graham Marshall - Sunday, December 25, 2011

Here's wishing all our readers a Happy Christmas from the Risk Tool Box.


Pollution Prevention Pays

Graham Marshall - Saturday, December 24, 2011

Pollution incidents occur every day as a result of spillage, accidents, negligence or vandalism – sometimes the
pollutants put human health at risk and often they devastate wildlife habitats.

All industrial and commercial sites which contain hazardous substances have the potential to damage the natural environment.

To cause or allow pollution is against the law.

And the wider-community is no longer prepared to accept businesses that do not take their environmental responsibilities seriously.

In the UK, Magistrates Courts can impose fines of up to £20,000 for pollution offences.

If a pollution case goes to the Crown Court there is no limit to the fine and business owners and operators could also go to prison.

The polluter will also have to pay clean-up and court costs.

Even if a case is not taken to court, the cost of repairing the damage to the environment has to be met; and these costs can be very large.

Insurance premiums will increase considerably if a claim for pollution clean-up is made.

So, reducing the risk of causing pollution makes good business sense.  And minimizing waste and pollution risk saves money by reducing operating costs.

In order to assist business to minimize pollution risk, the UK Environmental Agency has produced the Prevention Pollution Pays guide.  A copy of the guide is available by clicking here.

Delay to New WA OHS Legislation

Graham Marshall - Friday, December 23, 2011

The WA Government Commerce Minister, the Rt Hon., Simon O'Brien, has confirmed that the Barnett Government will delay the implementation of new Workplace Health and Safety Legislation until later in the 2012 calendar year.

According to the Minister, the original proposed date of 1st January 2012 did not provide enough time to determine the full impact on business in introducing a new set of laws, particularly those organizations in the small business sector.

Further information on the delay and OHS Legislation can be found on Worksafe's website.


Perth AOG Conference 2012

Graham Marshall - Thursday, December 22, 2011

Registration is now open for the Australasian Oil & Gas Exhibition & Conference.

Returning to the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre on 22 - 24 February 2012.

The AOG promises to cover the latest innovations in subsea, asset management, flow control, safety, and engineering.

Presentations are scheduled from over 450 of the world's leading local and international suppliers including:

+   Technip;

+   GE Oil & Gas;

+   Cameron;

+   Aker Solutions; and

+   Many more.
AOG 2012 will also provide plenty of opportunities to learn from industry experts and you can connect with over 15,000 attendees at the networking bars, the AOG Opening Party or the AOG Official Dinner.

Don't forget to visit the Risk Tool Box in the exhibition venue.


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