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Graham Marshall - Friday, December 21, 2012

Thank god it's Friday.  And the start of the holidays.  Happy Christmas!



Swire Oilfield Services - Safety Recall

Graham Marshall - Thursday, December 20, 2012

Swire Oilfield Services is recalling its mini-bins with serial numbers in the range AMF 651 to AMF 1104.

These bins have a structural defect which may lead to the hinge pins failing.

A safety Alert about this matter from the Marine Safety Forum is reproduced below:



Safety Alert - Fall from Height

Graham Marshall - Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Enclosed here is another safety alert from the good folks over at the Marine Safety Forum.

It illustrates how not considering all the risk factors associated with a given task can result in a serious incident.

The importance of checking-over the actual area where work is to take place is important, and should be reflected on every JHA.

Human Factors in Health and Safety

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, December 18, 2012

At the Risk Tool Box, we've noticed over the previous 15-years or so that there is an increasing emphasis on the type of work we do and the importance of managing ‘human factors’ to achieve improved safety and business performance in high-reliability industries.

It is now established that human, rather than technical failures represent the greatest threat to complex and potentially hazardous systems.

Commencing in 2013, the IChemE will offer a one-year programme leading to a recognized Certificate in Human Factors.  The programme will comprise four intensive two-day events supported by course reading and will take place at the Mercure Hotel in Perth, Western Australia.

The programme will be of particular interest to:

•   Human factors advisors;

•   Operations managers;

•   HSE advisors and specialists; and

•   Industry regulators.

The two-day events include the following modules on the associated dates:

Module 1 - An introduction to Human Factors (6-7 February 2013);

Module 2 - Human reliability and failure (29-30 May 2013);

Module 3 - Organisational issues (4-5 September 2013); and

Module 4 - Human factors and design (5-6 February 2014).

This basic structure of the course for two audiences, specifically:

•  Those who want to complete the whole programme, who would complete the initial consultancy skills pre-reading, and all four two-day events, leading to an IChemE and Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors Certificate of Course Completion; and

•  Those who wish to attend single events (subject to availability).

For further details contact: IChemE in Australia, Level 7, 455 Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000, +61 (0)3 9642 4495 or

Safety Alert for Food Preparation with Eggs

Graham Marshall - Monday, December 17, 2012

According to the NOPSEMA safety alert (see below), there has been an outbreak of gastroenteritis on an Australian offshore facility which has resulted in 40 members of the workforce becoming sick and leading to severe disruption of offshore operations.

Salmonella linked to poorly stored eggs has been identified as the cause of the illnesses.

Eggs were being stored in the galley at room temperature for up to 24 hours and adjacent to hot appliances which heated the eggs further.

The eggs were also being used to make mayonnaise and tartare sauce without being cooked.

To avoid this type of incident, eggs need to be kept at temperatures either below 5C when being stored.

Other egg handling practices include:

 Use only whole (i.e. uncracked), clean eggs;

 Thoroughly clean hands, surfaces and utensils before and after working with raw eggs;

 Keep all food containing raw egg well away from ready-to-eat foods (such as prepared salads or sandwiches);

 Use pasteurised egg products for foods that will not be cooked; such as mayonnaise, eggnog, salad dressings;

 If you choose to prepare dishes containing raw or undercooked egg you should prepare the dish as close to consumption as possible, using eggs you have just freshly broken open, store the dish under refrigeration between preparing and serving; and

 Refrigerate any leftover eggs promptly, and discard these within 24 hours.


FIFO Worker Survey

Graham Marshall - Sunday, December 16, 2012

Are you a FIFO worker in the Australian resources sector?

The Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) and the Minerals Safety and Health Centre (MISHC) at the University of Queensland are conducting a survey of FIFO (and other non-residential) resource industry workers.

The purpose of this study is to better understand how different accommodation options may impact on the health, wellbeing and job satisfaction of non-resident workers. So if you are a fly-in fly-out (FIFO), drive in drive out (DIDO) or bus in bus out (BIBO) worker, the CSRM would like to hear from you.

Please click on the following link and let us know your views.


Process Safety Beacon - December 2012

Graham Marshall - Saturday, December 15, 2012

This month's Process Safety Beacon touches on a particular passion of the Risk Tool Box - house keeping.

We've previously argued in our blog that house-keeping is a perfect example of a safety "one per-center".

That is, it is so easy to achieve good positive house-keeping, that if your safety program is failing at that level, then the much harder targets are going to be very difficult to achieve.

We always place a step into our written procedures to remind workers of the importance of house-keeping.

The Beacon makes the excellent point that allowing poor house-keeping "normalizes deviation" to the extent that poor performance becomes accepted.  The beacon is available below and makes some other good points.

Drill Pipe Falls to Drill Rig Floor

Graham Marshall - Friday, December 14, 2012

The critical requirement for drilling operations to apply good procedures is illustrated in this APPEA safety alert which shows how a Chevron drill rig off Australia allowed incorrect elevator inserts to be used.

The result of not having/not following a robust procedure on the drill floor was that a stand of drill pipe fell 6 meters to the drill floor below.

The potential for a fatality under such circumstance is high.

Common Problems With JSAs

Graham Marshall - Thursday, December 13, 2012

At the Risk Tool Box, we'd like to think that we've been at the forefront of promoting the proper use of JSA in the oil-field for the last 15-years.

We've seen just about every failing in JSA that there is to see; and we've been involved in helping numerous organizations to improve their JSA capability. 

We know that JSA is one of the most important risk management tools.  That's where we got the name for our business!

So this safety alert from APPEA shows a common failing in JSA which has been highlighted by the folks at Chevron.

The failure involves a lack of reassessment of the work following changes in the way the job was organized.

There is always a temptation amongst many workers to "get her done", and this leads to rushing-in without the necessary re-assessment when a job changes.  Revisiting the JSA is critical to maintain the currency of the control mechanisms.

Chevron needs to encourage its workforce to take the time, plan, and re-plan if things change.  To read the rest of the safety alert, see below.





Always Inspect Rigging Prior to Crane Lifts

Graham Marshall - Wednesday, December 12, 2012

This safety alert from APPEA highlights how a drill rig engaged by Chevron in Australia was involved in an incident in which a bolt torque wrench weighing-in at 70 KG fell 14 metres through the rotary table to the transporter below.

The dropped-object incident occurred when an eye-bolt on the torque wrench was used as the primary lifting point during rigging-up of the item prior to lift.

The eye-bolt was previously damaged and was not adequately inspected prior to the lift.  It subsequently failed under load.  The rest of the safety alert is shown below.

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