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European's Agree on Seveso III Directive

Graham Marshall - Sunday, May 06, 2012

On 1st June 2015, further stringent requirements will be applied to UK and European companies classified ‘SEVESO’ in order to prevent and control accidents involving hazardous substances.

The Seveso III Directive will apply to around 10,000 establishments in the Uk and the rest of the EU.  Its main objectives will be:

+   Defining the hazardous substances falling within the scope of the directive;

+   Align which hazardous substances are included/excluded, that do/do not present a major-accident hazard;

+   Strengthen provisions about access to information, participation in decision-making and access to justice;

+   Improve the way information is collected, managed, made available and shared; and

+   Introduce stricter standards for inspections to ensure  implementation and enforcement of safety rules.

To read the EU Press release regarding the implementation of the Seveso III Directive, simply click here.


ProSafe 2012

Graham Marshall - Saturday, May 05, 2012

The 4th Annual "ProSafe" Conference for 2012 will take place in Brisbane (Queensland) this month on 28th-29th May.

The Prosafe 2012 Conference Brochure and Registration details can be found by clicking here.

The Conference has some great speakers, including my ex-colleague from Woodside - Richard Pocock, and personal friend Dan Quick from Chevron, and customer from BHP-days - Robin Wright.  A great line-up of West Aussie HSE experts!

Conference topics being discussed revolve around process safety, operational excellence, Safety in Design, and legal compliance.

Get along to Prosafe 2012 if you can.


Stand Together for Safety 2012

Graham Marshall - Saturday, May 05, 2012

In 1953, West Australian Petroleum Pty Ltd (WAPET) discovered high-grade crude oil in its Rough Range-1 well, drilled near Exmouth in WA.  The first oil discovered in Western Australia.

In response to its early success, WAPET continued with its onshore exploration in the Rough Range, going on to drill a further ten exploratory wells - all were dusters.

WAPET, however, had deemed it unnecessary to acquire much of the offshore Carnarvon and Canning basins, as it was then beyond the reach of existing technology to explore and produce in the offshore environment.

Instead, the offshore area of the Carnarvon and Canning basins would be taken up by Woodside in 1963.

At the time, Woodside's offshore projects were "unconventional" sources of hydrocarbons in so much as they required greater than industry-standard levels of technology and investment to harvest.  But they've gone on to create vast wealth for the State of Western Australia, thousands of jobs, and a plentiful energy supply for society.

If we fast forward the 59 years to 2012, our generation of oil-field professionals stand on the cusp of a new "unconventional" hydrocarbon revolution which is likely to dwarf the Northwest shelf endeavors of the earlier generation.

The unconventional today are those relating to shale gas to be found in four main prospective areas across Australia.

The prospective areas are the Cooper Basin in SA and Queensland, the Maryborough Basin in Queensland, and the Perth Basin and Canning Basin in WA.

According to a report commissioned by the U.S. Energy Information Agency (June, 2011), Australia has 396 trillion cubic feet of technically recoverable "unconventional" shale gas across the four basins.

This is equivalent to about 20 per cent of the combined equivalent resources of Canada, Mexico and the United States. 

Although there is huge potential for the shale gas in Australia, activity is still very much in its infancy. 

There have been very few exploration wells drilled, no appraisal programs conducted, and no commercial production.

There have been, however, public protests about the environmental implications of exploitation of unconventional shale gas; particularly about hydraulic fracturing.

Because the organized environmental lobby is already running its mis-information campaign on unconventionals; in order to achieve success with unconventional shale gas in Australia, all players must focus maximum effort on appropriate risk management and in ensuring operations are coordinated safely across the project life-cycle.

Procedures, processes, supervision and leadership for HSE need to be in place across:

+   Front end civil works for road constructions, pad development and such like;

+   Drilling operations;

+   Hydraulic fracturing;

+   Coil Tubing;

+   Flowback;

+   Well completion rigs;

+   Production construction and pipelines;

+   Production Operations; and

+   On-going maintenance and operations.

The community must be convinced by our efforts at risk management.  We must stand together for safety in order to ensure the viability and society-wide benefits to be gained by exploiting shale gas across Australia. 

At the Risk Tool Box, we look to APPEA to take the lead role in moving the industry focus beyond the now-conventional exploration and production on the NW Shelf, Bass Strait and the Cooper basin, and get Australia moving on into the unconventional future.

And we're already doing our bit to make sure safety is paramount across the unconventionals life-cycle.



Job Safety Analysis Training Syllabus

Graham Marshall - Friday, May 04, 2012

APPEA Conference Exhibition 2012

Graham Marshall - Thursday, May 03, 2012

The APPEA 2012 Conference Exhibition will take place in Adelaide from 13th to 16th May 2012. 

For any registration queries, please contact

Child deaths in USA down 30 per cent

Graham Marshall - Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Over the nine year period from 2000 - 2009, child deaths resulting from accidental causes have fallen almost 30 per cent in the United States.

That result is estimated to equate to 11,000 children being saved from accidental death.

But accidental death still remains the major killer of children aged one-year to nineteen in the USA, with around 9,000 youths being killed each year in motor-vehicle accidents, fires, poisoning, drowning, falls and other accidents.

The major reduction in accidents over the last ten-years, has, however, come about due to reductions in traffic-related deaths.

Among the reasons for the fall (according to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention) are improvements in the installation and use of child booster seats and the introduction of graduated drivers' licensing systems for teenage and learner drivers.

Even so, the youth accident figures for 2009 make sobering reading:

+   9,000 deaths;

+   225,000 hospitalizations;

+   8.4 million visits to hospital emergency departments; and

+   $11.5 Billion in medical costs.



Free Hazard Management Book

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, May 01, 2012

We've had a great start to 2012 and to continue the run this month, we're offering a free electronic copy of our Hazard Spotting Guide (RRP AUD $33.00) with every purchase of the award-winning Job Safety Analysis Manual.

Every purchase of the JSA Manual made in May 2012 will also receive a free copy of our Hazard Spotting Guide

We reckon that's a great deal

To purchase your JSA Manual, simply click here.

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