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APPEA Onshore Gas Conference Adelaide

Graham Marshall - Monday, August 26, 2013

The 2013 APPEA Onshore Gas Conference will take place in 2013 in Adelaide on 1st - 2nd October.

The Conference bills itself as the one event anyone serious about doing business in Australia's growing onshore gas market should attend.

APPEA has just released the program for the Onshore Gas Conference and Exhibition.

Key speakers include:

•  The Hon Jay Weatherill MP, Premier of South Australia;

•  The Hon Adam Giles MLA, Chief Minister, Northern Territory;

•  Martin Ferguson AM MP, Member for Batman;

•  David Byers, Chief Executive, APPEA;

•  James Baulderstone, Vice President, Eastern Australia, Santos Limited;

•  Rod Duke, Vice President Downstream GLNG, Santos Limited;

•  Derek Fisher, Managing Director, QGC, A BG Group Business;

•  Page Maxson, Chief Executive Officer, Australia Pacific LNG;

•  Reg Nelson, Managing Director, Beach Energy Limited;

•  Central Australia Asset Manager, Chevron Australia;

•  Kevin Stevenson, Central Australia Asset Manager, Chevron;

•  Dr Paul Vogel, Chairman, Environmental Protection Authority of Western Australia; and

•  Paul Zealand, Chief Executive Officer Upstream, Origin Energy Limited

National Road Safety Partnership Program

Graham Marshall - Thursday, August 08, 2013

A National Road Safety Partnership Program is to be established launched later this year.

The Program will be organized by a steering committee made up of road-transport risk management personnel from Shell, BHP Billiton, Rio-Tinto, Coca-Cola, Telstra, Toll Group and Holden.

The Program will assist businesses to share information about how to improve road safety in their workplace.

At the moment, Work-related road crashes cause half of all occupational fatalities in Australia and 15 per cent of the Australian road toll.

As almost half of the new vehicles sold in Australia each year are purchased by businesses, there is an opportunity for them to have a significant impact on road safety.

The steering committee is currently working on the establishment of a website to provide an interactive source for businesses of all sizes to share information about improving workplace road safety.

We at the Risk Management Tool Box welcome the initiative, and feel it is about time that business took the lead in road safety given the failings of Government in this area.

As part of the Program, we urge all businesses in Australia to sign-on to support the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.

The objective of the Decade of Action is to stabilize and then reduce global road fatalities by 2020.

Construction Dust and Health

Graham Marshall - Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Construction dust is a problem if not managed appropriately.

Regularly breathing in construction dust over a long period of time can cause life-changing lung diseases.

Employers in the construction industry need to know what to do to prevent or adequately control construction dust risks.

Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) and workers also need to know about the risk posed by construction dust; and how to protect themselves against the hazard.

To view an information leaflet from the UK HSE on this important topic, just click here.

 

 

Danger to Young Workers During Holidays

Graham Marshall - Monday, August 05, 2013

According to the British Safety Council, young workers are at greatest risk of accidents at work during the first few months of a new job.

And with the summer holidays starting now, employers need to pay extra attention to the health and safety of young people hired for holiday work.

By taking some simple steps, the risk of injury to young workers can be easily reduced.

Good leadership is the key in preventing injury to  young people at the start of their working lives.

Organizations need to ensure that safe and healthy work practices are the rule; and that they have a culture that promotes and values safe behaviour.

The first step is to identify the hazards to young workers.

What are the hazards associated with lifting, working at height, using machinery, moving around the site, using chemicals, and such like.

Then using the knowledge of experienced staff, perform necessary risk assessments.

The risk assessments should help management to decide how best to control the hazards faced by young workers.

Reducing the risk profile of the business by adequate hazard management is crucial to achieve the vision that no young workers are injured or killed at work.

UK Explosives Legislation Review

Graham Marshall - Thursday, August 01, 2013

The UK Health and Safety Executive (UK HSE) is holding a public consultation on consolidated regulations that will simplify the safety laws for manufacturing, handling and storing explosives.

The consolidated set of regulations include European requirements in relation to product safety.

The UK HSE is seeking input from businesses and stakeholders through an eight-week public consultation that began on 30 July 2013.

Interested party's may include industry, other Government departments, third sector groups, and individual.

The consultative document and details of how to respond to the consultation are available on the HSE website.

The objective of the review is to assist UK HSE to remove duplicate provisions in existing legislation and minimize potential confusion by producing a single set of common definitions.

As a result of the consolidation HSE will produce a new suite of overarching guidance identifying the principles of safe and secure operation, supplemented by sub-sector specific guidance.

Subject to the consultation, it is intended that these will replace the Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for the Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Regulations 2005 and the current explosive guidance.

The consolidation process is one of the recommendations of the review of health and safety undertaken by Professor Ragnar Löfstedt.

Subject to the outcome of the consultation and ministerial approval, the consolidated Regulations will come into effect from October 2014.


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