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CCPS Middle East Regional Meeting

Graham Marshall - Monday, September 30, 2013
The good folks at the Centre for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) are hosting their 1st CCPS Middle East Regional Meeting.

The meeting is taking place on October 7th 2013 in Dubai at the Park Hyatt Hotel.

Registration is still open but with limited seats now available. 

And best of all, attendance of this meeting is free, therefore be sure to register pretty quickly.

Plus, the CCPS has negotiated a discounted room rate at the Park Hyatt Dubai.

So reserve your guest room, use the group code F200.

The CCPS meeting is designed to provide a platform to Process Safety Management leaders and professionals to share their knowledge and experience among other CCPS member companies. 

For more information on sponsorships or attendance, please visit the CCPS Website or contact Umesh Dhake, or Lamese Bader at CCPS.

ATSB Hot Work Safety Video

Graham Marshall - Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is urging all maritime workers and boat owners to watch a short online safety video that features an accident involving a crew member on board a ship who was tragically killed by an explosion while cutting a used 200 litre drum with an angle grinder.

The ATSB has investigated several accidents involving "hot-work" cutting of used fuel drums in the marine industry.

In all cases, the  accidents could have been prevented if the workers had just given some time to think about the hazards involved and followed proper "hot-work" procedures.

The video provides a powerful reminder to all seafarers of the need to take make sure that hazards involved in "hot-work" are appropriately managed.

To view the video, click this link.

ECU OHS Course Accredited

Graham Marshall - Saturday, September 28, 2013

Edith Cowan University in Perth is the first Australian University to have its OSH courses accredited by the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board.

Accreditation applies the both the graduate diploma and masters degree courses offered by ECU.

The significance of accreditation to ECU is that its courses are now bench-marked against the new national model of OHS education.

Accreditation provides confidence and certainty about the capabilities of OHS professionals who provide advice and guidance in industrial settings.

ECU is the only University of the 15 in Australia that provide OHS courses to have been accredited.


Danger of Dropped Casing

Graham Marshall - Thursday, September 19, 2013

Here is another in the excellent series of Safety Alerts put out by APPEA. This time, highlighting the need for good procedures when TIH or TOH with casing during rig operations.

Talk to us about writing good Procedures for completions operations.

Compressed Air Testing Bad Idea

Graham Marshall - Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Whenever possible, pressure test equipment using water (hydrostatic test) or another non-hazardous liquid.

Water is a non-compressible fluid, and water at a given pressure contains a lot less energy than a compressed gas such as air. 

Think about the difference in the sound of bursting a balloon filled with water compared to one filled with air. 

The air filled balloon “pops”, but the water filled balloon does not make much noise.

Before you start a pressure test, think about the consequences if a failure occurs. 

Take precautions so that people are not at risk during the test. 

Remember that it is a test – what happens if the equipment fails the test?

Do not rely on valves only to isolate equipment being tested from other equipment that is not strong enough to withstand the test pressure. 

Provide positive isolation with blinds or physical disconnection of piping.

Use an approved written pressure testing procedure, and follow it rigorously.

Post warning signs and restrict access to places where pressure testing is being done.

Make sure that people who are not directly involved in the test are not allowed in the area for any reason.

If you must use pressurized gas for a test, do a thorough safety review before conducting the test.

Water Pump Explosions

Graham Marshall - Friday, September 06, 2013

One Fatality Every Three Weeks in WA

Graham Marshall - Thursday, September 05, 2013
WorkSafe in Western Australia has reported on new figures which demonstrate that one West Australian worker dies every 21 days as a result of a work related accident

Statistics compiled between 2008 and 2013 showed 5,350 workers suffered very severe injuries in total, with at least one fatality occurring every three weeks.

At the Risk Tool Box, we know that all of those accidents could have been prevented if the hazards were correctly identified and managed. 

Effective hazard management is essential to your safety and the safety of those you work with. 

Do you know how to identify, assess, and control  workplace hazards?

As the Worksafe statistics clearly demonstrate, workplace accidents occur every day. 

But most accidents are  preventable, particularly when the correct hazard management process is used.

For many years now, the Risk Tool Box has been at the forefront of equiping workers with the knowledge and skills to apply the hazard management process to assist in managing risk and maintaining an injury-free workplace.

Our training courses are modular and aimed at any individual who may be exposed to hazards in their workplace.

On completion of our course, workers are able to:

1. Define the Hazard and Risk Management Process;

2. Identify hazards and assess triggering factors;

3. Understand incidents and the potential consequences which could occur when things go wrong;

4. Select and implement controls using the hierarchy of control;

5. Monitor and review controls, ensuring that emergency situations are quickly dealt with; and

6. Record the results of the hazard management process using hazard spotting or JSA.

For more information about our award winning program, call Dr Graham Marshall on 0408 472 678.

NOPSEMA Safety Culture Workshop

Graham Marshall - Wednesday, September 04, 2013
NOPSEMA in Australia is facilitating a workshop on safety culture.

The workshop will take place at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on Monday 21 October commencing at 8:30am.

Dr Mark Fleming, a safety culture specialist with twenty years’ experience in offshore oil and gas has been engaged to facilitate the workshop. 

According to NOPSEMA, the highly interactive half-day workshop will comprise presentations and group exercises to raise safety culture awareness.  

The workshop aims to provide participants with a common understanding of the current thoughts and behaviours that lead to a positive safety culture and improved safety performance.

The Nineteenth RoSPA Conference in Glasgow

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, September 03, 2013
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (Scotland) will this year, hold its Occupational Safety and Health Congress in Glasgow on the 18th September 2013.

The Conference will take place at the Hilton Glasgow Hotel, 1 William Street, Glasgow G3 8HT.

The 19th RoSPA Conference will showcase Scotland’s vibrant OHS community, through case studies and best practice advice.

Programme highlights include:

Innovative health and safety initiatives at work in Scotland.

Mental health at work – are your actions helping or hindering it?

Dr Andrew Cottam, Health and Safety Executive, will be speaking about HSE's recently launched 'Managing for Health and Safety' guidance.

For more information and booking please call 0121 248 2089.

Hyponatremia Risk in Australia

Graham Marshall - Monday, September 02, 2013
As we come into early Spring in Australia, and the temperature begins to climb again, now is the time for organizations to be reviewing controls in place for work in hot weather.

One area that is often not considered by organizations is the risk associated with Hyponatremia – a potentially fatal condition caused when levels of sodium in the body become dangerously low.

Symptoms of hyponatremia can appear similar to those of heatstroke.

They include headaches, fatigue, restlessness, irritability and confusion. 

If untreated, seizures or coma leading to brain damage and even death can occur.

You've probably heard about Hyponatremia in relation to death's at nightclubs annd "raves" associated with the use of illegal drugs like ecstasy.

The primary cause of Hyponatremia is overhydration due to consumption off too much water.

This occurs when the body takes in more water than it excretes, diluting the body's normal levels of sodium.

Under normal conditions, a healthy adult would need to consume more than nine litres of water a day to become overhydrated. 

Workers who are not properly acclimatised to their environment are at increased risk, as sodium levels can drop further through perspiration during moderate physical work.

To manage the risk posed by Hyponatremia, there are some basic steps which can be undertaken.

Firstly, it is necessary to ensure that new workers are given sufficient time to adjust to hot working conditions offshore.

This is particularly important for workers who usually live in a different climate. 

Secondly, if the consumption of electrolyte drinks is promoted at work, ensure the correct concentration levels are met based on the environment and workload. 

Thirdly, consideration should also be given to the total dissolved salts in the drinking water at the work location, as levels will vary depending on the water source.

For more information and further guidance in managing work in hot environments, operators may refer to the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH) document ‘Heat Stress Standard & Documentation Developed for Use in the Australian Environment.’

Contact the AIOH to obtain a copy.

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