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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. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/uqFIFOsurvey

 

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.

Common Safety Training Program for Experienced Workers

Graham Marshall - Sunday, September 30, 2012

The APPEA industry forum on Tuesday 14th August 2012 identified that experienced workers (those with more than one year's industry experience) can have their Recognized Prior Learning ("RPL") status confirmed within the Common Safety Training Program (CSTP) if they have previously completed the Hazard and Risk Management Training Program offered by the Risk Tool Box.

According to the CSTP Independent Reviewer, the Risk Tool Box training program meets the Recognized Prior Learning status for the CSTP module "Identify Hazards and Assess Risk".

The confirmation of our RPL status by APPEA and the CSTP means that company's with offshore workers could save themselves thousands of dollars in future additional training costs.

That is because the Risk Tool Box training program already addresses the Step-back, Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) and Qualitative Risk Assessment RPL requirements within the CSTP framework.

The confirmation of RPL status for our training course is applicable to more than 10,000 employees and contractors who have completed our Stepback and JHA training. 

HSE Managers and/or Training Managers in the following company's should now check their records for evidence of their workers attending our hazard awareness and JHA training:

+   TK Shipping;
 
+   BHP Billiton;

+   Hess;

+   Santos;

+   ENI;

+   Transfield Worley;+   Shell Development Australia;

+   Chevron;

+   Woodside; and

+   Other smaller contractors and suppliers who work in offshore production and/or drilling facilities.

We will also continue to assist any company with its Hazard Awareness, Stepback, JHA, Risk Assessment and HazOp Training requirements using our industry-leading program. 

And unlike certain other organizations that have come to WA from Aberdeen, NSW, or elsewhere to make some quick cash from our boom, we're a proudly Australian business with a WA-developed program from the start back in 1998!

Energy Isolation and Lock-out, Tag-out for Pumping Units

Graham Marshall - Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Yesterday evening at the SPE/APPEA Innovation Awards Dinner, held as part of the 2012 SPE/APPEA International Conference on Health, Safety and Environment in Perth, the SPE/APPEA organizing committee presented the 2012 Safety Innovation Award to Hess Corporation and the Risk Management Tool Box.

The Risk Tool Box and Hess Corp were selected by APPEA/SPE to receive the Safety Innovation Award from nearly 50 applicants and then from six short-listed finalists including Woodside Energy, Chevron and Schlumberger.

Our innovative application, in which we developed and applied a new method of energy isolation and then lock-out, tag-out (LOTO) to oil well pumping units was chosen by SPE as being worthy of the Safety Innovation Award, and for that honour, we are truly very grateful to all concerned.

In making the application, Hess and the Risk Management Tool Box notified APPEA and SPE that we would make details of the energy isolation and LOTO safety device freely available to other business's in the E&P sector.

 

Listed below you will find the following Procedures and Procedure Audit Checklists which can be used to control the energy found in oil well pumping units, and can then lock-out, and tag-out the energy so it cannot be accidentally re-energized:

1.  A Procedure for installing the Pumping Unit safety device.  Click here;

2.  A Procedure for applying the PU safety device, once installed.  Click here;

3.  A Procedure Audit Checklist for the installation process.  Click here;

4.  A Procedure Audit Checklist for the application of the the PU safety device.  Click here; and

5.  Schematic diagrams for the energy control and lock-out, tag-out (LOTO) device.  Click here and here.

In order to promote safety across the oil patch, the documents listed above are provided with approval of, and courtesy of Hess Corporation.

 

CSTP Confirms Recognized Prior Learning for Risk Tool Box

Graham Marshall - Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Alf Standen (Independent Reviewer) has confirmed to Dr Graham Marshall of the Risk Tool Box, that offshore workers who have attended the Hazard and Risk Management Training Program offered by the Risk Tool Box over recent years may have "recognized prior learning" (RPL) status within the the Common Safety Training Program (CSTP) module called "Identify Hazards and Assess Risk".

According to the confirmation by the CSTP Independent Reviewer, workers who have completed the Risk Tool Box training program addressing Step-back, Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) and Qualitative Risk  Assessment may meet the RPL requirements within the CSTP framework."  

The confirmation was made verbally in response to a question put to Alf Standan.  In all cases, Organizations and individuals wishing to learn the status of RPL, should contact either APPEA or the independant reviewer for further confirmation of thier status.

According to the confirmation by CSTP Independent Reviewer, workers who have completed the Risk Tool Box training program addressing Step-back, Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) and Qualitative Risk Assessment may meet the RPL requirements within the CSTP framework.

The confirmation of RPL status for our training course may be applicable to more than 10,000 employees and contractors who have completed our Stepback and JHA training. 

We suggest that HSE Managers and/or Training Managers in the following organizations check their training matrix records for evidence of their workers attending our hazard management program since 1998:

+   Shell Development Australia;

+   Chevron;

+   Woodside;

+   BHP Billiton;

+   TK Shipping;
 
+   ENI;

+   Transfield Worley;

+   Hess;

+   Santos; and

+   Other smaller contractors and suppliers who work offshore on the NW Shelf or further afield.

Of course, we will be also happy to continue to assist any organization with its Hazard and Risk Management Training requirements for Stepback, JHA or Risk Assessment using our World-class program.

SPE/APPEA International HSE Innovation Awards

Graham Marshall - Sunday, August 19, 2012

On Friday 17th August, APPEA and the Society of Petroleum Engineer's (SPE) announced the finalists of the 2012 SPE/APPEA Health, Safety & Environment Innovation Awards.

According to APPEA, 42 entries were received, and all of a very high standard. 

Each submission was ranked using seven judging criteria – description of the problem or initiative, the solution, effectiveness, applicability to the rest of the industry, innovation, ownership and sustainability.

Through this process, seven finalists have been announced.

The successful finalists are:

• Hess Corporation – Application of Energy Control and Lock-out, Tag-out (LOTO) to Oil Well Pumping Units;

• Woodside Energy – Good Day Frequency – Woodside’s new measure for HSE performance;

• Oil Spill Response Limited – Freezing Moments;

• Chevron Australia – Gorgon Shore Crossing on Barrow Island;

• Chevron Australia – Control Charts: An innovative approach for ecological impact assessment of rare species;

• Schlumberger – HSE for Youth; and

• Chevron Nigeria – Workplace Wellness Initiative.

The Risk Tool Box would like to congratulate all the finalists but particularly to our customers at Hess Corporation in North Dakota for their success.

Sub-sea First Response Toolkit (SFRT)

Graham Marshall - Saturday, July 07, 2012

Twelve of the World's largest oil and gas companies have committed $25.2 million towards an Australian industry program to deal with the potential for uncontrolled oil and gas leaks.

Woodside Petroleum is joined by Royal Dutch Shell, Apache, Chevron, BHP Billiton, ConocoPhillips, Eni, INPEX, Santos, ExxonMobil, PTTP, and BP.  Each partner has committed $2.1 million to the new program.

The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) will co-ordinate the program and the 12 companies will commit the funds over five years to ensure access to a sub-sea first response toolkit (SFRT).

The SFRT is designed to address the risk of any uncontrolled discharge from offshore sub-sea oil and gas wells.

The specialized equipment will be located in Australia and contracted through the industry-funded Australian Marine Oil Spill Center (AMOSC) for immediate mobilization if there is an sub-sea blow-out.

The SFRT contains all equipment needed to clean the area around the wellhead, enable intervention and prepare for relief well drilling and safe installation of a capping device.

All Australian offshore operators will be able to access the SFRT on an affordable basis.

Speaking at the launch of the program, APPEA chief executive David Byers said "The continued development of offshore oil and gas is essential for Australia's prosperity and energy security, but the industry must ensure we have access to the latest systems, technology and expertise to achieve the highest standards for our environment and safety performance."

Mr Byers said the Montara and Macondo offshore oil spill disasters, and subsequent inquiry recommendations, had highlighted the need for the international offshore petroleum exploration and production industry to create a capability for fast and effective response to uncontrolled hydrocarbons releases.

 

Australian Gas Technology Conference and Exhibition

Graham Marshall - Monday, May 28, 2012

The Australian Gas Technology Conference will take place between the 25th and 27th July, 2012 at the Perth Conference Centre in Western Australia.

The AGT Conference has been developed by a select committee chaired by The University of Western Australia, Energy and Minerals Institute.

The AGT Conference includes presentations from Chevron, Woodside and Shell and the program includes sessions on:
 
• Gas Technology;
 
• Innovation;
 
• Unconventional Gas and Energy Security;
 
• Resourcing Skills Shortage; and
 
• Geosequestration.

 

 


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