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Annual Report for the Risk Management Tool Box

Graham Marshall - Saturday, December 29, 2012

The shareholders of the Risk Management Tool Box Pty Ltd are pleased to publish the Business' Performance Results for 2012.

We know that open and honest talking with our stake-holders is important to building trust and earning respect.

We therefore openly provide information about our business, including reporting our performance against our annual targets.

2012 was another excellent year for our business.

Although there has been a gloomy global economic climate, our continued focus on the core business needs of our cornerstone customers ensured we've weathered the storm. 

In 2012 we benefited from our business' continued presence in the economic powerhouse of Western Australia, and our recognition of the future role of "unconventionals".

Our strategic focus on the needs of our key customers in "unconventionals" in the three "boom" areas of WA, coal-seam gas around Roma in the Surat Basin in Queensland, and in the "black-gold" boom in the Bakken in North Dakota, USA has kept us 100% busy throughout 2012.

Key accomplishments for the Risk Tool Box in 2012 include:

•  Co-winning with Hess Corporation, the Society of Petroleum Engineers' (SPE) and APPEAs Global Safety Innovation Award for 2012;

•  Broadening our knowledge and understanding about risk management requirements in unconventional oil and gas - particularly around "completion operations" and "frac";

•  Exceeding cash-flow and profitability targets;

•  Continuing to run a debt-free and cash-flow positive business for another straight year;

•  Meeting our tax obligations to the ATO;

•  Developing and commercialising our Hazard Observation Program with field-based trials with Eni (Australia);

•  Continuing our program of charitable donations throughout 2012;

•  Not recording any lost-time injuries;

•  Continuing to publish our Risk Tool Box safety blog as a free industry resource on a daily basis; and

•  Having a lot of fun along the way!

Unfortunately, we did not meet all of our targets. Performance was not as good as we had hoped in the following areas:

•  Our 49% shareholding in Eveleigh Consulting Pty Ltd (formerly trading as An Mea WA) has once again proved a great disapointment - with $0 delivered against our investment by Steve Williams and Sean O'Donnell, the management team of that business; and

•  We have not been successful in recruiting the people we need to grow the training-arm of our business;

But, despite those minor setbacks, we will continue to focus on our strong relationships with existing clients in Santos, Hess, Shell Development Australia and Fremantle Ports.

We will also continue to leverage the strengths of our staff in delivering high quality work from our offices in Perth to:

•  Consolidate and grow relationships with existing clients; and

•  Diversify our client base in our target industry sectors of oil and gas, particularly those involved in "unconventional" hydrocarbons.

Growth will be delivered by maintaining our office in Perth, and enhancing our training program with new customers.

Our strategy for 2012 has delivered value to our shareholders. It’s great to continue to return strong profitability and to reward the hard work of our staff by once again paying profit-based bonuses in 2012.

We are very confident that our continued presence in Perth, Roma (QLD), and in the Bakken, and our current focus on "unconventional" hydrocarbons means we're on the leading edge of the breaking wave in energy supply.

We are excited about our future and our growth plans are realistic and sustainable.

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.


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!

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.

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.


Controlling Laundry Fires

Graham Marshall - Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A recent fire in the laundry of Eni Australia's Onshore Gas Plant (Wadeye OGP) shows the need to operate and maintain laundry equipment in a safe way.

The keys to safe laundry work are good housekeeping and following the equipment makers instructions.

Why do laundy's catch fire?

The typical triggering mechanisms for laundry room fires include:

Firstly, the build up of lint which is not removed in accordance with manufacturers instructions.

Typically, lint builds up and is allowed to enter the internal section of the tumble-dryer where it comes into contact with the heater element prior to combustion.

Lint can also build up on air outlet of the dryer leading to a concentration of combustible material in the region of the air outlet.

Secondly, partially dried laundry can be taken out of a dryer prior to completion of the cooling cycle.

The problem here is that laundry removed before the completion of the cooling cycle has the potential to self heat and auto-combust.

Thirdly, if laundered items contaminated with organic oil residues (often found on tea towels) are overloaded into a tumble-dryer, self heating of the closely-packed items can cause ignition of the oils.

Finally, items other than laundry are sometimes mistakenly or deliberately placed in tumble-dryers and this can lead to combustion within the dryer.

What solutions are available?

1.  Regularly clean tumble-dryer lint filters.

2.  Vacuum tumble-dryer air outlets to remove the build up of lint.

3.  Always leave laundered items inside the tumble-dryer until the full cooling cycle is complete.

4.  Ensure laundered items that could contain organic oils are properly cleaned before loading into a dryer.
5.  Never overload a tumble-dryer.

6.  Check in the pockets of clothes or other places where combustible items could be concealed.

7.  Never attempt to dry combustible items inside a tumble-dryer.


Helicopter Passenger Safety Information

Graham Marshall - Saturday, August 27, 2011
Over the last few  weeks I've noticed a big number of hits on my safety blog regarding the post I made on 22nd July 2011 about the Super Pumer Helicopter crash involving Eni Australia employees at Port Keats (Wadeye Onshore Gas Plant).

A number of posts to the blog have been in regard to asking about passenger protocols for helicopter transits.

A number of years ago, at the request of Woodside Energy Ltd, I worked with a small team of other HSE folks from Woodside to develop a JSA covering the main passenger behaviours and controls to assist in safer helio-transits.

The JSA is one of the 46 others available within the JSA Manual advertised directly below this blog post.



Super Puma Crash at Wadeye

Graham Marshall - Friday, July 22, 2011
Three Eni Australia employees and two crew have walked away with minor injuries from a dramatic crash involving a Super Puma Helicopter whilst it was taxiing at Port Keats airstrip in the Northern Territory.

Remarkable photographs taken by eyewitness Graham Irwin appear to show the helicopter rotors striking a light pole immediately prior to flipping the aircraft onto its side and throwing debris across a wide area of the Wadeye community airstrip.

Luckily, another group of about a dozen passengers had just boarded a small Metroliner aircraft which protected them from the force of the crash.  The Metroliner aircraft was also severely damaged in the incident.

I've made many trips to Eni's Onshore Gas Plant (OGP) at Wadeye and wish everyone impacted by the crash a speedy recovery.

The dramatic photographs of the crash can be viewed by clicking here.

How Mature is your Safety Culture?

Graham Marshall - Thursday, June 30, 2011
When you're walking around your workplace, you can do a quick measure of your safety culture by thinking about the following HSE characteristics you see.  Which ones most closely mirror your culture?

Characteristic of an immature safety culture                                                    Characteristic of a mature safety culture
People do not know or follow HSE rules                                                                       Everyone is following the HSE rules
People don't intervene even if they see a problem                                                      Everyone will intervene in problems
There is no follow up on reported HSE problems                                                       HSE problems get followed up
There is no recognition for good practices                                                                   Good practices are celebrated
There are no consequences for breaches of rules                                                    There are clear & certain consequences
Management don't do what they say                                                                              Management do what they say
There are few safety role-models                                                                                   There are lots of positive role-models
There are no safety conversations                                                                                 Safety is talked about a lot
Safety isn't mentioned in team meetings                                                                      Safety is in every meeting agenda
Management is invisible to the workers                                                                        Managers are visible and well known
Safety has no visible presence on site                                                                         Safety is highly visible
No one knows the organizations HSE objectives                                                       HSE objectives are known

What kind of culture exists in your work place? 

What tools are you using to get better?       

At the Risk Tool Box, over the years we've assisted organizations like Shell Development Australia, Eni, Ngarda Civil and Mining, Teekay Shipping, WMC Resources, Sandvik and Woodside to better understand their existing HSE culture and to develop HSE plans to move to more mature forms of HSE culture.

Contact me if you'd like to know more about our services in this area.             


Eni Australia HSE Team

Graham Marshall - Monday, May 23, 2011
From today, Eni Australia are located at the following new address:

226 Adelaide Terrace
WA 6000

+ 61 8 9320 1111

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