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North Dakota Energy Day 2017

Graham Marshall - Monday, March 27, 2017

North Dakota's Energy Day 2017 took place recently and was a great success.

There is a really great little slideshow from this years North Dakota Energy Day here.


Risk Tool Box Awarded Major Contract

Graham Marshall - Friday, February 15, 2013

We're pleased to announce that the Risk Management Tool Box has been awarded another major contract to continue the work we've been doing in the North Dakota  Bakken unconventional oil field for the previous several years.

The contract runs for the whole of 2013 and we start working in ND again from Monday 25th February.

This scope of work recognized the Risk Tool Box as Australia's leading HSE practioner in regard to drilling and completions and fracture simulation (so called "fracking") in unconventional shale oil and coal seam methane.

And contracts of this size demonstrate the continued sustainability of our risk management business - now in our 5th year of operation.

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.

Risk Tool Box News

Graham Marshall - Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Risk Management Toolbox Pty Ltd has been awarded a new scope of work by Hess Corporation to start forthwith and covering a project to develop procedures for use in the Bakken Oilfield in North Dakota.

 

The workscope is for a nine week period and begins on the 15th October.  Our staff are currently mobilizing to ND to initiate the project for Hess.

We are once again looking forward to working in the USA.

 

 

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 HSE Innovation Awards

Graham Marshall - Saturday, September 01, 2012

We 're so pleased to be a selected Finalist for the 2012 SPE and APPEA HSE Innovation Awards, to be presented at the formal dinner at the SPE International HSE Conference in Perth on the 11th September that we've decided to make September a "buy-one" and "get-one-free" month for our award winning JSAs.

So for any JSA you purchase throughout September, we'll send you another one completely for free.  Fantastic!

Our accepted co-entry - alongside Hess Corporation - was for an innovative engineered solution to energy isolation and Lock-out, tack-out (LOTO) on oil-field pump-jacks.

 

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.

RPL for the Common Safety Training Program

Graham Marshall - Thursday, August 16, 2012

APPEA and the Common Safety Training Program (CSTP) Independent Reviewer have both confirmed that Australian energy sector workers who have attended the Hazard and Risk Management Training Program offered by the Risk Tool Box over recent years shall have "recognized prior learning" (RPL) status for the CSTP module called "Identify Hazards and Assess Risk".

The RPL element within the Risk Tool Box training program covers Step-back 5X5 and JHA or JSA as well as Qualitative Risk Assessment to allow for working safely within the CSTP framework.

APPEA's confirmation of RPL status for our program will apply to over ten-thousand workers who have attended our training course. 

Workers in the following organization's should check with their training or records keeping department for evidence of attending Risk Tool Box's industry leading training program since 1998:

+   Woodside Energy between (1998 and 2007);

+   BHP Petroleum (Griffin Venture);

+   Chevron (Barrow Island);
 
+   ENI Australia (2005 - 2011);

+   Hess Corporation (2008 - present);

+   Santos (2007 - present); and

+   A range of other small contractors and suppliers who work in the offshore oil and gas industry.

 


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