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Kinetic Energy in Crane Wire Rope

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The safety alert (below) produced by the Marine Safety Forum highlights how the stored kinetic energy hazard within wire-rope used in slings and rigging should be understood before working on changing out such types of wire-rope.

The alert also highlights the need for: 1) Document Procedure for the task; 2)  JSA to be completed highlighting the kinetic energy hazard; and 3) No one to stand in "line of fire" when removing spooled wire-rope.

Feedback on JSA Program

Graham Marshall - Wednesday, May 15, 2013

I've just had a very nice little bit of feedback by email which may be of interest to readers of the Risk Tool Box Shop Blog.  it said:

I doubt that you will remember me due to all the classes that you teach, but I was in the class you gave in Minot ND, a couple months ago.

The reason for this email is because after the class I have been screaming at the top of my lungs we have all been doing JSAs wrong ...lol ( there is a better way)!

I think the method of how to write a JSA at my company can be greatly improved by using the format that you taught in class. 

Thank you for you time. 

Lastly that class you taught has had a lasting impact on how I teach my hands to plan and identify the hazards with any job we are doing. 

So thank you for a class that actual helps me keep people on my locations safe.

JSA Manual Special Offer

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, February 12, 2013

We've just had a new office air conditioning system installed to help keep our cool during the this very hot February sumnmer.

But the system hit a snag today when it began to leak water over the office carpet.

Unfortunately, the leak wasn't noticed before it had seeped into a box of our JSA Manuals.  But luckily for us, the leak was spotted in time before a whole bunch of stock could be water damaged.

As it is, we have about 15 of our JSA Manuals from one box which have very minor water damage to the covers. 

It's not particularly bad damage; but we wouldn't be happy on-selling the JSA Manuals unless we are 100 per cent sure our customers will be happy with their purchase!

So this gives residents in Perth the opportunity to take advantage of our free offer.  Just drop us an email with your name, address, telephone number and email address and we'll gladly post you out for free one of these slighly water damaged JSA Manuals.

Because we're covering both the postage and giving away a $45.00 JSA Manual for free, this offer is only open to people with an address in Perth metro area.  And it is one manual per person!

JSA Training Program Results

Graham Marshall - Wednesday, February 06, 2013

We've recently completed a JSA training program with 100 workers in an oil field belonging to a new customer.

Our new customer required that we collect feedback from their employees and contractors to allow them to evaluate the success of our JSA training program, prior to a wider roll-out of the program in the field.

Enclosed here is a JSA feedback report which shows how the workers thought about the JSA training program and the comments that they made on their feedback forms.

The name and location of the customer has been removed, but otherwise all results and comments are as they were collected.

We'll let you decide if this group of 100-field workers thought our JSA training program is any good!

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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.

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.

 

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.

 

Safely Operating Extendible Equipment Under Powerlines

Graham Marshall - Thursday, August 02, 2012

Working with mobile equipment below powerlines can be inherently hazardous and requires very good planning.

A Job Safety Analysis (JSA) should always be prepared whenever mobile equipment is to be used below overhead powerlines.

Enclosed here is a free example JSA for use in helping to plan work with extendible mobile equipment. 

The JSA is a "printer-proof" example of the types of JSA which are available in our award-winning JSA Manual.

The manual has an additional 46 JSAs for a range of higher-risk jobs and is ideal for supervisors and managers working in mining, construction, transportation, utilities, shipping, manufacturing and oil and gas.

To find out further information about the JSA Manual, simply click this link.


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