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Risk Tool Box Sustainability Policy

Graham Marshall - Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Risk Management Tool Box is a sustainable business. 

Our sustainability is achieved by:

 Complying with our economic, social, and environmental responsibilities;

 Maintaining the health, safety and well-being of our employees;

 Minimizing our impact on the environment;

 Respecting the legal rights of people we come into contact with – employees, contractors, customers, suppliers and others;

 Meeting our business’ obligations to third party stakeholders;

 Maximizing our commercial success; and

 Sharing our success through pro-bono work and charitable donations.

As part of our ongoing commitment to sharing the success of our business, we've made a further donation of $698 to the victims of the Queensland flood disaster.

Close the Gap Day

Graham Marshall - Thursday, March 21, 2013

Today marks "Close the Gap"  Day, Australia’s largest ever Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health campaign!

But Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People still die 10-17 years younger than other Australians.

Closing this health gap cannot be done overnight.  We need a long-term commitment with adequate funding, and investment in real partnerships.

Since 2006, the Close the Gap campaign has achieved an enormous amount.

This has only happened with community support.

In 2012, over 130,000 Australians joined National Close the Gap Day to show their support, to talk about, to spread the word, and to take action to improve, Indigenous health.

This year, we've joined the the campaign and registered our own Close the Gap Day event.

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!


We Condemn Islamic Terrorists

Graham Marshall - Friday, January 18, 2013

Our thoughts are today with the workers held hostage at the Amenas Gas Facility in Algeria by cowardly Islamic terrorists.

Having worked at the El Gassi field located 60 miles southwest of Hassi Messaoud in the Sahara desert in Algeria, we know this must be an extremely worrying time for all concerned.

By all indications this is a terrorist act and the Risk Tool Box strongly condemns these barbaric Islamic terrorists.

Happy New Year from the Risk Tool Box Blog

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, January 01, 2013
We wish a Happy New Year - and hopefully a safe and prosperous 2013 - to all readers of the Risk Tool Box Blog.

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.

Safety Training Manager Job

Graham Marshall - Friday, December 28, 2012

We're actively seeking an entrepreneurial individual to take over the running of our training program.

The position requires a long term commitment and it will be compensated by a salary, a profit share, and we’re open to discussing an equity stake in the business for the right person.

We’re looking for someone to take our training program wherever they see the opportunities!

What we can provide

We’re very small but we've been offering a World-class suite of hazard and risk management training programs to the international oil and gas Exploration and Production sector.

We also have customers in mining, shipping, transportation and other “higher-risk” industries.

We’ve been very “niche” within the industry, but we are well known for specializing in hazard and risk management training.

We think we’re highly-regarded within the industry and our previous and existing customer base includes Shell, Hess Corp, Woodside, Santos and Eni.

Our training program includes modules in Stepback, JHA, Qualitative Risk Assessment, HazID and HazOp.  We've also offered specialist courses in incident investigation and managing HSE risks in contracts.

About You

We expect that you will already have a working knowledge of the hazard and risk management requirements within the international oil and gas EP industry and across the project life-cycle; including drilling, completions, construction, production, work-over and abandonment. 

You’ll need experience with both onshore work as well as offshore (marine) oil field work.

We also expect that you’ll have the skills to be able to run a small consultancy business and grow the business according to high moral standards, and in your own chosen direction.

What you’ll need on the HSE side

Firstly, you’ll need to be able to generate cash-flow by pitching for work and then delivering against a job-scope.  Without that skill, you’re a non-starter!

You’ll need to be able to work as a highly competent and well-regarded safety professional. 

For this “applied” part of the role, you’ll already know about OSHA requirements for US operations and the “safety case regime” for nearly everywhere else we work.

You’ll need proficiency in a range of hazard and risk management tools including “Stepback”, JSA, Risk Assessment, HazID, HazOp etc.

We’d also expect that the right person would meet some of the following requirements:

• Know about safety culture improvement strategies;

• Know about incident investigation methods;

• Be able to facilitate HSE training; and

• Be able to facilitate the use of risk management tools.

You’ll also need to be available for national and international travel from your home base.

Expected Qualifications

We’re not married to the idea that you’ll have loads of paper-qualifications; but we’re expecting that the right-person to take our business forward will probably meet some of the following expectations:

• International experience in the international EP sector across the full project life-cycle;

• An engaging personality;

• Very high-level of personal presentation together with associated skills;

• Facilitation of workshops expertise;

• Existing Management or Supervisory experience;

• An interest in safety culture;

• Experience working with people in a variety of environments including  office staff, supply base, land rigs, offshore platforms and rigs, ships, mines and road-transport operations;

• Minimum 5-10 years work experience in the EP sector.

• Advanced knowledge of HSE risk management tools and their proper usage; and

• Leadership development experience.

Applications from people holding Australian, UK or USA passports would be welcome.

What to do next

If you're interested in the role, send an email from our "contact us" page and tell us why you'd be the right person to manage our training programm.

Include with your email an attached Curriculum Vitae in PDF format.

Anniversary of the Launch of the Risk Tool Box Blog

Graham Marshall - Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Today, 26th December 2012 marks the 2nd anniversary of the launch of the Risk Management Tool Box safety blog.

Over the previous two years, we've have met our goal of having a post on a safety-related topic each and every day.

That mean's we've published more than 700 individual posts!  Wow.

And in those two years, our daily readership has risen from about 20 visitors in the first week to now regularly receiving over 2,000 visitors per day.  We're justifiably proud of this result.

Our blog is our way of "giving-back" to the HSE community in the oil and gas industry all around the globe, some of the benefit that we've received by playing a small role in this great industry.

So thanks for visiting, and we hope you find some of the stuff on our blog to be useful in your work.

 Enjoy your holidays and please be save in this festive season!




Merry Christmas from the Risk Management Tool Box Blog

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, December 25, 2012

If, like us, you're sick and tired of the PC "happy holidays", then "Merry Christmas" to you!


Pump Jacks in Synch

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Here are a couple of nice photographs of pumping units in synch with each other.  The effect is rather magnificant! 

Hope you like them.


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