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Be your own boss

Graham Marshall - Sunday, November 11, 2012

Do you like to sit at the pointy end of the plane?
Would you like a V8 Range Rover Vogue as your company car?
Would you like around twelve weeks holiday each year?
If you answered “yes” to those questions, please keep reading….

The Risk Management Tool Box Pty Ltd is actively seeking an entrepreneurial individual to take our business forward. 
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 want the World to be your oyster, and for the right person, we’re looking for someone to take the business wherever they see the opportunities!

What we can provide
We’re a very small but well-established Australian HSE Consultancy offering a range of “bespoke” hazard and risk management services and products 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, and are well known as specializing in hazard and risk management training, HSE-MS document development (e.g., procedures) and safety culture survey implementation and analysis.  We offer a range of other services related to HSE improvement and are always growing our “deliverables” as we see opportunities.
The business has had a positive cash flow position throughout its history, and we’ve never had debt.  The business is managed to generate a year-on-year profit.
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 day-rates are comparable to others in the industry and we always get to sit at the pointy end of the plane!

About You
You’re probably either a professional but frustrated-by-red-tape “safety guy” in a big corporation like BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, or BP; or you’re a safety professional who’s a bit fed up about making lots of money for another big HSE consultancy. 
You might even be a retired or semi-retied safety guy who’s fed up with sitting around and is ready for a new challenge!
In all cases, you’re probably sick of being told what to do by someone else, and you’re looking for a better opportunity to grow as a person.
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:
• Understand behaviour-based safety implementation;
• Know about safety culture improvement strategies;
• Know about incident investigation methods;
• Be able to write HSE-MS documents;
• Be able to audit HSE-MS documents and processes;
• 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 a base in Perth, Australia.

What you’ll need on the business management side
You’ll need to be able to run the business in the role of Managing Director. 
For this part of the role, you’ll need:
• Business planning capability, setting direction, creating milestones and tracking performance against key indicators;
• Budgeting skills and the ability to keep to budget;
• Month-end, quarterly and annual reporting skills;
• Advanced inter-personal communication and listening skills;
• Strong computer skills;
• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
• Strong presentation skills;
• You’ll need a strong desire grow the business and make its success your own success; and
• You’ll need the ability to see and grasp business opportunities when they present themselves.

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:
• An engineer who has become more interested in the “human-factors” side of risk;
• A psychologist who has become more interested in the “engineering” side of risk;
• 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 behavioural safety applications, systems and theory;
• Advanced knowledge of HSE risk management tools and their proper usage; and
• Leadership development experience.
You’ll also need an Australian resident visa or be an Australian Citizen for tax purposes. 
Applications from people holding dual Australian and 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 would like to run our business.
Include with your email an attached Curriculum Vitae in PDF format.

 

Risk Tool Box Website Milestone

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, October 30, 2012

It has taken 22 months - since we started the Risk Management Tool Box safety blog in January 2011 - but we've finally cracked a record number of visitors to the site last week.

We've seen seven consecutive days (one whole week) with in excess of 1,000 visitors per day to the Risk Tool Box safety blog.

So if you're reading this post, you're in good company!

Over the previous 22 months we've hit a number of milestones we set for ourselves when creating the safety blog.  First records to fall were 50 visits in a day.  We then aimed for a 100 visits in a day and then 1,000 visits in a week.

After about six months, we were regularly hitting 10,000 visits per month.

For quite some time we've been getting between 800 and 1,000 visits per day but we were really looking to hit a consistent number with in excess of 1,000 readers per day for a whole week.  We've now achieved that milestone.

Our next milestone, which may take a little while to reach is to sustain the rate of readers at 1,000 per day for a whole month.

 

 

 

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.

Mary MacKillop Foundation

Graham Marshall - Sunday, September 09, 2012

The Risk Management Toolbox Pty Ltd recently raised $250 in support of the Mary MacKillop Foundation. 

Our donation will be used by the Foundation to contribute to the education of Indigenous Australians and support a number of small life-changing projects.

Donations to worthwhile causes such as the Mary MacKillop Foundation assist us to continue to meet our business sustainability policy - as shown below:

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;

●  Meeting our business obligations to third party stakeholders;

●  Maximizing our commercial success; and

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

 

 

 

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.

 

Risk Tool Box Success

Graham Marshall - Monday, July 02, 2012

With the first day of July marking the beginning of the new financial year down-under in Australia, we're happy to be starting our fourth year of trading in healthy status and growing our sustainable business.

2011-2012 was another profitable year for the Risk Tool Box and allowed us to make some significant R+D improvements to our business services.  A highlight has been the development of our procedure audit checklist approach to well completions operations such as flow-back, hydraulic fracturing and completions rigs work.

Our cornerstone customers - Hess Corporation in the USA and Santos in Australia - continue to make use of our services and we've got workflow booked in and scheduled all the way through to December 2013.

Our website shop continues to provide good cash-flow and visits to the blog are growing steadily month-by-month. 

And new customers such as Fremantle Ports, Gnarda Civil and Mining and Nautilus Mining continue to join our list of first-class customers. 

Bakken Hits Sweet Spot

Graham Marshall - Saturday, June 02, 2012

Great news for the citizens of North Dakota and the oil patch workers in the Bakken unconventional oil field.

News reports are highlighting that in just five-years, ND unconventional oil production has moved the State from 7th place in US oil production to 2nd spot.

Having overtaken Alaska, only Texas is now producing more oil that the Bakken shale oil.

We at the Risk Management Tool Box are proud to have played a small part over the last six years in assisting to keep workers safe in the Bakken field. 

Long may it continue!

Safety Photographs

Graham Marshall - Thursday, May 31, 2012

I'd like to start to load more photograph's showing good or poor safety practices and I'm asking for your help in sending pictures which you may have taken.

So if you've taken any shots which highlight particularly poor or good practices and you'd be happy to share them with a wider audience, please send them to me for uploading to the blog.

You can find my contact details on the "contact us" section of the website.  Cheers.

 

HSE Policy

Graham Marshall - Saturday, January 07, 2012
Like every succesful organization, the Risk Management Tool Box has it's own HSE Policy.

Ours says:

It is the policy of the Risk Management Tool Box to protect the health and safety of our people and the people we come into contact with, and to minimize our impacts on the environment in which we work.

This is achieved by:
  • Complying with our environmental, health and safety legal responsibilities;
  • Using our own Think 6, Look 6 Process to identify hazards, assess risk, and develop and implement appropriate controls that manage hazards and reduce risk to acceptable levels;
  • Engaging people suitably qualified, skilled, and experienced in meeting this policy;
  • Educating and training our people in the use of the Think 6, Look 6 Process;
  • Recognizing that no business objective is so important that it cannot be completed safely and without unwanted impacts to our health or the environment; and
  • Recognizing that we all have the authority to stop-work if we feel unsafe or are concerned about our health or the environment in which we are working.

To review the formal signed copy of the HSE Policy, simply click here.

Feel free to leave a comment about our HSE Policy.

50,000 visits to the Risk Tool Box Shop

Graham Marshall - Sunday, September 18, 2011
Since starting this web blog in January 2011, we're celebrating that we've had over 50,000 visitors to the Risk Tool Box Shop online.

After a slow start in January and February, we're now averaging about 6,000 visits per month to the Risk Tool Box with the numbers of visitors steadily growing month-by-month.

About 8 per cent of daily visitors to the Risk Tool Box Shop blog are making repeat visits.

If this is your first visit to our safety website feel free to jump from this post and use the tags (catalogue) or the monthly archive to the bottom-right of this article to read previous posts on a range of EHS and risk management topics.

Alternatively, you can find out about the safety products in our store by clicking the "Personal Safety", "Operational Safety", "Process Safety", "Behavioural Safety" or "Other Safety Tools" buttons at the top of the screen.
 
Lastly, please don't forget to leave us a comment if you find a post either interesting or useful (or both)!


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