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Safe Work Australia Week

Graham Marshall - Sunday, October 21, 2012

Safe Work Australia Week commences today (21st October) and runs through to the 27th October, with the theme ‘Safety begins with ‘S’ but starts with ‘You”.

Safety is an ongoing topic in any workplace but this week specifically encourages staff on all levels to contribute to their workplace health and safety.  It is up to all of us to facilitate continuous improvement and ensure a safe working environment for everyone.

Nominations are also being called for the Safety Ambassador of the Year Award to highlight and reward the efforts of individuals who improve their workplace safety. The results will be announced at the end of the month on the Safe Work Australia website.

Some suggestions for information sessions to be run in your workplace during Safe Work Australia Week could include:

+   Manual handling;
+  Healthy eating and snacking;
+  Sunsmart techniques -  slip, slop, slap and wrap;
+  Fatigue management;
+  Hydration and heat management in summer;

There is still time to invite and encourage your staff to participate in Safe Work Australia Week.

Workplace activities may include:

+  Lunchtime walking groups;
+  Conducting hazard checks during walk-around;
+  Organise first aid training;
+  General housekeeping of work stations; and
For more suggested activities and other information, visit the Safe Work Australia website.

ExxonMobil Chairman Presents Risk Tool Box with HSE Award

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, October 09, 2012

John Dashwood, the Chairman of ExxonMobil Australia, in his capacity as Chair of the APPEA Health, Safety and Operations Committee has presented Emma Raine of the Risk Tool Box and Steve Frederickson of Hess with the 2012 SPE/APPEA International HSE Innovation Award at the SPE/APPEA Innovation Awards Dinner, attended by about 1,300 SPE and APPEA delegates.

The awards were were presented to Emma and Steve at the 2012 SPE/APPEA International Conference on Health, Safety and Environment in Perth, Western Australia.  This is a fantastic award for our small WA business and we're immensely proud of the achievement.


 Steve Frederickson and Emma Raine (center) Receiving the SPE/APPEA HSE Innovation Award from John Dashwood - Chairman of ExxonMobil Australia.


SPE Safety Innovation Award

Graham Marshall - Friday, September 21, 2012

We are pleased to announce that the Society of Petroleum Engineer's has presented the Risk Tool Box and Hess Corporation with its annual Safety Innovation Award.

The SPE Safety Award was presented at the SPE Global HSE Conference which was held in Perth last week.

The award acknowledged our work with Hess Corporation in designing a new way for controlling the kinetic and electrical energy in oil field Pumping Units which has killed and injured many oil-field operators over the years.

The Award was accepted on behalf of the Risk Tool Box by Emma Raine and on behalf of Hess Corporation by Steve Frederickson.



Health and Safety Representatives Forum

Graham Marshall - Monday, September 17, 2012

The 2012 APPEA HSR & Safety Workforce Forum has been rescheduled for Monday 12th November.

It will still take place at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The forum provides a unique opportunity for workforce representatives from right across the Australian oil and gas industry to come together in one place to network, develop skills and share workplace experiences, issues and solutions.

This day will assist HSRs and the workforce to perform their roles effectively and contribute to improved safety and health performance.

Registrations remain open for delegates wishing to register for this highly regarded event.

The 2012 Health and Safety Representative (HSR) of the Year Awards are also now open.

The HSR Awards recognize individuals in the Australian oil and gas industry who have contributed through leadership, dedication and initiative to the health and safety of their colleagues.

Recipients will be presented with their award at the HSR and Safety Workforce Forum.

This is an important opportunity to recognize the work of the HSRs in the oil and gas community.

If you know a health and safety representative who has demonstrated a commitment to workplace safety in the past year, nominate them for the 2012 HSR of the Year.

Nomination forms are available online at the APPEA website.

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.


SPE HSE Innovation Awards

Graham Marshall - Sunday, May 27, 2012

If it wasn't exciting enough that the International Conference on HSE in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production is being held in Perth in September; the even better news is that alongside the conference, the SPE/APPEA International HSE Innovation Awards will also be presented.

These awards recognize excellence and innovation in health and safety performance and environmental management.

Selected by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA), the International HSE Innovation Awards will take place at a gala ceremony in Perth (WA) between 11th and 13th September 2012.

For additional information and registration requirements regarding the International HSE Innovation Awards, please  visit the SPE or APPEA website.

Safety Awards

Graham Marshall - Thursday, March 24, 2011
Receiving awards and testimonials is always nice.  Enclosed here is an award letter from Worksafe for my work in developing a unique hazard management training program.

Receiving a WA Worksafe Award from the Right Honourable John Kobelke MP and Australian Rules football legend Glen Jakovich.

As always, feel free to look round the risk management shop, to buy some products or to get in touch about any safety issues that are puzzling you.

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