The Risk Management Tool Box Blog

Electric Shock from Galley Fridge

Graham Marshall - Sunday, July 07, 2013

The Safety Alert shown below highlights how there is a need to always perform hazard spotting ("stepback 5X5") before undertaking any routine task.

Dropped Object from Derrick

Graham Marshall - Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Another excellent safety alert coming from Woodside which again highlights how a lack of a proper Procedure being followed enables a drilling incident to occur.

At the Risk Tool Box, we can't stress enough the critical importance of drilling and completions Procedures that define the safe way to perform higher-risk drilling tasks.

And secondly, once any drilling Procedure is developed for a specific activity; for there to be a suitable Audit Checklist to be used by the Supervisor, Management, or HSE Advisor to ensure that the Procedure and defined way of working are being implemented by the drill rig crew; and to coach and mentor where this is not the case.

Under no circumstances should "we've always done it this way" be taken as a sign of drilling expertise or an acceptable practice - often they aren't!

And finally, I find it odd that although Woodside (correctly) identify that "no procedure" was a critical factor leading to this incident, they did not identify the need to review or enhance the Procedure as a "Key learning".

Dropped Valve Actuator

Graham Marshall - Sunday, April 07, 2013

This Woodside safety alert shows how a 200 kg valve actuator was able to fall a distance of 20 metres to the deck below the crane before falling over the side and into the ocean.

The safety alert highlights the need for good risk assessment prior to any lift, the development of an appropriate lift plan for the specific lift in question, and the need for any person directing the lift to be standing in a place of safety.

We would suggest that a lift such as this should also be covered under an appropriately written and specific procedure.

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.

Woodside Loss of Containment Incident Investigation

Graham Marshall - Monday, December 03, 2012

The importance of good procedural steps which avoid ambiguity in procedural instructions so that the intended impact of each step is fully understood before execution is highlighted in the this incident alert from APPEA.

The incident occurred to a Woodside operator when they were preparing a loading pump for maintenance.

During the process of purging condensate from the pump into the drain vessel using gaseous nitrogen, a mist of condensate of no more than 150L was released to the atmosphere via the atmospheric vent on the drain vessel.

The operator immediately stopped the activity and contained the leak.

There was no injury of personnel or damage to assets caused by the incident.

But the procedure in use instructed the operator to simply “crack open” the nitrogen valve.

Once again, this is an example of an inadequately written procedure which does not clarify the sequence of steps, and the criticality of certain safety aspects of the job.

There is also no apparent "audit" checklist in use at Woodside to confirm the validity of the steps outlined in the procedure.

These are routine aspects which we at the Risk Tool Box build-in when preparing proper procedures for our clients in higher-risk operating environments.

We'd suggest the folks at Woodside and other Australian operators take a good hard look at the way they go about developing procedures to ensure they avoid ambiguity, capture all critical steps, highlight safety critical steps, and provide an audit verification tool and a training tool for the job to be performed.


Loss of Containment Safety Alert

Graham Marshall - Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Feature today is another APPEA safety alert which highlights a loss of containment incident at Woodside.  The alert highlights the ever-present need to ensure that good procedures are in place and being followed whenever safety critical operations - such as valve pressure testing - are being undertaken.

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!

Danger of Falling Scaffolding Tubes

Graham Marshall - Thursday, September 20, 2012

The dangers associated with not having, or not following proper procedures and not undertaking a "Stepback" using our unique Think 6, Look 6 hazard identification process are highlighted again by this safety alert from Woodside and APPEA.

The alert shows how a length of scaffolding tubing was allowed to fall between decks when procedures were not followed, supervision was not appropriate and Stepback was not being done.

Thankfully no one was harmed during this high-potential incident so luck was on the side of Woodside today.

Without a good use of Think 6, Look 6, they might not be so lucky next time.

Woodside Pedestal Crane Failure

Graham Marshall - Thursday, September 13, 2012

Here is a safety alert from APPEA regarding a pedestal crane failure involving Woodside Energy in Australia. 

The safety alert highlights the need to perform preventative maintenace checks on all cranes at regular periods.

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.

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