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managing-risks-plant-cop-2013.pdf

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Mobile Plant -

Cam works in an environment where he and those that he directs can be exposed to hazards associated with moving plant. Cam is primarily exposed at times when the rig is receiving stores (parts and drilling consumables such as casing and drill pipe) and when the rig is undertaking a rig move from one drilling lease to another drilling lease. Other instances where Cam might be exposed to mobile plant is during normal operations when there are light vehicles driving around the site and the rig loader or telehandler is moving equipment.

 

This Code Of Practice (COP) provides Cam with practical guidance on how to manage his health and safety risks when working with or directing others to work with and around mobile plant.

 

The COP does this by providing Cam with guidance on the identification of hazards associated with mobile plant as well as how he might assess, control and monitor/review the associated risks of working (use, inspection and maintenance) with mobile plant on the Completions rig. It also oulines specific control measures such as operator controls, emergency stops, warning devices and the isolation of energy sources. By utilising these strategies Cam can be confident that he has reduced his risk to ALARP.

 

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slips_trips_falls_guide2007.pdf

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Slips, Trips and Falls -

Cam works in an environment where he and those that he directs can be exposed to hazards that may result in slips trips and falls. Cam is primarily exposed at times during rig up onto a new site that has not been prepared adequately (prior to being back bladed) and after rain events where on site machinery has created ruts on the lease (gravel and black soil). Other instances where Cam might be exposed to hazards that may result in slips, trips and falls are in his workspace (portable building) and climbing to and from the rig floor and mud tanks via ladders and stairs.

 

This booklet provides Cam with practical guidance on understanding what causes a slip or trip and provides some ideas on how to manage his health and safety risks so that he can prevent these incidents from occurring and mitigate the consequences if there is an interaction.

 

The booklet does this by providing Cam with guidance on causes of slip, trips and falls including contaminants, floor surfaces, cleaning / housekeeping, obstacles and other trip hazards, environment (including lighting) and people and activity.  

 

The booklet also provides Cam with guidance on the identification hazards associated with slips, trips and falls  as well as how he might assess, control and monitor/review (risk management plan)  safety hazards and risks. By utilising these strategies Cam can be confident that he has reduced his risk to ALARP.

 

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guidelines-workingaroundtrucks.pdf

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Rig move -

Cam works in an environment where he and those that he directs can be exposed hazards associated with the load and unloading of trucks. Cam is primarily exposed at times when the rig is receiving stores (parts and drilling consumables such as casing and drill pipe) and when the rig is undertaking a rig move from one drilling lease to another drilling lease.

 

This Code Of Practice (COP) provides Cam with practical guidance on how to manage his health and safety risks when working around trucks.

 

The COP does this by providing Cam with guidance on the identification hazards associated with the loading and unloading of trucks, traffic management, pedestrian and mobile plant interaction, parking areas, loading bays, and reversing when undertaking operations on the Completions rig.

 

This document also outlines specific control measures that can might employ such as eliminating vehicle or pedestrian movement where possible, substituting plant, isolating vehicles from pedestrians,  employing engineering controls such as barriers, administrative controls (signage and exclusion zones) and PPE (hi-vis clothing). By utilising these strategies Cam can be confident that he has reduced his risk to ALARP.

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Trainer / Assessor

Trainer / Assessor | OHS Oil & Gas | Scoop.it
Tim has been a trainer and assessor for 5 years and has worked in industry for 25 years. He is currently delivering Traffic Control Management to the long term unemployed.
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Tim faces a range of OHS issues in his workplace however these are normally dictated by his environment. The most hazardous environment Tim works in is when he is delivering practical training on an operational worksite with heavy traffic.
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Business Improvement Coordinator

Business Improvement Coordinator | OHS Oil & Gas | Scoop.it
Cathy is a Business Improvement Coordinator. She currently works in Dalby and is responsible for deploying production control, work execution and continuous improvements processes in CSG operation
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Cathy works in an office envivionment where the majority of OHS issues that she faces are around ergonomics and travel to and from work. In Cathy's role she also needs to consider other peoples OHS needs to ensure that they are considered as part of the planning process.
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Charges over crushed worker

Charges over crushed worker | OHS Oil & Gas | Scoop.it
Companies charged for allegedly failing to ensure safety of worker.
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Crush injuries can range from minor to

catastrophic but they all start the same place; Getting caught between two surfaces coming together.

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Company fined for worker's crush injuries

Company fined for worker's crush injuries | OHS Oil & Gas | Scoop.it
A freight company has been fined $52,000 after one of its workers got his arm caught in a rock crusher.
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The identification and management of HSE risk should be a continual process.  Hazard identification and risk assessment should be considered as part of the work planning process and conducted using appropriate tools for the activity. Some of these tools include;

Risk assessment and registers;

Stop, Look, Assess and Manage (SLAM);

Hazard observation (Hazob); and

Job Safety and Environment Assessment (JSEA).

 

Once identified these hazards should be controlled using the hierarchy of controls to mitigate any risk to As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP) and all identified hazards and controls should be tracked within a hazard management system and communicated to all personnel.

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OFFICIAL WEATHERFORD RADAR RAP

The beginning of 2012 saw a number of minor incidents within the Weatherford Drilling Group in Australia. These lead to a serious injury to one of our fellow...

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Safety isn't just about filling out forms and holding meetings.

 

Safety professionals are embracing technology and promoting safety in the workplace and in the community in an entertaining and informative manner.

 

Campains such as Melbourne's metro trains rail safety public service campain "Dumb Ways to Die" (winner in Best viral online film and video category - Webby) and the Weatherford employee (rig crew) initiative RADAR rap promoting their "8 GEMS" are a great (and catchy) way to promote safety in the workplace.

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Andrew Kair's curator insight, March 12, 2014 3:18 AM

A great modern way of promoting safety in the drilling industry

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OHS education and training promotes positive worker practices | Institute for Work & Health

A systematic review from the Institute for Work & Health confirms that education and training lead to safer practices among workers. However, on their own, they might not reduce work-related injuries and illnesses. That makes education and training only one part, albeit an important part, of an effective occupational health and safety program.


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Training is just an administrative control and needs to be considered as part of a larger prevention and mitigation strategy that is supported by the application of other risk controls (using hierarchy of controls)

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Lisa Tonkin's curator insight, July 6, 2014 4:05 AM

Great article.  In HR we focus a lot on training and education but, as with most HR principles, everything is not so black and white.

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The cost of poor work safety

The cost of poor work safety | OHS Oil & Gas | Scoop.it
Building companies doing the right thing won't be penalised under recommendations of the safety inquiry, says MARK MCCABE
Beck Weaver's insight:

Safety will never make you money, but it will most certainly save you money.

 

When done properly, safety initatives prevent incidents. A proactive attitude towards safety presents business with a number of opportunities including;

Lower employee turnover (lower recruitment and retention costs);

Few accidents and less down time conducting investigations;

Improved reputation (including social license to operate); and

Improved direct costs.

 

A safe and productive worker is motivated and empowered.

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Workplace Health & Safety During Ramadan - OHS Insider

Workplace Health & Safety During Ramadan - OHS Insider | OHS Oil & Gas | Scoop.it
Ramadan began June 28, 2014. Here are some tips we published last year you can use to keep observant workers safe while fasting.
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As safety professionals we need to be aware that we live and work in a multicultural society. This diverse population is reflected in our workplaces and as such we need to be aware that in some circumstances additional controls and awareness needs to put in place to ensure that all workers go home safe.

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managing-risks-hazardous-chemicals-cop-2013.pdf

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Hazardous chemicals -

Cam works in an environment where he and those that he directs can be exposed hazards associated with hazardous chemicals. Cam is primarily exposed at times when the rig is completing a well (possible H2S and CH4), undertaking general maintenance and when he and the crew are using cleaners and solvents.

 

This Code Of Practice (COP) provides Cam with practical guidance on how to manage his health and safety risks when working with or directing others to work with Hazardous Chemicals.

 

The COP does this by providing Cam with guidance on the identification hazards associated with hazardous chemicals such as health hazards (inhalation, skin contact or ingestion) and physicochemical hazards (flammable, corrosive, explosive, chemically reactive and oxidising chemicals), as well as how he might assess, control and monitor/review the associated risks of hazardous chemicals on the Completions rig.

 

This document also outlines specific control measures that Cam might employ such as; eliminating or removing the chemicals from the workplace (using  nails instead of a chemical based adhesive), substituting hazardous chemicals with less hazardous chemicals,  isolating /separating incompatible hazardous chemicals,  employing engineering controls such as using intrinsically safe equipment around flammable substances,  administrative controls (signage and exclusion zones) and PPE (fit for purpose respirators and other breathing apparatus). By utilising these strategies Cam can be confident that he has reduced his risk to ALARP.

 

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noise-preventing-hearing-loss-cop-2011.pdf

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Noise -

Cam works in an environment where he, and those that he directs may be exposed to unwanted sounds that may damage his hearing. Cam would not normally be exposed to a continuous high levels of noise over his 12 hr shift but it is reasonable to assume that he could come into to contact with peak levels in excess of 140 db during some operations (for example when drilling using air).

 

This Code Of Practice (COP) provides Cam with practical guidance on how to manage his health and safety risks when working with or around noise that can contribute to hearing loss.

 

The COP does this by providing Cam with guidance on the identification hazards associated with noise in the workplace as well as how he might assess, control and monitor/review the associated risks of working (hearing loss, improving the conditions for communication, hearing warning sounds and reducing levels and stress) around noise on the Completions rig.

 

This document also outlines specific control measures that Cam might employ such as; substituting plant, engineering controls (damping, vibration isolation pads and machine guards), isolation of the noise source (through amending the rig equipment set up to provide barriers), administrative controls (signage and exclusion zones) and PPE (Hearing protection and anti-vibration gloves). By utilising these strategies Cam can be confident that he has reduced his risk to ALARP.

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Completions Supervisor

Completions Supervisor | OHS Oil & Gas | Scoop.it
Cam is a well completions supervisor in the oil and gas industry. He is responsible for supervising contractors in a field environment.
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Cam explains that his main challenge in his working environment is ensuring that the contractors are fulfilling their requirements under legislation including well control and human machine interface. The contractors that Cam looks after operate drilling/completions rigs that have large amounts of moving parts that present multiple opportunities for people to become caught between. With so much machinery on site, the likelihood of spills of oils and other fluids (Loss Of Primary Containment) to ground is high. Cam's contractors also move all of their equipment approximately once every 6 days and this introduces the potential for manual handling, crush injuries and heavy vehicle accidents.
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Occupational Nurse

Occupational Nurse | OHS Oil & Gas | Scoop.it
Jane is an Occupational Nurse employed on a rotational basis (week on / week off) in Dalby. She has extensive emergency care experience and has worked all over the world (most recent PNG) for various oil and gas contractors.
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In Australia, Jane works in an environment with very different OHS issues than she would normally be exposed to. In this country her biggest OHS issues are general hygiene and minor biological hazards as well as ergonomics and driving in regional Queensland. This is a vast departure from working conditions she has experienced in the past which have included; carjacking, extreme violence and chronic illness and disease.
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Rig Start Up team

Rig Start Up team | OHS Oil & Gas | Scoop.it
Talan is a member of the Rig Start Up team. He currently works from Brisbane but can travel on average 3000km in a hitch (15 days on 13 days off) all throughout Australia.
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Talan works in an environment that sees him dealing with construction, drilling and other wells service providers throughout QLD that explore and drill for coal seam gas. Talan's main OHS issues are around driving long distances (fatigue management, wildlife on the road, other road users, environmental conditions and getting proper nutrition), general rig hazards such as hazardous chemicals, heat stress, rotating machinery and manual handling. As part of the team that goes in to assess new contractors before they come under his employers safety systems; Talan is exposed to a lot of unknown environments and this can pose a challenge.
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Using big data to improve health and safety — Gas Today — The magazine for Australia’s natural gas industry

Using big data to improve health and safety — Gas Today — The magazine for Australia’s natural gas industry | OHS Oil & Gas | Scoop.it
Over the last decade, Australian oil and gas operators and producers have made an effort to improve their health and safety performance, with leading indicators dropping significantly. Gas Today Magazine
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"Knowledge is power".

By using "big data" to uncover hidden patterns / trends we can make better decisions and implement proactive practices.

 

As safety professionals part of our role is to collect and analyse leading and lagging indicators. Few HSE professionals are data analysts so how do we figure out what's important and what isn't? Big data analytics may be the solution.

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Financial incentives before safety: Tragedy and executive bonuses in uneasy mix » The Injured Workers Support Network

Financial incentives before safety: Tragedy and executive bonuses in uneasy mix » The Injured Workers Support Network | OHS Oil & Gas | Scoop.it
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EOFY safety bonus - Safety should be about intrinsic motivators not extrinsic ones.

 

If we offer external rewards ($$) for behaviours that are already internally rewarding (going home safe everyday) we risk a number of outcomes;

Incidents and near misses aren't reported and opportunities for improved safe work conditions are missed when safety performance is linked to the financial well being of workers; and

 

Overjustification effect whereby offering excessive external rewards for an already internally rewarding behavior can actually lead to a reduction in intrinsic motivation.

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Saxon Energy worker dies on site

Saxon Energy worker dies on site | OHS Oil & Gas | Scoop.it
A 21-year-old Saxon Energy worker has died at Rig 185 at the Fairview Santos GLNG operation site.

Via Andrew Kair
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The unfortunate and unnecessary death of one person can have a devastating effect on many. This young man's family (including his work family) will be affected for the rest of their lives. Just because we work in a risky environment does not mean that we must accept these risks. 

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Andrew Kair's curator insight, March 13, 2014 7:27 PM

The unfortunate and avoidable incidents that can occur in a high risk environment. Working around noisey machinary and obscured vison has its hazards as the industry found out with the fatal death of a young 21 year old man.

This incident highlights the reason safety is a high priority within the Oil and Gas industry and why companies are so proactive about maintaining a safe workplace.

Unfortuneately this incident has an effect on so many people for the rest of their lives.

 

"All incidents are preventable"

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CDC - Heat Stress - NIOSH Workplace Safety and Health Topic

CDC - Heat Stress - NIOSH Workplace Safety and Health Topic | OHS Oil & Gas | Scoop.it
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Dehydration occurs when your body loses more fluids than it takes in. Working in cold weather may not result in losing the same volume of fluids through sweat (as most common in hot working conditions) however you can lose fluid in other ways.

 

Bodies warm up while doing physical work and in winter we tend to wear additional layers of clothing while still performing the same physical work that may have been completed during the warmer months. It is important for workers to rehydrate and look after your mates.

 

It is also important to recognise that just because the expected causes are not present (ie. it is hot = heat stress)  does not mean that the underlying cause (dehydration) is not in play.

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5 cold-weather health hazards, and how to stay safe – Consumer Reports News

5 cold-weather health hazards, and how to stay safe – Consumer Reports News | OHS Oil & Gas | Scoop.it
We’re just a month into winter and already the nation has had record-breaking snow, winds, and low temperatures. And while the crisp air and snow-covered trees can paint a pleasant wintry picture, cold weather can also bring with it some...
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Most people relate "work environment" to building design, workplace layout (ergonomics), lighting, noise, air quality etc but one important component of work environment is temperature and the concept of thermal comfort.

 

Most outdoor workers are familiar with the additional controls that are implemented during the warmer months to combat heat related injuries but how many of us give much thought to the hazards and risks that arise once winter hits and workers are exposed to low temperature and wet and windy conditions?

 

 

 

 

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