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Petroleum and Geothermal Safety
Guidelines, information sheets, significant incident reports and reports on safety statistics for petroleum and geothermal energy safety.
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A guideline is an explanatory document that provides more information on the requirements of legislation, details good practice, and may explain means of complying with standards prescribed in the legislation. The following guideline, Submission of a petroleum pipeline safety case, relates to petroleum and geothermal energy safety.
Guides and procedures
- Exploration drilling, development and production (general) - information sheet(PDF 88 kb)
- Geothermal exploration drilling, development and production (general) - information sheet(PDF 79 kb)
- Occupational safety and health regulations and obligations - information sheet(PDF 84 kb)
- Overview of amendments to the Western Australian petroleum legislation - information sheet(PDF 104 kb)
- Overview of management of safety regulations for petroleum and geothermal energy resources - information sheet(PDF 73 kb)
- Overview of management of safety regulations for petroleum pipelines - information sheet(PDF 118 kb)
- Overview of occupational safety and health regulations for petroleum, geothermal energy and pipeline operations - information sheet(PDF 99 kb)
- Petroleum resources safety - information sheet(PDF 859 kb)
- Towards best practice safety regulation - information sheet(PDF 2073 kb)
Significant incident reports
- SIR 04/2013: Overused and poorly maintained generator catches fire(PDF 54 kb)
- SIR 03/2013: Travelling block on work-over rig strikes derrick crown when derrickman in basket(PDF 50 kb)
- SIR 02/2013: Diver’s umbilical fouled during mast raising(PDF 48 kb)
- SIR 01/2013: Fall from height incident on offshore platform(PDF 48 kb)
- SIR 03/2012: Failure of substituted fitting on drilling rig causes uncontrolled descent of derrick(PDF 125 kb)
- SIR 02/2012: Travelling block on drilling rig falls following failure of repaired turnbuckle(PDF 88 kb)
- SIR 01/2012: Poorly designed flooring leads to slip and scalding by hot drilling fluid (PDF 88 kb)
- SIR 02/2011: Worker permanently disabled after being struck by falling handrail(PDF 127 kb)
- SIR 01/2011: Hand injury sustained during tong jaw change-out(PDF 109 kb)
- SIR 03/2010: Excavator damages buried small bore pipe in compressor station(PDF 56 kb)
- SIR 02/1010: Excavator damages coating of buried pipeline in compressor station(PDF 63 kb)
- SIR 01/2010: Vibration-induced fracture of small bore pipework(PDF 56 kb)
- SIR 01/2009: Side-boom contacts power line(PDF 52 kb)
- Asset integrity management system (AIMS) evaluation checklist - template(DOC 276 kb)
- Bridging and SIMOPS documents evaluation checklist - template(DOC 248 kb)
- Emergency response plan (ERP) evaluation checklist - template(DOC 284 kb)
- Safety management system (SMS) evaluation checklist - template(DOC 552 kb)
Safety performance in the Western Australian petroleum industry
Annual achievements and performance reports
The annual report summarises the progress of the Reform and Development at Resources Safety (RADARS) strategy, including achievements in mine, petroleum and dangerous goods safety regulation, as well as the expenditure of the mines safety and inspection levy, and petroleum and geothermal energy safety levies.
Baseline Perceptions Survey of Resources Safety Stakeholders 2010
To establish a robust baseline against which to measure progress towards achieving the aims of the safety reform strategy, Resources Safety conducts a biennial survey with stakeholders about their perceptions of Resources Safety’s roles, services and functions.
The survey also seeks industry’s view of its own performance in achieving “a proactive, consultative safety culture” and how advanced it is in having the attributes of a resilient safety culture.
The industry survey will be conducted biennially to provide ongoing evaluation of safety reform progress. The third perceptions survey will be conducted in late 2014. Copies of the 2010 and 2012 baseline perceptions survey reports are available below.
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