Feature articles

Safety & integrity 

2019

Safety spells success

Appropriate use of crane design standards

Is safety, or safety collaboration, a competitive advantage?

2018

False alarms during maintenance of safety-critical equipment

Preventing and managing loss of well control: a study of well integrity failures in offshore Australia

How NOPSEMA engages with HSRs

Industry's obligations to meet community expectations

Effective frontline hazard identification tools

Effective control of work systems critical to preventing incidents and injuries

Health surveillance: occupational contact dermatitis

2017

How safe organisations can drift into disaster

Good industry practice in the construction of HPHT wells

Verifying safety features of light well intervention systems

DP systems' tolerance to human error: an international collaboration

Work management review following recent incidents

Whole body vibration hazards

NOPSEMA concerned about misuse of Management of Change

Noise management systems

Inspecting and maintaining Ex equipment

Industry good practice for saturation diving

NOPSEMA identifies more loss-of-position incidents

As low as reasonably practicable - guarding against 'reverse ALARP'

Third party certification of safety-critical equipment

Continual improvement of international well integrity standards

Maintenance of well-testing equipment

Significant changes to a facility require validation

Reporting of well incidents - titleholders' performance

Dynamic position control systems must be tolerant to human error

An alignment of failures

Failure to manage valve locking and car sealing systems

Are you analysing your failure rate data for process safety valves?

Hazardous chemicals information, instruction and training

2016

Dropped objects data analysis

Chute based emergency evacuation system

Exclusion of major accident events in safety cases

Appropriate medical and first aid services

Critical maintenance for idle rigs

Investigating failures of riser emergency shutdown valves

Hand-arm vibration prevention

2015

Thermal and overpressure protection for TEMPSC and muster stations

Risks associated with electric storage batteries

What changes require an operator to revise their safety case?

Demonstrating that risks are ALARP; a key element for safety case acceptance

Safe working load for crane operations

Dropped objects

Marking of emergency-use attachment points and lifting equipment

Emergency shut-down and blow-down valve integrity management

Are you sure your lifeboats are ready to go?

Barrier systems for control of Legionella

Environmental management

2019

Science and evidence informs best-practice environmental management

Effective testing of oil spill response arrangements

Source control workshop brings together global experts

Insight into the public comment process for exploration environment plans

Referring to supporting documentation in published environment plans

More than a century of experience behind our Spill Risk Team

Benchmarking leading practice environmental management regulation

2018

Engaging with stakeholders on environmental management 

Contingency measures for subsea drilling operations

Improving environmental impact assessments for seismic surveys

New publication requirements for environment plans - referring to information already provided

Managing biosecurity risks 

NOPSEMA's expectations of industry to improve oil spill response

Overcoming scientific uncertainty and oil spill preparedness challenges

The regulators perspective on marine seismic surveys: Identifying and managing environmental impacts

Environment inspections focus on source control

Plans for marine parks take effect

Meeting your obligations for decommissioning

Improved consultation and transparency gains momentum

2017

Marine oil pollution response arrangements in Western Australia: Are you compliant? 

Inspecting oil spill response service providers and equipment stockpiles

An open discussion about environmental management

Is your activity occurring where it shouldn't be?

International meeting of environmental regulators

Oil spill response - competency and training

Lessons learned from environmental enforcement action 

New national recovery plan for marine turtles

Continuous improvement of oil spill response preparedness through international engagement

Finished the petroleum activity?  How to end your environment plan

Improved transparency in environment plan submissions

NOPSEMA concerned about misuse of ‘management of change’

Improving access to environmental management information

Preparing your EP five-year revision?

2016

Working with stakeholders to address environmental management challenges

NOPSEMA supports WA strategy for marine science collaboration

IOPER annual general meeting and new research outcomes on sound and marine life

Has your Environment Plan reached the end of its life? …if so, here’s how to end it!

Offshore Project Proposal (OPP) – guidance updated

The importance of a nominated liaison person

Collaborative opportunities for oil spill preparedness and response

Inspecting environmental consultation performance

Deciding on environmental consultation requirements

Monitoring financial assurance compliance

2015

Chemical selection and substitution warnings

Consultation for larger scale seismic surveys

Optimising dispersant selection for offshore pollution risks

Managing scientific uncertainty in environmental impact assessments for seismic surveys

Effective consultation and opposing views

2014

Monitoring of impacts to the environment from oil pollution

Referring to information previously submitted

Request for further information

Commencement of financial assurance requirements

Addressing stakeholder concerns on consultation

Environment plan levies for title applicants

Environment inspections post 1 October 2014

Clarifying environmental input in oil pollution response arrangements

Science in complex environmental decisions

New ‘Oil pollution risk management’ information paper

Changes to environmental reporting requirements

Achieving effective consultation with relevant persons

Produced Formation Water - Oil in water

2013

Sufficient information for consultation

Effective environmental consultation for offshore petroleum activities

Environment culture - planning to respond

Developing appropriate environmental performance standards

Building strong environmental foundations

2012

Off the shelf monitoring programs

Managing the risks of marine pests

Environmental monitoring – one size fits all?

Reporting environmental incidents can drive continuous improvement