OHS inspectors may conduct inspections in relation to offshore petroleum facilities. Inspections are used to monitor compliance with the legislation and ongoing implementation and compliance with safety cases, diving safety management systems and diving project plans.
Planned inspections focus on facilities (including pipelines). The subject of planned inspections will include both control and management of Major Accident Events and Occupational Health and Safety. Normally attended production facilities will be inspected at least twice per year, where practicable.
During the inspections, OHS inspectors will communicate with all levels of the workforce including health and safety representatives (HSRs). Inspections may take several days and incorporate overnight stays on facilities.
The controls and SMS elements inspected will be reviewed as far as practicable in line with a range of factors:
are the controls implemented?
are the controls functional?
are the controls maintained?
are the controls audited?
is the workforce competent?
Each planned inspection will focus on:
verification of operator commitments regarding the recommendations from previous inspections and incident investigations
controls and/or management system elements selected in relation to at least one of the following:For diving operations, controls and/or management system elements from the DSMS/DPP
a major accident event (MAE)
an occupational health and safety hazard.
For more information see the Planned Inspection Policy (PL0025).
Petroleum environmental inspections
NOPSEMA has a legislated function to develop effective monitoring and enforcement strategies to ensure compliance by offshore petroleum titleholders with their obligations under the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 and Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Environment) Regulations 2009 (Environment Regulations).
NOPSEMA is committed to undertaking petroleum environmental inspections in a planned, coordinated fashion; adhering to regulatory processes efficiently and effectively. In order to ensure this occurs, NOPSEMA has developed a petroleum environmental inspection policy which it will apply when undertaking its regulatory function.
NOPSEMA has implemented mechanisms to ensure efficient use of resources and will establish a petroleum environmental inspection program for each financial year. In programming inspections NOPSEMA will apply a consistent risk-based methodology.