Safety resources

NOPSEMA has developed a series of advice documents to inform and assist stakeholders to interpret and meet the requirements of the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Safety) Regulations 2009 and relevant state legislation where a state or the Northern Territory has conferred regulatory powers and functions to NOPSEMA.

NOPSEMA's advice documents should not be relied on as advice on the law, nor treated as a substitute for legal advice in any relevant situation. NOPSEMA's assessment of a regulatory permissioning document, monitoring and enforcement activities, are undertaken in accordance with the regulations.

NOPSEMA’s advice documents are subject to periodic review and update. Comments and suggestions on the content of any advice documents are welcomed can be directed to information@nopsema.gov.au.

Operator nomination and registration

Policies

Operator nomination, registration and deregistration policy (PDF 75KB)

Guidance notes

Criteria for registration and deregistration guidance note (PDF 124KB)

Replacement of a registered operator for a facility or pipeline guidance note (PDF 540KB)

Vessels subject to the Australian offshore petroleum safety legislation guidance note (PDF 662KB)

Guidelines

Frequently asked questions on operator nomination guideline (PDF 136KB)

Facility definition includes an associated offshore place guideline (PDF 329KB)

Forms

Facility operator nomination form (DOCX 178KB)

Analysis of operator status form (DOCX 199KB) 

Removal of existing facility operator from operator register form (DOCX 60KB)

Registers

Register of current operators (PDF 131KB)

Validation

Policies

Validation policy (PDF 154KB)

Guidelines

Validation guideline (PDF 248KB)

Forms 

Proposed scope of validation submission cover sheet (DOCX 190KB)

Scope of validation matrix (PDF 72KB)

Safety case

Policies

Assessment policy (PDF 172KB)

Safety case assessment policy (PDF 236KB)

Safety case levies policy (PDF 213KB)

Guidelines

Making submissions to NOPSEMA guideline (PDF 200KB)

Guidance notes

Operational risk assessment guidance note (PDF 687KB)

Safety case guidance notes cross reference guidance note (PDF 307KB)

Vessel facilities subject to external hydrocarbon hazards guidance note (PDF 3.2MB)

Vessels subject to the Australian offshore petroleum safety legislation guidance note (PDF 662KB)

The safety case in context - an overview of the safety case regime guidance note (PDF 2.1MB)

Safety case lifecycle management guidance note (PDF 652KB)

Safety case content and level of detail guidance note (PDF 790KB)

Hazard identification guidance note (PDF 657KB)

Supporting safety studies guidance note (PDF 569KB)

Risk assessment guidance note (PDF 823KB)

ALARP guidance note (PDF 765KB)

Control measures and performance standards guidance note (PDF 1022KB)

Safety management systems guidance note (PDF 287KB)

Involving the workforce guidance note (PDF 518KB)

Emergency planning guidance note (PDF 617KB)

Forms

Safety case content concordance table (DOC 241KB)

Safety case submission cover sheet (DOCX 235KB)

Diving operations

Policies

Diving submission assessment policy (PDF 166KB)

Guidelines

Complying with the diving safety regulations guideline (PDF 878KB)

Forms

Diving safety management system submission cover sheet (DOCX 191KB)

Diving safety management system concordance tables (DOCX 239KB)

Diving safety management system concordance tables (DOCX 239KB)

Diving project plan (DPP) concordance table (DOCX 101KB)

Registers

Register of current diving safety management systems and diving project plans (PDF 122KB)

Petroleum safety zones

Policies

Petroleum safety zone assessments policy (PDF 198KB)

Guidance notes

Petroleum safety zones and the Area To Be Avoided guidance note (PDF 574KB)

Forms

Application for a petroleum safety zone form (DOCX 100KB)

Application form for consent to enter a Petroleum Safety Zone (DOC 114KB)

Application form for authorisation to enter the area to be avoided (DOC 107KB)

Report of an alleged petroleum safety zone infringement form (DOC 261KB)

Application form for a petroleum safety zone variation (DOCX 91KB)

Application form to revoke a petroleum safety zone (DOCX 84KB)

Occupational health

Qualifications of medical personnel on offshore facilities guidance note (PDF 835KB)

Noise exposure standards guidance note (PDF 98KB)

Fatigue avoidance guidance note (PDF 249KB)

Technical reports

From time to time NOPSEMA commissions technical reports from external consultancies. Selected reports are made available here.

Offshore petroleum facility accommodation

Technical Report - Offshore Petroleum Facility Accommodation (PDF 738KB) was prepared by SVT Engineering Consultants for NOPSA in July 2011.

Offshore helicopter operations 2010 update

Report - Offshore helicopter operations 2010 update - April 2010 (PDF 2.6MB) was prepared by HART Aviation Advisors for NOPSA in April 2010.

Investigation into the uncontrolled release of hydrocarbons from the Montara Wellhead Platform on 21 August 2009

The following reports were prepared by Stuart Wright Pte Ltd and are dated 17th February 2012.

Health and safety representatives

Policies

HSR assistance by consultant policy (PDF 183KB)

Guidance notes

Involving the workforce guidance note (PDF 518KB)

Workplace arrangements guidance note (PDF 366KB)

Forms

Request for NOPSEMA agreement to HSR assistance by consultant form (DOCX 85KB)

Use of this form is not mandatory, but may be used by HSRs to facilitate the request process.

Handbook

HSR Handbook: A guide for health and safety representatives in Australia's offshore petroleum industry (PDF 2.8MB)

Course outline

Course outline - Health and Safety Representative training for the offshore oil and gas industry - Rev 1 - March 2012 (PDF 189KB)

Forms

Provisional OHS improvement notice form (DOC 57KB)

Request for NOPSEMA agreement to HSR assistance by consultant form (DOCX 85KB)

Inspections

Policies

Inspection policy (PDF 128KB)

OHS planned inspection policy (PDF 260KB)

Guidelines

Role of operator and workforce in planned inspection guideline (PDF 126KB)

Reporting accidents and dangerous occurrences

Guidance notes

Notification and reporting of accidents and dangerous occurrences guidance note (PDF 82KB)

Guidelines

Deaths and injuries - monthly summary reporting guideline (PDF 169KB)

Forms

Deaths and injuries - monthly summary report form (DOC 148KB)

Report of an accident, dangerous occurrence or environmental incident form (DOCX 127KB)

Determinations

Determination - Reporting of accidents and dangerous occurences - March 2012 (PDF 164KB)

Enforcement

Polices

Enforcement policy (PDF 235KB)

Guidelines

NOPSEMA Inspector OHS enforcement decision appeals guideline (PDF 147KB)

Amending the period of notices guideline (PDF 118KB)

Completion of a OHS provisional improvement notice guideline (PDF 125KB)

Forms

Provisional OHS improvement notice form (DOC 57KB)

Other safety resources

Policies

Exemptions policy (PDF 98KB)

Liaison policy (PDF 497KB)

Sharing information with Australian and international agencies policy (PDF 125KB)

Guidance notes

Crane driver competency in the Australian offshore petroleum industry guidance note (PDF 155KB)

Guidelines

Assurance of TEMPSC and associated systems guideline (PDF 98KB)

Information papers

MODU mooring systems in cyclonic conditions information paper (PDF 220KB)

Offshore OHS legislative framework information paper (PDF 61KB)

Reports

Report - Error tolerance in dynamic positioning systems - November 2018 (PDF 291KB)

Report - Safety improvement initiatives in the Australian offshore petroleum industry - January 2018 (PDF 1.4MB)

Interim report - Industry safety improvement initiatives - April 2013 (PDF 382KB)

Regulator articles

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

 

See the Resources page for frequently asked questions, publications, presentations and data reports and statistics.

Note: NOPSEMA's advice documents should not be relied on as advice on the law, nor treated as a substitute for legal advice in any relevant situation. NOPSEMA's assessment, monitoring and enforcement activities are undertaken in accordance with the Regulations. NOPSEMA’s advice documents are subject to periodic review and update. Comments and suggestions on the content of any advice documents are welcomed can be directed to information@nopsema.gov.au.