Safety spells success

 Article published in the Regulator | Issue 2: 2019

The inaugural Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) Forum was held in Perth on 12-13 June this year. Organised by a tripartite committee lead by NOPSEMA, with representatives from government, industry and unions, the two day event provided an opportunity for HSRs to engage with their peers, regulatory authorities, and industry safety bodies.

More than 70 HSRs from production, drilling, vessel and onshore facilities attended the forum, resulting in a great mix of trades and disciplines from both operator and contractor organisations. The event, which comprised of a one-day pilot HSR refresher training followed by a one-day collaborative discussion, was part of a program to build engagement with HSRs and promote their critical role in keeping the offshore workforce safe. The discussions throughout the two days provided an opportunity for HSRs to share their lessons and stories, as well as test ideas with fellow HSRs.

One of the highlights was an insightful keynote presentation from a workforce representative who was actively involved in the Montara well incident in 2009. The presentation was a valuable reminder to HSRs that things can and do go wrong, and although this was a significant event from an environmental perspective, all personnel on board were evacuated safely.

Over the next few weeks, the organising committee will review the structure of the forum, discuss feedback received and review outcomes of the event with a view to sharing these more broadly with interested stakeholders via NOPSEMA’s website and the Regulator magazine.

NOPSEMA would like to take this opportunity to thank the HSRs who attended the forum in particular for their enthusiastic participation across the two days. To stay updated about next steps, subscribe to our latest news at nopsema.gov.au.