Karratha forums to focus on saving lives

       •ALARP safety training aims to reduce critical risks

       •Two more forums planned due to high demand 

Saving lives by making risks ‘As Low As Reasonably Practicable’ - or ALARP - will be the focus of two Karratha forums for petroleum and major hazard facility operators this month.

 
Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion said incidents such as the Varanus Island pipeline explosion, the Montara blowout and the Deepwater Horizon disaster highlighted the critical risks presented by petroleum operations and major hazard facilities.
 
“It has been more than 25 years since the Piper Alpha oil production explosion where 167 men died in the North Sea and forever changed safety in the industry,” Mr Marmion said.
 
“While such incidents are rare, the potential consequences of ignoring warning signs or failing to address the safety risks can be catastrophic.”
 
The forums will promote the concept of ALARP and highlight how petroleum industry workers and major hazard facility operators can reduce their risks.  They will also detail requirements of the Department of Mines and Petroleum’s for documenting safety cases and reports.
 
The Karratha events follow the State’s first ALARP forum in Perth last November, hosted by the department’s new Critical Risk Group.
 
Bookings for the Perth event were high.  Following discussions with local operators, the department decided to host forums in the Pilbara, which has a high concentration of petroleum and major hazard facilities.
 
“Attendees at the Perth event provided feedback that it was extremely informative and helped operators improve internal processes, while reducing review times for safety case reports submitted to the department,” the Minister said.
 
“Forums like these are an important part of our work with the petroleum sector to improve safety outcomes in Western Australia’s resources industry.”
 
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      •The forums will be held on February 17 and 18, 2015
      •For more information on these free events, visit http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/events

Minister’s office - 6552 6800

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