Qld oil and gas safety induction extended to WA/NT

Tuesday, 22 October, 2019

Qld oil and gas safety induction extended to WA/NT

The Industry Safety Induction (ISI) training course that has been running in Queensland for the past three years has now been launched in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. On 1 October 2019, ERGT and IFAP commenced delivering ISI training in both jurisdictions. From 1 January 2020, all new starts will be required to satisfactorily complete the ISI prior to working on the development and operation of onshore or offshore facilities in the WA/NT oil and gas exploration and production industry.

The ISI is a one-day training course that ensures participants are equipped with the knowledge and skills to operate safely in their roles as they enter the industry. New starts have been required to attend the ISI in Queensland since 2016. Industry leaders in WA/NT identified an opportunity to adapt the course for a WA/NT audience, including application to major hazard facilities, and to thereby achieve a consistent approach to induction across the industry.

A key component to improving the industry’s safety performance is the competence and behaviour of industry personnel, particularly new starts. Prior to introducing the ISI, the competence of personnel varied widely in the industry. Common core safety competency requirements had not been established.

Many contractors work for several operators, often on various sites. A common induction program removes duplication, cost inefficiencies and potential confusion via mixed messages when delivering safety inductions to workers as they move from client to client and site to site.

Topics covered in the ISI include:

  • Introduction to the oil and gas exploration and production industry
  • General overview of legislation and duty of care obligations
  • Workplace hazards and risks
  • Communicating about hazards and risks in the workplace
  • Expectations of safe workplace behaviour

The course has a single objective: to keep people safe at work. It provides a ‘ticket to work’ for all workers that satisfy competence and behavioural requirements and ensure that this ticket to work is accepted by all industry operators and contractors.

Safer Together has partnered with ERGT and IFAP to deliver the course in WA and NT. From 1 October 2019, courses will be available in Perth, Karratha and Darwin. This adds to the availability of courses offered in Queensland by AWCC and Wild Geese International.

More information about the Industry Safety Induction is available at safertogether.com.au/isi.

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