WA’s Mines Minister, Bill Marmion, has used Scotland’s Piper Alpha Oil disaster of 1988 to highlight the importance of improving safety in the petroleum industry.
The Minister made the comments while promoting a series of ALARP (As Low As Reasonably Practicable) safety forums to be held in Karratha later this month.
“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 concepts behind ALARP will be discussed and dissected at the forum, with the key theme being, “How to reduce risk”. The forums will also detail requirements of the Department of Mines and Petroleum’s for documenting safety cases and reports.
“Forums like these are an important part of our work with the petroleum sector to improve safety outcomes in Western Australia’s resources industry.”
The forums will be held on February 17 and 18, 2015 at the Ibis Style, Karratha. Entry is free however pre-registration is required.
For more information visit the Department of Mines and Petroleum’s website.