Life-Saving Rules

Everyone at Petrofac must follow our nine Life-Saving Rules. These rules set out our minimum expectations to control the risk of serious injury from common activities. 

The Life-Saving Rules come from a detailed study of fatal and serious accidents in our industry and are meant to draw attention to the activities most likely to lead to fatality, and the life-saving actions over which an individual has control. If properly followed, the nine Life-Saving Rules will help to keep all of us safe.  

Rule one: Bypassing Safety Controls 

Obtain authorisation before overriding or disabling safety controls 

  • I understand and use safety-critical equipment and procedures which apply to my task 
  • I obtain authorisation before:  
    • disabling or overriding safety equipment 
    • deviating from procedures 
    • crossing a barrier 

IOGP Bypassing Safety Controls video


Rule two: Confined Space 

Obtain authorisation before entering a confined space 

  • I confirm energy sources are isolated 
  • I confirm the atmosphere has been tested and is monitored 
  • I check and use my breathing apparatus when required 
  • I confirm there is an attendant standing by 
  • I confirm a rescue plan is in place 
  • I obtain authorisation to enter 

IOGP Confined Space video


Rule three: Driving 

Follow safe driving rules 

  • I always wear a seatbelt 
  • I do not exceed the speed limit, and reduce my speed for road conditions 
  • I do not use phones or operate devices while driving 
  • I am fit, rested and fully alert while driving 
  • I follow journey management requirements 

IOGP Driving video


Rule four: Energy Isolation 

Verify isolation and zero energy before work begins 

  • I have identified all energy sources  
  • I confirm that hazardous energy sources have been isolated, locked, and tagged 
  • I have checked there is zero energy and tested for residual or stored energy 

IOGP Energy Isolation video


Rule five: Hot Work 

Control flammables and ignition sources 

  • I identify and control ignition sources 
  • Before starting any hot work: 
    • I confirm flammable material has been removed or isolated 
    • I obtain authorisation 
  • Before starting hot work in a hazardous area I confirm: 
    • a gas test has been completed 
    • gas will be monitored continually 

IOGP Hot Work video


Rule six: Line of Fire 

Keep yourself and others out of the line of fire 

  • I position myself to avoid: 
    • moving objects 
    • vehicles 
    • pressure releases 
    • dropped objects 
  • I establish and obey barriers and exclusion zones 
  • take action to secure loose objects and report potential dropped objects 

IOGP Line of Fire video


Rule seven: Safe Mechanical Lifting 

Plan lifting operations and control the area 

  • I confirm that the equipment and load have been inspected and are fit for purpose 
  • I only operate equipment that I am qualified to use 
  • I establish and obey barriers and exclusion zones 
  • I never walk under a suspended load 

IOGP - Safe Mechanical Lifting video


Rule eight: Work Authorisation 

Work with a valid permit when required 

  • I have confirmed if a permit is required 
  • I am authorised to perform the work 
  • I understand the permit  
  • I have confirmed that hazards are controlled and it is safe to start 
  • I stop and reassess if conditions change 

IOGP - Work Authorisation video


Rule nine: Working at Height 

Protect yourself against a fall when working at height 

  • I inspect my fall protection equipment before use 
  • I secure tools and work materials to prevent dropped objects 
  • I tie off 100% to approved anchor points while outside a protected area 

IOGP - Working at Height video