Golden rules of safety


Everyone at Petrofac must follow our eight Golden Rules of Safety. These rules set out our minimum expectations to control the risk of serious injury from common activities.

The Golden Rules come from a detailed study of fatal and serious accidents in our industry. The lessons learned from those accidents have been turned into a few simple rules which, if properly followed, will help to keep all of us safe.

Rule one - confined space entry

Entry into confined space will only proceed when:

  • all other options have been ruled out
  • permit is issued with authorisation by a responsible person(s)
  • permit is communicated to all affected personnel and posted, as required
  • all persons involved are competent to do the work
  • all sources of energy affecting the space have been isolated
  • testing of atmospheres is conducted, verified and repeated as often as defined by the risk assessment
  • stand-by person is stationed
  • unauthorised entry is prevented

Rule two - management of change

Work arising from temporary and permanent changes to organisation, personnel, systems, process, procedures, equipment, products, materials or substances, and laws and regulations will proceed only when a Management of Change process is completed, where applicable, to include:

  • a risk assessment conducted by all impacted by the change
  • development of a work plan that clearly specifies the timescale for the change and any control measures to be implemented regarding:
     - equipment, facilities and process  - operations,maintenance,inspection procedures                              - training, personnel and communication documentation
  • authorisation of the work plan by the responsible person(s) through completion

Rule three - ground disturbance

Work that involves a man-made cut, cavity, trench or depression in the earth's surface formed by earth removal will only proceed when:

  • a hazard assessment of the work site is completed by the competent person(s)
  • all underground hazards, i.e. pipelines, electric cables, etc., have been identified, located and if necessary, isolated

Where persons are to enter an excavation:

  • a confined space entry permit must be issued if the entry meets the confined space definition
  • ground movement must be controlled and collapse is prevented by systematically shoring, sloping, benching, etc. as appropriate
  • ground and environmental conditions must be continuously monitored for change

Rule four - lifting operations

Lifts utilising cranes, hoists, or other mechanical lifting devices will start only when:

  • an assessment of the lift has been completed and the lift method and equipment has been determined by a competent person
  • operators of powered, lifting devices are trained and certified for that equipment
  • rigging of the load is carried out by a competent person(s)
  • lifting devices and equipment has been certified for use within the last 12 months
  • load does not exceed dynamic and static capacities of the lifting equipment
  • any safety devices installed on lifting equipment are operational
  • all lifting devices and equipment have been visually examined before each lift by a competent person(s)

Rule five - energy isolation

Any isolation of energy systems – mechanical, electrical, process, hydraulic and others – will only proceed when:

  • the method of isolation and discharge of stored energy are agreed and executed by a competent person(s)
  • any stored energy is discharged
    a system of locks and tags is utilised at isolation points
  • a test is conducted to ensure the isolation is effective
  • isolation effectiveness is periodically monitored

Rule six - permit to work

Before conducting work that involves confined space entry, work on energy systems, ground disturbance in locations where buried hazards may exist, or hot work in potentially explosive environments, a permit must be obtained that:

  • defines scope of work
  • identifies hazards and assesses risk
  • establishes control measures to eliminate or mitigate hazards
  • links the work to other associated work permits or simultaneous operations
  • is authorised by the responsible person(s)
  • communicates above information to all involved in the work
  • ensures adequate control over the return to normal operations

Rule seven - driving safety

All categories of vehicle, including self-propelled mobile plant, will be operated only when:

  • vehicle is fit for purpose, inspected and confirmed to be in safe working order
  • passenger number does not exceed manufacturer’s design specification
  • loads are secure and do not exceed manufacturer’s design specifications or legal limits
  • seat belts are installed and worn by all occupants
  • safety helmets are worn by riders and passengers of motorcycles, bicycles, quads, snow-mobiles and similar types of vehicle

Drivers are authorised and:

  • they are trained, certified and medically fit to operate the class of vehicle
  • they are not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and are not suffering from fatigue
  • they do not use hand-held cell phones and radios while driving

Rule eight - working at heights

Working at heights of two metres or higher above the ground will only proceed when:

  • a fixed platform is used with hand rails, verified by a competent person or …
  • fall arrest equipment is used that has:
  1. a proper anchor - preferably overhead
  2. full body harness using double latch self locking snap hooks at each connection
  3. synthetic fibre lanyards
  4. shock absorber
  • fall arrest equipment will limit free fall to two metres or less
  • a visual inspection of the fall arrest equipment and system is completed and any equipment that is damaged or has been activated is taken out of service
  • person(s) are competent to perform the work