Life-Saving Rules

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

Nine Life-Saving rules


Bypassing Safety Controls

Confined Space


Energy Isolation


Hot Work


Line of Fire


Safe Mechanical Lifting


Work Authorisation


Working at Height



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 

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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 

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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 

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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 

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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 

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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 

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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 

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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 

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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 

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