NOPSEMA is committed to driving improved outcomes in health and safety and recognises the workforce plays an important role in this regard. Beyond direct engagement with the workforce, NOPSEMA also seeks to engage more broadly with organisations that represent the interests of the workforce. This engagement includes regular meetings with relevant unions and safety bodies to understand concerns.
In June 2019, NOPSEMA in collaboration with the Australian Petroleum Production Exploration Association, the Australian Council of Trade Unions and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science successfully hosted the inaugural tripartite Health and Safety Representative (HSR) Forum in Perth.
The forum provided an ideal opportunity for HSRs to engage with their peers, regulatory authorities, and industry bodies. The event also provided a platform for HSRs to share their lessons and stories, test ideas with fellow HSRs, and become better equipped and energised to exercise their role. The forum was well attended with more than 70 HSRs representing an industry-wide team of dedicated individuals from a range of facilities, operators, contractors and professions/trades. A number of key themes were raised by participants during the forum and will be progressed as part of NOPSEMA’s commitment to improving offshore safety.
An ideal opportunity for HSRs to engage with their peers, regulatory authorities, and industry bodies.