Health, Safety & Environmental BulletinBulletins highlight issues that will be experienced throughout the industry, and prove a useful tool to encourage the raising of standards and awareness of health and safety issues industry wide. No 570
01 June 2017
Esso Life Saving Rules
We believe that the ExxonMobil Lifesaving rules cover the four highest risk activities that we undertake on site, so will be discussing these with each site team we audit as part of our refresh initiative over the next month. The rules are attached to this note and I would urge all employees to take a few minutes to ensure that they understand these and think about the personal implication they have on them.
Isolate energy systems – This is normally considered to be LOTO of electrical circuits, but could also include any spring-loaded mechanisms, pressure systems or flywheel systems. Before working on any stored energy system it must be correctly isolated and the LOTO checklist must be completed. Don’t rely on somebody else’s word that a system is safe – check it yourself and apply your own lockout system.
Protect yourself against a fall – Working at heights is one of the most common activities we do, and is high risk. We therefore have strict control measures that must be completed before working at height. Always read the JSA for the task before work at height and complete the relevant W@H, PASMA, and MEWP checklists. Where possible the work at height should be avoided or reduced – often preparation at ground level can reduce the work needed at height. Always inspect access equipmentMachinery or equipment used to gain access to a place on a site. before use and only use it for its intended purpose.
Barricade to protect yourself – Barriers should always be erected around your work area (even on closed sites). Where practicable the van must be used as an additional barrier to the oncoming traffic. The barriers are to protect other site users from entering the work area, and to protect you from traffic on site. Ensure the barriers are sturdy and highly visible. In high winds the barriers may need additional support to keep them stable – do not ignore a barrier that has fallen over.
Test for safe atmosphere – Although we do not enter confined spaces, this also applies to carrying out hot work near the hazardous areas. Always use a vapour monitor to test for explosive vapours before drilling near the hazardous zone.