Risk Management

Petroplan is committed to reducing the risk to people, environment and communities to as low as reasonably practicable (ALARP).  Our formal risk management procedure documents a common approach and methodology for HSEQ & SR Risk Assessment to ensure consistency in all our global offices.

Petroplan’s senior management team ensure that all our regional offices carry out risk assessments in line with this procedure.  They also ensure that the risk assessment process is adequately resourced and includes sufficient skilled and experienced personnel.

All risk assessments are documented and we agree an internal plan for the implementation of risk reduction measures. Regional offices maintain a country-specific risk register that is regularly reviewed by regional personnel. The HSE Manager is responsible for preparing and maintaining a corporate risk register.

The risk assessment process described below sets out the steps for the efficient management of risk and is based on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) INDG 163 (rev2) – Five Steps to Risk Assessment.

Step 1 – Hazard Identification (HAZID)

An appropriately trained and experienced team carries out HAZID’s within the company.  We use Hazard guidewords to prompt hazard identification, together with a review of accidents and near miss investigation reports from similar operations.

Step 2 – Consequence Analysis

We use the consequence analysis to identify who could be harmed from hazards that we have identified within the operation.  The consequence analysis also measures potential environmental damage, impact on the local community and financial loss.

Step 3 – Risk Evaluation

Risks are evaluated using Petroplan’s HSEQ & SR Risk Matrix.  This is divided into 5 levels for consequence and 5 levels for probability/likelihood. When the risk scores between 17 and 25, we deem the risk to be intolerable, therefore work can only proceed with Petroplan Senior Management agreement. We define the ALARP (As Low As Reasonably Practical) region as a risk score between 5 to 16.  In this region, we will allow work to proceed with the implementation of identified and agreed risk reduction measures.

Step 4 – Risk Reduction Measures and Corrective Actions

We use the hierarchy of risk control – eliminate, substitute, engineering controls, administrative control, PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) – to remove or reduce the risk to ALARP.   Petroplan reduces risks to the lowest reasonably practicable level by taking preventative measures, in order of priority.   

We prioritize all risk reduction measures by risk reduction effect and initial rating of hazard.  Once we have agreed corrective actions, we record the new risk level (treated risk) so that we can take the risk reduction into account.  For risks in the intolerable region, we consider special measures so that we may remove or reduce the risk to the ALARP region.  Petroplan’s Senior Managers are involved in these hazard reviews/evaluations so that they may authorize corrective actions.  All corrective actions have a priority rating, due date and responsible person identified. Risk reduction measures and corrective actions are recorded in Risk Assessment Worksheets.

Step 5 – Review and Updates

The final step in Petroplan’s risk management process is to record risk assessment results in a risk register. The country manager reviews and updates the site specific register at least every six months. Senior Management review the corporate risk register annually in the HSEQ & SR Management Meeting.


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