Under the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources Act 1967, Petroleum Pipelines Act 1969 and Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1982 and related regulations, a dangerous occurrence must be reported to the department.
A dangerous occurrence is defined in the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources (Management of Safety) Regulations 2010 to be an occurrence that:
- did not cause, but could reasonably have been expected to cause:
- the death of, or serious personal injury to, a person engaged in the operation or other protected person or;
- a member of the workforce to be incapacitated from performing work for the period of 1 or more days
- was, or resulted in, or could have potentially resulted in, any of the following:
- a fire or explosion
- the release of an amount of geothermal or hydrocarbon vapour that is likely to constitute a hazard
- the release of an amount of petroleum liquid or geothermal fluid that is likely to constitute a hazard
- an unplanned event that required the emergency response plan to be implemented
- damage to safety-critical equipment
- a reasonable operator would consider to require an immediate investigation.
Refer to Petroleum Pipelines Act 1969
Refer to Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1982
What is a notifiable accident?
A notifiable accident on a petroleum operation or geothermal energy operation must be reported. This includes:
- an accident that causes the death of, or serious personal injury to, any person
- an accident that causes a member of the workforce to be incapacitated from performing work for a period
- a dangerous occurrence.
To whom and where does this apply?
This applies to:
- company employees
- self-employed persons
who, through their injury, have:
- lost time from work
- been assigned to alternate or light duties
- been put on restricted hours.
A serious injury is considered to be a loss time injury (LTI) greater than 1 day. If a fatality has resulted from an injury it is classed as a serious injury. A minor injury is a reportable injury that is not classified as serious.
How are incidents reported?
Below are links to assist in how incidents are reported.