EIDPMO: Brunei will require ‘safety case’ submission
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
BRUNEI is the first country in the region to require new companies in the oil and gas petrochemical industry with “fixed” or “mobile” facilities to submit a safety case prior to operations, said an official at the Energy and Industry Department at the Prime Minister’s Office (EIDPMO).
EIDPMO Minister Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Mohammad Yasmin Hj Umar confirmed this on Wednesday on the sidelines of a Darussalam Enterprise (DARe) dialogue.
According to the Workplace Safety and Health (Facilities) (Control of Accident Hazards) Regulations 2013, a “fixed facility” refers to a facility that is designed and intended to operate at a single location while a “mobile facility” is a facility that is mobile.
Senior inspector at the EIDPMO’s Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) Division, Captain Jamie Rebelo explained that in the case of a mobile facility, they must submit a safety case and be issued a receipt of a safety case certificate prior to entering Brunei waters
For fixed facilities, they need to submit the safety case and receive the certificate prior to the start of their operations and/or introduction of any hydrocarbon substances on site.
Rebelo told The Brunei Times that the safety case requirement is basically a justification that the company has safety standards, as per the Workplace Safety and Health Order 2009.
The senior inspector said Brunei is the first country in Southeast Asia to practice the process.
“Singapore is picking it up now and they have had engagements with the United Kingdom. The only other country in the region that has safety case requirements is Australia,” he said.
He went on to say that Malaysia has the safety case requirement, but that it was an internal requirement for oil giant Petronas.
“What this means for Brunei is that it creates a standard and ensures that there is (responsibility towards) health, safety and environment. It also shows there is legal backing to it,” he said.
“So when a company delivers a safety case, the understanding is that it is a legal document and that they abide by what is in the safety case. This ensures the discussion (between) the industry and the government is on a legal basis, and that has improved the way we do business,” Rebelo added.
The Brunei Times