United Pacific Drilling | Safety
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Consistence Performance, Continuous Production

Experience, Approach and Systems

UPD’s highly qualified, experienced management and supervision ensure drilling operations are managed effectively, efficiently and above all safely.  UPD Site Managers are responsible for operational and safety performance, and are supported by Operation Manager/s, Logistics, Administration and Human Resources, as well as site based Health Safety and Training Professionals.

UPD’s operational business model is to empower and engage its site based management to self-determine and manage their own operations, supported by UPD management procedure and training to enable them to make the best safety and business decisions.

Generally a UPD site operation employs the following support staff:

  1. Two Site Managers (back to back swing, depending on the size of operation)
  2. Two (or more depending on size and type of operation) Driller Supervisors on back to back swing
  3. Logistics/administration support (one of each swing depending on size and type of operation)
  4. Maintenance staff (one per swing, usually more depending on number of rigs in operation)
  5. Safety Training Coordinator (one per swing.

UPD’s systems and processes are instructed to all employees so they understand their role and responsibilities to safety and performance.  This is then supported by site based compliance inspections and audit schedules which are maintained on a monthly performance noticeboard for both client and employee information.

UPD engages its employees through weekly Toolbox Talks and safety meetings as well as a mentoring and coaching perspective of supervision at all levels of the operation.

UPD has built the majority of its existing system on a collaboration of recognized global Drilling and OHS standards developed from in-house knowledge, government safe work recommendations, tier 1 mining companies and junior exploration groups.  UPD has participated in workshops, meetings and discussions focused the review and development of our standards and practices with every key stakeholder.

Health and Safety

United Pacific Drilling International (UPD) has an established Corporate Health and Safety Management Plan.  This plan is to be utilized by country and site managers in the first instance and as a guide to UPD Corporate goals and expectations when performing risk assessments and writing a country and site specific Health and Safety Management Plan.

The intent of this Plan (and associated systems) is to ensure all persons working on UPD sites have the appropriate information, skills and resources necessary to effectively control risks to health and safety.  The vision and objectives of the Health and Safety Business Unit are outlined in the Health and Safety Policy.  The Health and Safety Policy is endorsed by UPDs Board of Directors and details the Company’s commitment to health and safety management.  It outlines UPDs drive to prevent, reduce or eliminate potential Health and Safety issues and the potential impact on UPD personnel.  The Health and Safety Policy is displayed in workplaces and is communicated to workers through training and induction processes. The Plan describes the systems and processes in place to meet the objectives of the Health and Safety Policy

Policy Intent:

To ensure the well being of our employees, contractors and stakeholders health and safety through safe work practices and a healthy work environment.

Performance Requirements:

  1. Communicate United Pacific Drilling (UPD’s) health and safety policy and procedures to all employees, contractors and stakeholders.
  2. Comply with applicable health and safety legislation, standards and other requirements while maintaining management systems that are integrated into UPDs business activities.
  3. Establish with employees, contractors and stakeholders their obligations and responsibilities in achieving a healthy and safe workplace.
  4. Incorporation of health and safety management and reporting practices into all aspects of the business.
  5. Health and safety risk management systems and procedures established that are relevant to the nature and scale of the work being undertaken.
  6. Health and safety performance monitored and maintained by setting measurable targets and seeking continual improvement.
  7. Periodically review and revise health and safety policy and procedures to ensure quality and relevance.

United Pacific Drilling utilises Australian Standards and an integrated risk based management system to manage its risks to as low as reasonably practicable for its clients and its own drilling operations.  United Pacific Drilling relies on the following four (4) key drivers for success:

  1. Easy to read and understand risk based procedures and Safe Work Instructions
  2. Ongoing Australian Standard, competency based training,
  3. Strong leadership and supervision (inclusive of coaching and mentoring),
  4. Site based compliance activity schedules to ensure that all company, client and regulatory compliance are met by all operations.

Please refer to United Pacific Drilling Policy Library for Health and Safety Policy.

Safety Management Tools


UPD Safe is a model developed in order to provide a system that all UPD staff can use to ensure work is done safely and that the conditions and equipment are safe to work with.

UPD Safe provides a set of Model Procedures and Standards to follow. This is supported by Operational Safe Working Procedures and Job Safety Analysis Sheets.

The manual is provided to give insight into; who is accountable for ensuring that the work is done to the standard required? Why each of the standards has been written (intent)?

The criteria for determining the minimum acceptable standards (requirements).


A manual captures the UPD SAFE model and it’s accessible to all employees through its department/Site Manager, Supervisor or the Safety Manager in a hard copy format. All employees are made familiar in the use of these procedures as applicable.


In order to maintain safety standards at the highest level, UPD ensures necessary changes for standards are done to reflect current knowledge about hazards. Employee’s feedback and knowledge required to ensure that procedures and standards are effective and applicable to our work.


United Pacific Drilling utilises a variety of strategies to manage risks within their business and operational units.  United Pacific Drilling relies on the collective knowledge and experience of its strong leadership teams at operational and corporate level.  These leaders provide knowledge and advice and bring vast experience in operational matters.  The utilisation of existing industry and Australian Standards is another control that United Pacific Drilling utilises as a risk management strategy.  Further site based compliance inspections and audit schedules are implemented for United Pacific Drilling to monitor, and manage operational risk.


All sites have a daily, weekly and monthly schedule of compliance checklists and audits that are completed and actioned through the United Pacific Drilling central risk management system.  United Pacific Drilling utilises the following tools to assist and manage risks for business and operations. These include:

  1. SLAM /TAKE 5 / C STOP Control. These tools are chosen based on client / site practices.  United Pacific Drilling is familiar with and utilises each of these tools.
  2. Pre Starts- United Pacific Drilling utilises Pre Start checklists for all plant and equipment to ensure operational compliance and safety. These Pre Starts are based on category A, B and C class of defect.  All defects are reported to maintenance and site management.
  3. Hazard Reports. Hazard reports are performed each day, and are managed out. All hazards are recorded in our database and forms part of the Hazard Register
  4. Job Safety Analysis (JSA). United Pacific Drilling utilises a system of job or task analysis.  This also aligns with UPD’s commitment to the Australian Standards Environmental operating practices (AS/NZS ISO 14001).  UPD utilises two types of JSA, one for the risk assessment of all operational Safe Work Instruction and procedures to be developed and reviewed.  The second type of JSA is a field JSA which is utilised by operational staff when a task is required to be performed under varying circumstances such as:
    1. When there is no existing procedure / JSA,
    2. Prevailing environmental or operational conditions have changed requiring further assessment,
    3. When trialling a new process,
    4. When trialling new equipment.

The JSA provides for risk ratings, corrective actions and action allocation and review. These JSA’s are recorded in our database and are reviewed, and can be converted to new procedures and SWI’s.

Overview of Incident Reporting and Investigation

The principle objective of United Pacific Drillings incident investigation system is to prevent recurrence, reduce risk and advance health and safety performance. All incident reporting is mandatory and varying levels of investigation are conducted based on actual and potential consequence and likelihood of reoccurrence.


Employees receive regular training in the incident management system and their Roles and responsibilities in respect to this procedure.  Incident investigators are trained in investigative techniques, gathering of evidence and report writing.


All incident investigations are reviewed by the principal safety professional or Safety Manager while all significant incidents are reviewed by the review team comprising of the Managing Director, Operations Manager, Site Manager and principal safety professional or Safety Manager.


All corrective actions are monitored and reviewed for completeness and effectiveness before the incident is closed out of the system.  All incidents and significant hazards are reviewed by all staff at the weekly Toolbox/safety meetings on site.

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