Health and safety
New Zealand’s energy resources sector is heavily regulated and has a strong health and safety culture.
Over the last 50 years it has a solid and impressive safety record. In fact, the average oil and gas worker is four times more likely to have an accident at home than at work.
No oil and gas activity takes place until every risk has been identified, addressed and planned for. The industry also spends significant amounts of money to avoid spills through cutting edge technology and multiple barriers separating oil and gas from the surrounding environment.
Every large-scale oil and gas facility in New Zealand must have a Safety Case. This is an exhaustive document defining the design, build and operation of any oil and gas facility. This is required by law and submitted to WorkSafe’s High Hazards Unit for acceptance.
All operators must produce detailed plans on how they will maintain well control through the full lifecycle of the well, and in the extremely unlikely event that well control is lost, how they will regain control of a well and respond to an oil spill.
In the unlikely event that an incident did occur it is a fundamental principal that maintaining and recovering well control is the responsibility of the operator, who is liable to pay all costs of bringing the incident under control, the clean-up and recovery.
You can find out more about health and safety at our educational website Energy Mix.
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