Authority to Work Project
To implement an effective step by step process to undertake work safely in Stanwell Corporation Ltd.
The genesis of this major project was a smaller ‘Safety at Work’ (SAW) project led by Thermodyne Technologies. This dealt with high risk activities, electrical safety issues, protocols for working in confined spaces etc. As a result of the successes achieved through the SAW team, Stanwell Corporation’s management increased the brief to one which would precipitate a cultural shift in relation to safe practice across all Stanwell Corporation sites.
Under the wider project the existing ‘permit to work’ system is to be replaced with an ‘Authority to Work’ (ATW) system. This is to include isolation processes and integrate:
- planning & preparation for work,
- risk assessment &
- integrated change management & communication strategies linked to the outcomes of the project. We have lead processes which highlight to staff at all levels the linkages between the in-spirit adoption of ATW principles, the company’s bottom line and the welfare of the individual employees.
- applied knowledge of the business processes required for effective management of operations and maintenance in heavy industry.
- successfully linked with stakeholders at all levels. (Steering committees – ATW & SAW; Project teams; GM Operations & Maintenance; GM Business Services; Health & Safety Systems Manager; all site managers across the entire corporation, business managers, team leaders, technicians & trades personnel). For example, Thermodyne Technologies has been talking in one instance with the GM about a multi-million dollar budget & then the next with a mechanical fitter about how his job will change.
- The project is bringing about a necessary shift in organizational culture
- It has precipitated significant role changes within the organization.
- The ‘Authority to Work’ system has been implemented as a pilot at one site,
to be followed by a rollout across all Stanwell sites.