Esso Australia Ltd. has, over the last few years, implemented significant enhancements to the safety management program covering its Bass Strait operations. The program focuses on involvement by both line management and employees in operations and technical support areas.

This paper describes the actions Esso has taken to enhance employee's attitudes towards safety which have brought about a major and measurable improvement in personnel safety performance.

The key elements of the program have been senior management leadership, commitment and accountability, workplace ownership and involvement, contractor involvement, improved procedures and training, implementation of a risk management program, and an improved incident investigation and analysis system.

Coupled with this, Esso has embarked upon a significant program of facility upgrades to take advantage of new developments in technology. This paper also describes the controls we have implemented to ensure that these upgrades are designed and installed safely.

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