Woodside ISSOW Case Study

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Woodside is Australia’s largest publicly traded oil and gas exploration and production company and one of the world’s leading producers of liquefied natural gas. With its headquarters in Perth, Western Australia, Woodside operates offshore and onshore production facilities and employs several thousand people.

Prior to 2008, Woodside used a number of paper-based Permit to Work systems for controlling potentially hazardous works. Without centralised governance, each facility had tailored the core system to suit its own needs, and there was no uniform process in place.

Time for a safety change

Woodside undertook a major project to develop an Integrated Safe System of Work (iSSoW) to standardise its permit to work processes, risk assessment and isolation management as part of its ongoing program to improve the safety of its workers.

Prior to the implementation, Woodside faced a number of issues including:

Using technology to save lives

Woodside recognised that an electronic iSSoW could harness the power of computer technology to ensure that business rules around permit to work, certificates, hazard identification, risk assessment, and isolation management were applied consistently.

Woodside decided to develop a purpose-built system that was flexible enough to meet its stringent requirements and meet Australian regulations.

Woodside selected Sage Technology to develop its iSSoW software solution and the two worked closely to develop the configurable software solution that integrated risk assessment, isolation management and permitry, enforced iSSoW business rules and linked work categories to hazards and controls.

Outcomes anyone would want

Woodside rolled out its iSSoW program and SageSURPASS to more than 4,000 users across its offshore and onshore oil and gas productions facilities and achieved significant improvements including:

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