Q3 Award Jason Blog Post

Jason Hughes Wins 2022 Q3 National Safety Award for Best Workplace Hazard Solution

20/06/2022BY: Claude Drulik

​Decommissioning existing infrastructure is an important aspect of end-of-life asset management, not least because of the complexities around workplace safety. Many ongoing safety challenges can be mitigated through routine inspections, but this is not always easy to manage.

To make routine inspections simple at Rio Tinto’s Gove mine, Jason Hughes developed a bespoke solution – a refinery closure website, a custom refinery access control hazard ID database and a process flow to track routine inspections. He also created an interactive map to provide short videos of relevant hazards in various zones. This helped all personnel appreciate the current state of the refinery and assess task-related risks.

Jason’s system successfully manages risk profiles of end-of-life assets.

When a new hazard is logged, Jason’s solution automatically communicates this information to key personnel interfacing with the refinery. This makes it far easier to report the state of refinery assets, decide associated risks and manage safety procedures widely. It also helps share this data easily with demolition contractors, letting them seamlessly take responsibility for access control.

To develop his solution, Jason consulted with the IS&T team, operational teams and contractors.

Since launch, Jason’s system has evolved enormously. Hazards are now effectively communicated, and data management processes deeply embedded and fully optimised. As designed, his system has also gone on to serve as a guide to the contracting company undertaking the refinery demolition, which has used it to identify, communicate and track 90% of all hazards in the area.

In recognition for designing his impressive system, Jason won the WorkPac 2022 Q3 Safety Award.

Congratulations Jason!