Major Incident Response

​​​​​​​The oil and gas industry inherently works with flammable hydrocarbons at high pressure. The impacts of a loss of containment has high potential consequences for people, environment, assets, reputation, livelihood and communities. Oil and gas operators require robust major incident response capabilities to minimise these impacts.

Actively managing the impacts of a loss of containment event, loss of well control or loss of pipeline integrity is a key focus area for Woodside. In addition, our Western Australian stakeholders have an expectation that our domestic gas supply is resilient to adverse events.


Our approach

Woodside maintains a comprehensive and integrated all-hazards approach to its emergency and crisis-management response arrangements by applying the emergency risk management process known as ‘PPRR’ to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from major incident events.

As part of our Emergency and Crisis Management capability strategy we have a 24/7 scalable response framework. Our training and testing of emergency arrangements (including exercise simulations) are aligned to existing or developing risks associated with Woodside’s operations and activities.

Woodside conducts ongoing assurance reviews to assess our facilities’ and operations’ emergency management preparedness and to identify improvement actions.


Our performance

Woodside monitors its hydrocarbon-spill and emergency-management preparedness through a dashboard that tracks performance against capability, competency, compliance and plans.

In addition we conduct annual benchmarking of Woodside’s spill preparedness RETOS Global Spill Benchmarking Tool. [Woodside’s current self-assessment received a score of 99%].


Find out more about our 2016 activities and performance, in addition to 2017 focus areas​.

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