Risk Assessment Prior to Work

Any high HSE-risk (HSE-critical) work is subject to written authorisation and a documented risk assessment performed directly prior to the work (Last Minute Risk Assessment, or “LMRA”).

In the scope of the pre-work risk assessment, the employees participating in the work and the work manager shall check the conditions of the safe and healthy work, item by item. The work may only commence if all protective measures have been found appropriate and the working conditions are safe.

Permit to Work system

Contractors conducting activities in the facilities of FGSZ Ltd. may only perform work in possession of a work permit. The general rule for applying for work a permit is that the contractor must apply for the permit at least 8 working days prior to commencement of the work. The detailed rules are available here. 

Rules relating to approaching and intersecting natural gas pipelines

The route of the natural gas pipelines intersects or enters the clearance zone of several other facilities with a route (electric wires, water pipes, telecommunications cables, roads, etc.).

In order to ensure the safety of operation of the natural gas transmission system, prior to planning any construction activity (including those conducted along a route), the technical safety regulations relating to intersection and approach must be requested to be handed out by our Company, and any such activity is subject to our Company’s approval (Operator’s Declaration).

Works involving the intersection or approaching of natural gas transmission technology (construction activities, maintenance, troubleshooting) are subject to a written work permit from our Company and may only be performed under the supervision of the operator.

HSE-critical activities:
  • Works performed in an explosive environment; 
  • Hot work;
  • Confined space entry;
  • Activities performed with toxic or radioactive materials posing an immediate danger to health and life (e.g. radiological weld inspection);
  • Lifting operations conducted with lifting equipment;
  • Works performed on systems under pressure (e.g. drilling or welding under pressure);
  • Works performed in the vicinity of or under voltage;
  • Works where the safety equipment need to be turned off;
  • Works performed at a high latitude (more than 2 metres above ground level);
  • Earthworks, works performed in a ditch (more than 1 metre below ground level);
  • Works not listed above but qualified as HSE-critical by the person authorising the work or the HSE expert;
Work hazard analysis

The work hazard analysis reviews the dangers of each step of the work processes along a timeline, the endangered persons and the measures via which the risk of accidents can be reduced to an acceptable level. This analysis must be performed for all work processes that involve a high HSE risk.