Safe for Life - everyday, always!

Seqwater places great emphasis on safety, the environment and the quality of our work.

We have created a safety culture where all employees and contractors are responsible for safety, and empowered to make safer decisions.

Our Golden Rules

Our Golden Rules was developed to ensure safety is always at the forefront of our minds. It provides the foundation to build our strong and proud safety culture.

All Seqwater employees and contractors must comply with Our Golden Rules.

Life Saving Controls

Safety is a core value that underpins our everyday choices and actions. To help achieve these, our Life Saving Controls serve as a quick reference guide to controlling ten critical hazards associated with Seqwater operations.

Each Life Saving Control is supported by a detailed procedure, which must be referenced when conducting work.

More information is provided below

Contractor induction

Contractors, workers and sub-contractors

Seqwater contractors, workers and sub-contractors must be aware of their WHS obligations, WHS policies and procedures, and hazards at our sites. We have two types of inductions that will help you do this:

1. Seqwater Contractor Induction - informs all contractors (including their workers and subcontractors) of their obligations when working with us.
2. Workplace Specific Induction - provides important site-specific information about particular known hazards that may be present, site emergency procedures, location of facilities and other important site details.

Inductions must be completed before commencing work and are to be renewed every two years, and for scheme inductions every three years.

They are available online through our learning management portal, Our Learning, and may be completed before attending the work site.

All contractors are expected to comply with the requirements outlined in the inductions. Failure to do so may result in termination (or loss) of the contract to carry out work for Seqwater.

Log in to the induction and training portal, using the link below. 

For assistance with inductions, please read the following helpful guides:

Hazard and risk identifcation

Workplace WHS Risk Registers

Any job with potential exposure to hazards must be carefully planned. 

All Seqwater sites have a risk register. Your engaging officer will advise of any known hazards or risks associated with the workplace. You may also request a copy to be informed of the potential hazards associated with the site you are working at. 

Before commencing onsite, contractors must submit a Job Safety and Enironment Analysis (JSEA) or Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) identifying any hazards and controls associated with the work you will undertake.

Download a JSEA/SWMS template here.

Incident and hazard reporting

All hazards, near misses, incidents and injuries must be reported to Seqwater’s Incident Hotline. Your engaging officer will give you the details.

If you are involved in, or witness, an incident, near miss, or discover a security breach you must:

  • notify the relevant Seqwater manager/supervisor as soon as possible
  • contact Seqwater’s Incident Hotline
  • assist in the investigation if required.

Never put yourself in danger.

Permit Access Safety System (PASS)

Seqwater's site access system

Launched in April 2016, Seqwater's Permit Access Safety System (PASS) manages access to our sites and controls work that is conducted on these sites. It enables us to control when work activities occur, manage impacts of work activities, and allows greater visibility of what work is occurring at any point in time. 

Site access approval

You must obtain site access approval before undertaking any work at an Seqwater site, unless the work involves performing administration activities (such as attending a meeting) within one of our administration areas.

Your engaging officer is responsible for organising your site access approval, or setting you up with login details for PASS to apply for your own site access. If you have been provided with your own login details, use the buttons below to apply for site access, or login to our training portal.

Note: Contractors must arrange PASS logins with your Seqwater engaging officer. If you do not have a PASS login, contact your Seqwater engaging officer to arrange your site access.

   

When applying for site access, view:

The following procedures provide additional information about PASS:

Permits

Depending on the type of work being conducted, permits may be required. PASS requires the use of the following permits:

1. Major Works Permit (MWP) – this permit is required for all work activities that will impact, or are assessed as having a high risk of impacting, water supply to customers, water quality or the management of flood mitigation assets. 
2. Control Systems Permit (CSP) – this permit is used to manage work activities performed on Seqwater’s control systems. This permit is managed as part of the site access approval process.
3. Project Works Permit (PWP) – this permit is required for all projects that involve construction work. This permit is only used by a Seqwater project manager.
4. High-Risk Work Permits – these permits are used to manage the hazards associated with high-risk work activities.

Seqwater has the following high-risk work permits and rescue plans:

Isolations

You must be authorised by Seqwater to perform isolations on Seqwater assets. Planning for any work being undertaken at Seqwater will include planning how isolations will be undertaken and who will be responsible for completing the isolation.

If you are working under the control of an isolation, you must attach a blue personal lock and personal danger tag to the lock board before commencing the work activity. You must discuss training and authorisation requirements with your engaging officer if you are performing isolations.

Training

Contractors conducting work (other than administrative tasks) on any Seqwater site must complete the PASS Overview Training. If a contractor is also required to apply for, or work under, a Major Works Permit they must also complete the Major Works Permit Training. PASS training is online, with both these courses taking approximately half an hour each to complete. Click on the training button below, and search the catalogue for PASS to complete your training.