The Gas Standards (Gasfitting and Consumer Gas Installations) Regulations 1999 require that an incident involving the sudden discharge of gas or that otherwise relates to gas and causes or is likely to cause injury to a person or damage to property must immediately be reported to the Director of Energy Safety and to the relevant gas supplier where applicable. The Gas Standards (Gas Supply and System Safety) Regulations 2000 specify levels of major discharge of gas in incidents that need to be reported to the Director of Energy Safety.

All reported incidents are recorded on a database maintained by EnergySafety. The information contained within this report has been compiled from this data. This report provides a comparative analysis of trends in terms of frequency of incidents. EnergySafety is the regulator for downstream gas incidents in Western Australia.

The introduction of mandatory reporting of gas incidents in 1999 resulted in a significant increase in the amount of data recorded, indicating a greater awareness of the reporting requirements. This report focuses on the ten year period from 2004/05 to 2013/14.

Gas related incidents can vary from a gas leak to a fatality. This report analyses incidents resulting in fatality, serious injury and minor injury and has been categorised into two major sections based on utilisation and supply of gas. The majority of incidents reported relate to gas utilisation and this segregation allows for a better understanding of the data in identifying trends.

EnergySafety acknowledges the contribution of the Economic Regulation Authority for its permission to utilise and reprint the ‘Gas Licensing Distribution Systems and Trading Locations’ map as sourced from its website.