Hazards and accidents within our area of responsibility are followed up in various ways, depending on their level of seriousness.
Investigations represent a good way of identifying the causes of serious incidents and focusing attention on causal mechanisms – human, technological and organisational.
Our reaction to a serious incident can take the following forms:
When do we investigate?
Incidents which typically qualify for direct investigation by us include:
Where necessary, an investigation can be conducted in collaboration with other regulatory agencies.
Our investigation acquires facts and identifies causes. On that basis, we assess which responses are required to bring the operation into compliance with the regulations and to prevent similar incidents.
Key role in supervision
Following up incidents forms part of the regulatory concept, and represents an important part of our supervision. Experience from these investigations is used for such purposes as:
We also play an important role in informing the HSE regulators in other countries about incidents on the Norwegian continental shelf which could be relevant for them.