The regulations and the supervisory system are designed to help enhance the awareness of the companies that they bear total responsibility for operating acceptably.
24 April 2009 | Shift schemes, overtime, shared sleeping quarters, exposure time and rest and recovery are all factors which influence our working environment, the general safety and individual health. "The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway's objective is to get the parties to incorporate working hours in their HSE assessments as an important framework condition," says Eva Hølmebakk who is giving a speech on the topic at the HSE conference on 5 May.
The risk level in the petroleum industry remains stable according to the Risk level reports for 2008 (RNNP). "The PSA expects visible HSE results from the many on-going improvement projects in the industry," says director Magne Ognedal.
Employers in the petroleum sector must do a better job of facilitating workplaces for persons on sick leave or persons who have reduced functionality. Experience from audits we have carried out shows that the situation is worse for contractor employees than for employees of operating companies.
There were no reported undesirable incidents involving personal injury or near-miss hazardous situations in connection with saturation diving in 2008, according to a report from DSYS, a diving database system used by the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA).
Welding, cutting, shearing and grinding involve in part considerable exposure to chemicals. ”It is now important that the industry increases its efforts related to collective and technical barriers – measures that will reduce actual exposure to chemicals during hot work.”
There has been much attention concerning chemical exposure in the petroleum activities in recent years. Hot work, i.e welding, burning, cutting, grinding, etc. may cause high levels of chemical exposure. Personal protective equipment is often the only barrier against exposure.
The Norwegian petroleum sector can draw today on a knowledge bank which allows government, industry and unions to reap safety gains. That makes it possible to monitor and infl uence risk level trends throughout the business.
On 25 March, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) and NAV (the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration) Rogaland will hold a seminar about facilitation for employees on sick leave or with reduced work capacity offshore. The seminar is free of charge and held at the PSA's premises.
Principles for managing risk at land-based plants, including the threat of major accidents, were the main topic when 60 people assembled to discuss their experience in this area.
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) is challenging central technical experts in the petroleum industry to pay more attention to prevention. "We think that much more can be done to prevent accidents that can harm the environment."