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Audit of emergency preparedness and health on Oseberg

Audit: The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) and the Norwegian Board of Health Supervision in Rogaland (Htil) conducted an audit of Statoil Petroleum and the Oseberg Field Centre during the period 10 – 12 November 2009. The audit targeted the areas of emergency preparedness and health-related preparedness. We identified three nonconformities in relation to regulatory requirements and several elements with potential for improvement.


Emphasis was placed on management and guidance of the emergency preparedness, how the emergency preparedness was organised and the facility's role in relation to the area emergency preparedness on Troll-Oseberg, maintenance of emergency equipment, including signposting and marking of escape routes, and competence related to the exercise of emergency preparedness functions.

The main focus of the audit of health-related preparedness was on whether the company had management systems in place to ensure access to resources, the ability to handle situations and competence sufficient to meet the need for first aid, as well as treatment and transport in an emergency situation involving personal injury.

The audit activity also included the cooperation between the offshore and land organisations and, to some degree, integrated operations and ICT security.

The audit was carried out by means of document review, interviews, verifications and observations of an emergency exercise.

Oseberg

Oseberg Field Centre

Background for the audit
Notice of the audit was given on 16 September 2009, as a planned activity under the PSA's audit plan for 2009.

The audit was based on the petroleum regulations, including the Facilities Regulations, Chap. III-IV on emergency preparedness, and the Activities Regulations, Chap. III on health services, Chap. VI-II on competence and Chap. XI on emergency preparedness.

Based on its risk assessments, Htil has planned audits covering health-related preparedness in the current year.

Purpose of the audit
The purpose of the audit was to verify that Statoil safeguards aspects related to emergency preparedness, including health-related preparedness, on the Oseberg Field Centre in accordance with regulatory requirements and the company's own governing documents.

This includes management and guidance of the emergency preparedness, how the emergency preparedness is organised and the role of the facility in relation to the area emergency preparedness on Troll-Oseberg, maintenance of emergency equipment, including signposting and marking of escape routes, competence related to exercise of emergency preparedness functions, and the health-related and emergency medicine preparedness and competence on board the Oseberg Field Centre.

The audit also included the coordination between the offshore and land organisations and, to some degree, integrated operations and ICT security.

Result of the audit
We did not identify factors that would lead to a notification of order, but we did identify three nonconformities and several elements that are defined as having potential for improvement.

The main impression gained from the audit activity is that emergency preparedness is well in hand on the Oseberg Field Centre, but that improvements are needed as regards certain technical and operational aspects of how emergency preparedness is safeguarded on board the Oseberg Field Centre.

The following aspects are commented on in detail in Chapter 5 of the audit report:

  • Training of the nurses is not adequately ensured (NONCONFORMITY)
  • Deficient safety signposting and marking in outside areas (NONCONFORMITY)
  • Deficient stocking of two equipment lockers (NONCONFORMITY)
  • Resource management plan for the area emergency preparedness on Troll-Oseberg has not been updated
  • Deficient training and exercises in relation to the deputy role
  • No location identified for alternative emergency response centre
  • Deficient systems in place for follow-up and learning from exercises
  • Deficient knowledge of and access to ICT security guidelines
  • Deficient procedures for trauma treatment
  • Insufficient knowledge of procedures for first aid providers
  • Deficient training of first aid providers on board

Journal 2009/1169 (documents in Norwegian)

Mike Theiss, Principal engineer
Email: michael.theiss@ptil.no |