The audit covered various activities, such as document review, interviews, inspections, meetings/presentations, verifications and observations in meetings, exercises and drills.
Prior to travelling to the facility, the PSA was in dialogue with Statoil's authority coordinator regarding the audit activity. A review was carried out of central governing documents for emergency preparedness matters.
On board the facility, the audit team started with a safety round (familiarity round). After this, a start-up meeting was held. Participants in the meeting included management personnel on board, as well as representatives from the safety delegate service. Interviews were then carried out of personnel with emergency preparedness functions. The audit team conducted 11 interviews divided among about 30 employees and held a separate meeting with the safety delegate service. The audit team observed the conduct of an emergency preparedness exercise in which the facility's entire emergency preparedness organisation was involved. The audit team also observed the deployment of an MOB boat (man over board boat).
A facility inspection was carried out. Limited verifications of competency overviews were carried out for personnel with emergency preparedness functions, as well as other document reviews of exercises and drills. In conclusion, a summary meeting was carried out on board the facility, where the audit team presented its observations.
The audit activity was well facilitated by Statoil, and the involved personnel contributed in a constructive and positive manner.
Statoil was notified of the audit on 30 April 2010 as a scheduled activity in accordance with the PSA's audit plan for 2010. Originally, the plan was to carry out the audit on Gullfaks C, but due to several concerns, it was moved to and carried out on Gullfaks A.
The audit activity was directed towards the specific discipline emergency preparedness. Key provisions in the regulations relating to this audit activity are: ”Regulations relating to conduct of activities in the petroleum activities (the Activities Regulations), Chapter VI-II regarding competence and XI regarding emergency preparedness; Regulations relating to design and outfitting of facilities, etc. in the petroleum activities (the Facilities Regulations), Chapters III-IV regarding emergency preparedness; and Regulations relating to management in the petroleum activities (the Management Regulations), Chapter III regarding resources and processes.”
The audit activity was rooted in one of the PSA's four main priorities for 2010, technical and operational barriers.
The audit activity was directed towards the specific discipline emergency preparedness, where the purpose was to evaluate whether personnel on the facility take into account and operate within the relevant requirements stipulated in the regulations and in Statoil’s own internal company requirements and governing documents. The regulatory requirements and Statoil's internal company requirements are considered audit criteria.
The audit covered the following topics:
The audit activity was carried out according to the set plan. The main impression is that emergency preparedness is satisfactorily safeguarded on Gullfaks A. The emergency preparedness organisation appears to be robust. Still, we registered a need for improving technical and operational conditions for better safeguarding of emergency preparedness.
We identified the following nonconformities and improvement items:
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