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Audit of emergency preparedness on Visund

Audit: In the period from 9 to 10 December, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) carried out an audit of emergency preparedness on the Visund facility, which is operated by Statoil Petroleum. We identified three nonconformities in relation to regulatory requirements and one item with potential for improvement.


During the audit we focused on emergency response management, organisation of emergency response, maintenance of emergency equipment including signposting and marking of evacuation routes, and competence relating to exercise of emergency preparedness functions.

The audit was carried out in the form of document review, interviews, conversations, verifications and observations of ”tabletop exercises” carried out by the facility's Emergency Control Team.

Visund

Visund

Background for the audit
Notification of the audit was given on 29 October 2009 as a scheduled activity in accordance with the PSA's audit plan for 2009. The audit was based on the petroleum regulations, including Chapters III-IV of the Facilities Regulations relating to emergency preparedness, Chapters VI-II of the Activities Regulations relating to competence and Chapter XI relating to emergency preparedness.

Purpose of the audit
The purpose of the audit was to verify that Statoil safeguards emergency preparedness conditions on board the Visund facility in accordance with regulatory requirements and own governing documents.

This includes emergency response management, organisation of emergency response, maintenance of emergency equipment including signposting and marking of evacuation routes, and competence relating to exercise of emergency preparedness functions.

Result of the audit
We did not identify any items which would lead to notification of order, however, three nonconformities in relation to the regulatory requirements and one item with potential for improvement were identified.

The main impression from the audit activity is that emergency preparedness is satisfactorily safeguarded on Visund, but there is a need for improvement of a few technical and operational items in connection with the safeguarding of the emergency response.

The following items are commented on in more detail in Chapter 5 of the audit report (link in the right margin):

  • Deficient signposting and labelling in outdoor areas
  • Deficient labelling of and content in locker for emergency response equipment
  • Radio in man overboard boat
  • Insufficient systems for follow-up and learning after exercises

 Journal 2008/1290 (documents in Norwegian)

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