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.
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):
Journal 2008/1290 (documents in Norwegian)
Mike Theiss, Principal engineer
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