From 7 to 14 June 2018, the PSA carried out an audit of Equinor’s operations within materials handling, use and maintenance of lifting equipment and scaffolding/access techniques. We also assessed Equinor’s and its contractors’ practices within regular working environment mapping and follow-up of working environment risk, especially for SIP personnel, catering personnel and process operators.
The objective of the activity within logistics and work at height was to:
- Audit the company’s management of materials handling, lifting operations and the technical condition of lifting equipment at Kristin
- Monitor that Equinor’s management of the maintenance of lifting equipment and scaffolding material complies with the company’s and the authorities’ requirements within the scope of the audit
- Monitor tasks performed by the scaffolding division, as well as access techniques and work at height.
The objective for the working environment was to:
- Assess whether Equinor’s and its contractors’ management systems and practices in respect of regular working environment mapping and follow-up of working environment risk comply with the regulations
- Monitor that Equinor, in collaboration with its contractors, is ensuring that framework conditions included in contracts do not have negative HSE consequences
- Assess how Equinor and its contractors facilitate genuine employee participation.
The audit identified regulatory non-conformities in the following areas:
- Follow-up of findings after controls performed by an enterprise of competence for lifting equipment
- Compliance measurement of the offshore cranes and management system for safe use of lifting equipment
- Lifting equipment and loading areas
- Access techniques
- Mapping of workload and assessment of the risk of work-related musculo-skeletal disorders
- Noise and vibration
- Management of the organisational and psycho-social working environment
- Cooperation between the occupational health services
In addition, improvement points were observed in the following areas:
- Roles and responsibilities
- Competence in the repair and maintenance of lifting equipment
- Unsecured lifting equipment
- Cargo deck
- Marking of the cargo deck
- Safety marking
We have asked Equinor to report to us by 31 October 2018 on how they intend to address the non-conformities identified. We have also requested the company’s assessment of the improvement points observed.