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Audit of facilitation of employee participation on Åsgard B

The audit of facilitation of employee participation on Åsgard B was carried out in parallel with the audit of emergency preparedness from 18 to 20 May 2011.

The activity must be seen in the context of the notice relating to audit of facilitation of employee participation in EPN, sent to Statoil on 22 February 2011.

As Statoil EPN had not fully implemented the new model for the safety delegate service and in a letter dated 30 March 2011 requested a postponement of the announced audit meeting with EPN on 7 April 2011, the PSA chose to start the announced audit activity on Åsgard B.

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway's strategy work over the past few years has included cooperation between the parties in the petroleum industry and facilitation of employee participation in the petroleum activities.

Our experiences have shown that the players in the Norwegian petroleum activities largely have the formal systems with safety delegate service and working environment committees in place, while the practical implementation of employee participation has otherwise varied considerably.

We see, for example, that employee participation for contractor employees is facilitated to a lesser extent than for the operator employees. 

The purpose of the audit activity on Åsgard B was to follow up that facilitation of employee participation was practiced in accordance with the regulatory requirements.

The topics covered in the audit were:

  • The formal structure of the safety work, including the contractors' role
  • The area of authority for the working environment committees
  • The organisation of the safety delegate service, safety work and other measures to facilitate participation
  • Time set aside for safety work
  • Expertise/training of the safety delegate service

We met a committed safety delegate service on board Åsgard B, both as regards the operator and the contractors. We also received a generally good impression of the cooperation between the safety delegate service and the management on board.

No nonconformities were identified during the audit, however, improvements points relating to the approach in the facilitation of employee participation were identified.

Inger Anda, Director for communication and public affairs
Email: inger.anda@ptil.no | +47 970 54 064