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Audit of HSE management relating to hire of labour - ConocoPhillips

Between 7 April and 27 September 2913, the PSA carried out an audit for HSE management relating to the hire of labour for the connection of Ekofisk 2/4L.

The PSA has carried out an audit of the management of health, safety and the environment (HSE) relating to the hire of labour for the connection of Ekofisk 2/4L (EKOL).

Attention was focused in particular on hiring in the chain ConocoPhillips (COPNO), Rosenberg WorleyParsons (Rosenberg), Kaefer Technology AS (Kaefer) and NORSE Technology as (NORSE). Directly hired labour for Rosenberg, Kaefer and NORSE was also included in the audit.

The audit was conducted through meetings onshore on 11, 17 and 24 April, 28 August and a review at EKOL between 24 and 29 September 2013. The onshore meetings were also attended by the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority.

The topics of the audit were:

  • qualification and follow-up of suppliers
  • framework conditions for sound HSE management
  • risk elements/exposure and handling of risk elements
  • organisation and coordination of HSE work and protective work between the participants
  • forums and processes for influencing systematic HSE work
  • the safety organisation's role, competence, remits, time spent etc. in planning and performance of the connection

For a number of years, the PSA has placed a special emphasis on groups exposed to risk and for 2013 is continuing to follow up the measures the industry has adopted in this regard. The background to the audit is the fact that the connection of the accommodation module involves several simultaneous activities by numerous on-site participants, including employees from contractors, subcontractors and labour on hire to them. These are groups that may be especially exposed to risk.

The objective of the audit was to assess how COPNO in conjunction with contractors and subcontractors follows up risk-exposed groups in planning and executing the connection of EKOL.

The companies' management systems and qualification routines were presented at the meetings onshore, along with roles and responsibilities on the planning of the work to be performed on board. When the offshore part of the audit was conducted, the connection work out on the field had been going on for around six weeks.

We gained a consistently good impression of the management of occupational health and safety for the project's employees. The tasks are largely based on framework contracts between the participants who have worked together over a long time. The tasks are based on hourly rates and the employees gave the impression of being focused on working safely as much as on progress. The division of roles and responsibilities between the different participants was clear, both in the planning phase and execution at the facility. The middle managers at different levels in the connection project at EKOL took part in dialogue between the companies and had time to be in the field.

Prior to travelling out, many of the employees at EKOL had been on a two-day course, focused on occupational H&S factors, personal safety, attitudes and behaviour.

Through various instruments used in the work teams – such as toolbox meetings, reviews of work permits for new jobs, pre-job briefings, safe job analyses and personal safety involvement – the employees received close follow-up of their work and the introduction of risk elements to the work and surroundings.

There was employee participation throughout the project, both for the finished product and for the groups of employees working on connecting EKOL.

All the employee groups that we interviewed had safety deputies within their field of expertise.

Øyvind Midttun, press contact
Email: oyvind.midttun@ptil.no | +47 51 87 34 77