For a number of years, the PSA has followed up on the health, safety and environment aspects of Statoil's change and improvement activities.
The audit activity continued in 2014 at which time it focused on Statoil's own monitoring of improvement projects in relation to both previous improvement activities and new, ongoing change and improvement projects to reduce costs and raise efficiency.
The audit activity addresses three main topics: the company's own monitoring, risk management and employee participation.
Two of the main programmes currently being carried out within Statoil target improvements in technical efficiency (STEP) and organisational efficiency (OE).
The regulations require employee participation in such processes. The PSA therefore decided to devote particular attention to Statoil's arrangements for employee participation in connection with the change programmes.
Based on the audit components completed to date, we have concluded that the company's involvement of employees was not in compliance with the regulatory requirements for employee participation.
Our conclusion of non-conformity is based on the following observations:
The PSA has requested a statement from Statoil as to how the non-conformity will be remedied.