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Audit of management of the working environment and safety-critical barriers on Tjeldbergodden

From 3-5 May 2011, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) carried out an audit of management of the working environment and safety-critical barriers on Tjeldbergodden.


Background
One of the PSA’s main priorities for 2011 is risk-exposed groups. The objective of this main priority is for risk of injury and illness for particularly risk-exposed groups to be reduced.

Another main priority is technical and operational barriers. The objective of this main priority is for technical and operational barriers to be safeguarded in a comprehensive and consistent manner so the risk of major accidents is reduced as much as possible.

Objective
The sub-activity, management of working environment risk, is associated with the main priority, risk-exposed groups. In the audit, particular emphasis was placed on:

  • systems and practice for follow-up of the working environment with a particular focus on chemical working environment
  • systematics for identifying and following up risk-exposed groups
  • measures that are implemented to reduce risk 

The sub-activity, safety-critical barriers, is associated with the main priority, technical and operational barriers. In the audit, particular emphasis was placed on:

  • systems for management of barriers
  • preventive work to ensure quality of important barriers
  • systems and equipment that will prevent ignition of hydrocarbon leaks
  • the management’s involvement, particularly in relation to implementation and follow-up of barrier requirements in the new regulations. 

Results
The PSA has identified four nonconformities in relation to the regulations in the working environment area

  • Working environment mapping and identification of nonconformities
  • Systematic follow-up of working environment conditions
  • Training and information about working environment risk
  • Risk assessment in relation to groups

Improvement items were identified within the following areas

  • Chemical management
  • Follow-up of the contractor’s working environment

Furthermore, two improvement items in relation to safety-critical barriers that reduce risk were identified

  • Strategy in relation to design, use and maintenance of barriers
  • Hooking up and disconnecting heating cables in connection with winterisation 

The PSA also identified an improvement item associated with notification and reporting incidents to the authorities/the PSA.
 

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