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Audit of preparedness and change processes - Gyda

During the period 8-10 September 2010, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) carried out an audit of Talisman Energy Norge AS (Talisman) and the Gyda facility. The audit was directed at the preparedness organisation, emergency response equipment and implementation and follow-up of organisational changes.

The audit was based on the Management Regulations and the Activities Regulations, Chapter VI-II relating to competence and Chapter XI relating to emergency preparedness. The audit was followed up with a meeting with Talisman on 27 October 2010.

Talisman is carrying out an organisational change with reductions in the workforce and implementation of integrated operations. The audit was conducted so that the PSA could gain knowledge of how the change process was carried out, and how employee participation was safeguarded. The audit also targeted the consequences of the change process as regards maintaining preparedness functions and for maintenance of emergency response equipment.

The purpose of the activity was to conduct an audit to ensure that Talisman plans, implements and follows-up the changes responsibly, so that HSE standards are maintained and further developed. The audit also included safeguarding preparedness functions and maintenance of emergency response equipment.

The audit focused on implementation and follow-up of organisational changes, the emergency preparedness organisation and emergency response equipment. Both nonconformities and improvement items were identified.

The nonconformities included:

  • Inadequate follow-up of implementation of the changes and handling of the consequences.
  • Inadequate management of emergency preparedness
  • Inadequate marking of and access to escape routes
  • Inadequate management of rescue equipment
  • Inadequate management system for lifeboats

The improvement items were linked to employee participation and conditions on the helicopter deck.

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