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Audit series: Audit of notifications of censurable conditions at work – Aker Solutions

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) and the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority have jointly audited Aker Solution’s routines for handling notifications of censurable conditions (whistleblowing) at work.


Background
Notification concerns the reporting of censurable conditions at the workplace. Through their employment, employees may become aware of matters that are or could be contrary to:
  • legal acts and regulations
  • the company’s policies
  • the general perception of what is justifiable or ethically acceptable
The Working Environment Act gives permanent and contract workers the right to notify censurable conditions. The notification rules in the Working Environment Act cover cases where an employee notifies censurable conditions in his or her own company. The Act also entitles contracted employees to notify censurable conditions in the contracting company.
 
In connection with its systematic HSE work, the employer must prepare procedures for internal notifications or implement other measures to facilitate the right to notify censurable conditions. This right shall contribute to strengthening employees’ genuine freedom of expression in the workplace.


Result
We have received a copy of the company’s procedure for notification of censurable conditions. In its response, Aker Solutions describes how the procedure is communicated to employees and how the employee representatives have been involved.
It is however not apparent how the safety service has been involved.
The audit detected an improvement point concerning deficient employee participation in preparing the procedure.

The results of this audit series will be summarised in a report and published at psa.no

 

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